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Judy Moody Goes to College (Judy Moody Series #8)

Judy Moody Goes to College (Judy Moody Series #8)

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by Megan McDonald

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It's her funniest adventure yet! A few sessions with a college-age math tutor turn Judy into a jargon-spouting polygon princess. Crucial!

Judy Moody is in a mood. Not a good mood. And definitely NOT a math mood. The substitute teacher in Class 3T thinks Judy's math skills need improving. So Judy has to start meeting with a math tutor. Does this mean


It's her funniest adventure yet! A few sessions with a college-age math tutor turn Judy into a jargon-spouting polygon princess. Crucial!

Judy Moody is in a mood. Not a good mood. And definitely NOT a math mood. The substitute teacher in Class 3T thinks Judy's math skills need improving. So Judy has to start meeting with a math tutor. Does this mean flash cards? Does this mean baby games? Does this mean school on weekends? But when Judy meets her tutor — a sick-awesome college student with an uber-funky sense of style — and gets a glimpse of college life, Judy's bad math-i-tude turns into a radical glad-i-tude. Pretty soon, Judy's not only acing her math class; she's owning it. Time to say good-bye to Judy Moody, old skool third-grader, and say hello to Miss College! Small-tall upside-down backward non-fat capp with extra whip, anyone?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
The latest installment of the Judy Moody and Stink books finds Judy struggling to overcome her dislike of a substitute teacher. When Mr. Todd goes away for two weeks, Mrs. Grossman takes over the classroom and changes everything so much that Judy can no longer concentrate in class. When Mrs. Grossman sends a note home to Judy's parents to tell them that Judy is having trouble with math, Judy's parents decide to find her a tutor at the local college. Visiting her tutor on the college campus, Judy enters a new and amazing world and immediately begins to transform her life—and her friends' lives—into a college student's life. In typical fashion, McDonald writes an engaging story that draws the reader into Judy's world and makes them as much a part of the story as Judy and her family. The simple illustrations add depth to the text, adequately showcasing the changes in Judy's appearance and demeanor as the story progresses. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
Get ready for a wild and wooly read with this hilarious chapter book from the "Judy Moody" series. In this fast paced book, Judy's school time does not go as well as it should when her class gets a substitute teacher. Ultimately, the substitute convinces Judy's parents that Judy needs help with math. Her parents hire a college-aged tutor to help, and Judy's college experience begins. The fun-loving tutor finds excellent ways to present math work while using real life situations. At the same time, Judy is exposed to college life. Judy thrives in the setting and begins to think of herself as a college student. Her attempt to dress like a college student adds to the captivating tale. Humor that appears throughout the text is sure to keep young readers turning pages. Even chapter titles, including "Math-i-tude," "Brat-i-tude," "Cat-i-tude," and "Flunk-i-tude" are witty. Black and white illustrations feature Judy, her class, her college experience, and many of the humorous situations. Included at the end is a spiffy section called "Judy's Not-Webster's New World College Dictionary, First Edition." It contains definitions for many of the fun phrases that likable Judy learns at college. Phrases listed in the section include "geck," "hit me up later," and "ridonkulus." This well-written, entertaining chapter book is a plus for emerging readers looking for a longer book. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury

Product Details

Candlewick Press
Publication date:
Judy Moody Series , #8
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Barnes & Noble
Sales rank:
600L (what's this?)
File size:
7 MB
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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When Judy Moody got to school on Monday, she had a new teacher. Her new teacher was called a sub (not the sandwich). Her new teacher was called Mrs. Grossman. Exactly three things were wrong with that. (1) Mrs. Grossman was NOT gross. (2) Mrs. Grossman was NOT a man. (3) Mrs. Grossman was NOT Mr. Todd.

Judy was the first to raise her hand. "Where’s Mr. Todd?"

"I'm sure Mr. Todd told everyone on Friday that he was going to a special teacher conference."

"I wasn't here Friday," said Judy.

"He's going to learn to be a better teacher," said Jessica Finch.

"But Mr. Todd's already a great teacher," said Judy.

"Maybe he's getting a special teacher award," said Rocky.

"Where did he go?" Judy asked. "And when will he be back?"

The others joined in. "Are you going to read us Catwings? Mr. Todd always reads us Catwings. And Catwings Return."

"Are you going to take us on field trips? Mr. Todd always takes us on field trips."

"Are we still Class 3T? Or are we Class 3G now?"

"Mr. Todd is in Bologna, Italy," said Mrs. Grossman.

SHEESH. Life was no fair. Judy liked baloney (the sandwich). Judy liked Italy. She even knew a special dance from Italy—the tarantella. Mr. Todd was probably in the Land of Baloney right now, dancing like a tarantula, while they were stuck in the Land of Multiplication, learning boring old times tables.

She, Judy Moody, did not like third grade, Class 3T-that-was-now-3G, without Mr. Todd.

