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PLIP! Judy Moody woke up. Drip, drip, drip went rain on the roof. Blip, blip, blip went drops on the window. Not again! It had been raining for seven days straight.
She, Judy Moody, was sick and tired of rain.
Judy put her head under the pillow. If only she was sick. Being sick was the greatest. You got to stay home and drink pop for breakfast and eat toast cut in special strips and watch TV in your room. You got to read Cherry Ames, Student Nurse, mysteries all day. And you got to eat yummy cherry cough drops. Hey! Maybe Cherry Ames was named after a cough drop!
Judy took out her mom’s old Cherry Ames book and popped a cough drop in her mouth anyway.
"Get up, Lazybones!" said Stink, knocking on her door.
"Can’t," said Judy. "Too much rain."
"Never mind. Just go to school without me."
"Mom, Judy’s skipping school!" Stink yelled.
Mom came into Judy’s room. "Judy, honey. What’s wrong?"
"I’m sick. Of rain," she whispered to Mouse.
"Sick? What’s wrong? What hurts?" asked Mom.
"My head, for one thing. From all that noisy rain."
"You have a headache?"
"Yes. And a sore throat. And a fever. And a stiff neck."
"That’s from sleeping with the dictionary under your pillow," said Stink. "To ace your spelling test."
"See, look. My tongue’s all red." Judy stuck out her Cherry-Ames-cough-drop tongue at Stink.
Mom felt Judy’s head. "You don’t seem to have a fever."
"Faker," said Stink.
"Come back in five minutes," said Judy. "I’ll have a fever by then."
"Faker, faker, faker," said Stink.
If only she had measles. Or chicken pox. Or . . . MUMPS! Mumps gave you a headache. Mumps gave you a stiff neck and a sore throat. Mumps made your cheeks stick out like Humpty Dumpty. Judy pushed the cough drop into her cheek and made it stick out, Humpty-Dumpty style.
"Mumps!" said Dr. Judy. "I think I have the mumps! For real!"
"Mumps!" said Stink. "No way. You got a shot for that. A no-mumps shot. We both did. Didn’t we, Mom?"
"Yes," said Mom. "Stink’s right."
"Maybe one mump got through."
"Sounds like somebody doesn’t want to go to school today," said Mom.
"Can I? Can I stay home, Mom? I promise I’ll be sick. All day."
"Let’s take your temperature," said Mom. She took the thermometer out of the case.
"Cat hair?" said Mom. "Is this cat hair on the thermometer?"
"She’s always making Mouse stick out her tongue and taking the cat’s temperature," said Stink.
Mom shook her head and went to wash off the thermometer. When she came back, she took Judy’s temperature. "It’s 98.6," said Mom. "Normal!"
"Faker, fakey, not-sick, big fat faker," said Stink.
"At least my temperature’s normal," said Judy. "Even if my brother isn’t."
"Better get dressed," said Mom. "Don’t want to be late."
"Stink? You’re a rat fink. Stink Rat-Fink Moody. That’s what I’ll call you from now on."
"Well, you’ll have to call me it at school ’cause you don’t get to stay home."
Judy stuck out her cherry-red, no-mumps tongue at Stink.
She was down in the dumps. She had a bad case of the grumps. The no-mumps Moody Monday blues. She, Judy Moody, felt like Mumpty Dumpty! Mumpty Dumpty without a temperature, that is.
Posted May 5, 2010
I purchased this book for my 6-yr granddaughter recently. She is in first grade, and has been reading at a 4th-5th grade level all year. She visited me at Easter for a few days, and as is our custom, we went to Barnes and Noble to pick out some books for her. She is an avid reader, and has been a huge fan of the Junie B. Jones series. We bought 2 of those, but then came across the Judy Moody series, and we both decided that this might be a good new series for her. We settled on "Judy Moody, M.D., The Doctor is In." Before she had left to go back home, my granddaughter had read half of the book, and would read aloud to me some of the humorous sections (there are many). She was highly entertained, giggling as she was reading, and I was delighted to find yet another series of books that she loves. The author, Megan McDonald, writes in a way that is highly appealing to children. Her characters are entertaining, and imaginative. I recently purchased a second Judy Moody book for my granddaaughter's 7th birthday, and I'm sure that she'll love that one, as well. I love to read myself, and am so happy my granddaughter shares this activity with me, as there are so many wonderful books for children of all ages. Thanks to Barnes and Noble, I can always find exactly what I want to read for myself, as well as for my granddaughter, and always look forward to the times that I can share with her when we "go shopping for books." I might add that she loves the Children's Section in our local B&N store, where she can take her time, browse through books, and sit down and read parts of a book to see if she'll like it. I love spending that time with her in this activity that we both enjoy so much!
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Posted December 31, 2011
I buy these books for the students I tutor especially the younger ones in 3rd and 4th grade. I tutor in ESL and my students love these stories as well as their moms. They are a great way to learn English and increase their vocab at the same time. The characters are typical American young people and yet they are funny at the same time, so they are easy books to start with for both foreign students and their parents.
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My students absolutely love J.M. books, and this one seems to be the best so far! I enjoyed reading this book for 'teacher read aloud.' Judy is always getting into some kind of mischief, but this time it's medical mischief! There is never a dull moment throughout the book. From Judy bringing in her brother's 'bellybutton thingy' for show and tell to performing surgery on a zucchini, you will discover non-stop laughs! Children and adults alike will be able to relate to the comical happenings that Judy encounters every day. I also enjoyed the way the chapters were named by using the 'M.D.' acronym. For example, chapter one is titled 'M.D.= A Moody Day' and chapter five is titled 'M.D.= Mucus Dermis.' My class always enjoyed hearing the next chapter title and we even made up some of our own. Buy this book for your class! Read it aloud to them! I assure you an entertaining time!
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Posted April 24, 2008
My book is Judy Moody Doctor Is In by Meghan McDonald. I really enjoyed this book because it is very funny. I would recommend another kid to read Judy Moody Doctor Is In by Megan McDonald. A girl named Judy Moody has a school project to do. Her class is learning about the human body. They are going on a field trip. She will be a doctor. She wants to a doctor when she grows up to. She is going to do a surgery on someone. But since no one will let her do surgery on them zucchini fill with ketchup to look like it was bleeding. She also, drew a face on the zucchini. She cuts open the zucchini and it fell on the floor so the ketchup splattered all over. Judy Moody is a dare devil. She goes out and does crazy things. My rating is Outstanding. I picked outstanding because it was an awesome. I think the book was excellent. Will Judy get sick herself? Does she want to be a like Elizabeth Blackwell? Will she operate on her brother Stink¿s frog? Will she bring in her brothers belly button? This is how to find out. Read Judy Moody Doctor Is In by Megan McDonald. Find out all the crazy things that Judy Moody does this time. Trust me she does do some crazy things. Find out the conflict 'problem', and all the things Judy Moody does. If you like funny tales this is the book for you. That is why I recommend another kid to read Judy Moody Doctor Is In by Meghan McDonald.
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