Judy Moody's new teacher came from New England. She did not talk like Mr. Todd. She talked funny, with a lot of extra r's. Judy Moody's new teacher did not wear cool glasses like Mr. Todd. She wore glasses hanging from a chain around her neck. She did not even smell like Mr. Todd. She smelled like she took a bath in P.U. perfume.

Judy Moody's new teacher put up a tent in the back of the room with a sign that said ATTITUDE TENT. Judy wondered what attitude they had to be in to get to go camping.

And . . . Judy Moody's new teacher was cuckoo for candy. She gave out candy for good behavior to everybody (minus Judy, because she was in a mood). She even gave out candy for the right answers in math. Pretty soon, the whole class was going to have math cavities. Except for Judy.

Today, Mrs. Grossman was talking about measure. Quarts and gallons and barrels and hogsheads. She tried to make it sound like math was a barrel of fun. But Judy, for one, did not give a pig's ear about hogsheads.

Mrs. Grossman wore ten gallons of perfume. Mrs. Grossman gave out twenty hogsheads of candy.

Instead of listening, Judy played with her watch. Her brand-new, fancy-dancy, robin's-egg-blue, glow-in-the-dark Ask-a-Question Watch 5000, complete with predict-the-future answers and screen saver.

Blah, blah, blah, said Mrs. Grossman. Rounding numbers up, rounding numbers down. Judy estimated that rounding did not make math one bit easier.

Judy pressed some buttons. A nightlight blinked. A dual-time button gave the time in TWO countries so a person did not have to wear two different watches.

Scribble, scribble. Mrs. Grossman scratched on the board for a math-ternity.

Judy pressed the big green questionmark button.

Rare! It was just like the Magic 8 Ball. Ask the watch a question, press the glow-in-the-dark green button, and it gave you mystery answers.

Is Mrs. Grossman cuckoo for math?


Is Mrs. Grossman ever going to give me candy?


Am I going to college someday?


Is Mr. Todd ever coming back?


"Judy? Did you hear the question?"

Judy did not hear the question. So Judy did not know the answer.

Was it 77? 88? 99? Gallons? Bathtubs? Barrels? Pigs' heads?

Judy blurted the only answer that sprang to mind.

"Hazy!" she called out.


JUDY MOODY GOES TO COLLEGE by Megan McDonald. Copyright © 2008 by Megan McDonald. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Somerville, MA.

Meet the Author

Megan McDonald is the creator of the popular and award-winning Judy Moody and Stink series. She is also the author of two Sisters Club stories and many other books for children. She lives in Sebastopol, California.

Peter H. Reynolds is the illustrator of the Judy Moody and Stink books and the author-illustrator of THE DOT, ISH, SO FEW OF ME, THE NORTH STAR, and ROSE'S GARDEN. He lives in Dedham, Massachusetts.

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Judy Moody Goes to College (Judy Moody Series #8) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 158 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
VERY GOOD!!!!!!!! Good for 6-12 olds
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book isone of the youngest books i have ever read. Meaning a girl like me that is eleven like me should also feel the same way. I read on a college level so for me as a sixth grader this is far beyond mature. This is like reading a first grade poem aloud. But he only reason i get it is because my little sisters(9) love the series. So i have to buy each series. They love the characters and "humor". I feel anyone under the fifth grade should readbthese types of books. In my perrspective i dont feel this book is mature for their age or just plain stupid. You grown ups might be wonder ing ho am i on a college reading level but i just read and learn vocabulary as i go. But anywas thos book is really underage for anyone over 11.
allie211 More than 1 year ago
College is important to talk about early on! Plus who doesn't love Judy Moody!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its just very fun moody that judy moody college. I mean my teacher would never let me go to college. I read this book like a hour a day and i cant get through it because it is so thick. And that is why i like it because it is a thick book and i love thick books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Megan Mcdonald does it again in the eight installement of the fantastic Judy Moody series. Judy ends up going to college for tutoring in math and after all of the fun she's been having she starts to let her "college life" go to her head.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Amy D'Alton More than 1 year ago
Lov it
Ximena Lopez More than 1 year ago
i loved it!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite one of the Judy Moody Books. Try reading the new blackout one. This series is great for kids and you should read it. SOOOOO GOOOOOD!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read! Woo Hoo!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Judy Moody is very funny and she gets angry very easily. Stink really does stink and sll the other characters are interesting too. By Stargirl
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Caroline Nixon More than 1 year ago
My 9 yo: "I love this book!"
Charles Lasala More than 1 year ago
i think its great!
Liz Fogle More than 1 year ago
it was really good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this is the best Judy book ever. I TOTALLY recomend this book to all the world. ALL ALL ALL THE WORLD!! And I mean every single "very". Its about Judy going to a math lab at College. Does she like it or not? Read to find out!
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Kiss ur hand three times and repost this in three other books then look under ur pillow
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Har har har
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The Judy Moody books are the best and I read 4 books and I like other books to.
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SO COOL!!!!!!!