Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Practicing the Piano (But She Does Love Being in Recitals): Moxy Maxwell Series, Book 3

Overview

Moxy’s back, and ready (kind of, sort of) for her big piano recital!

In this hilarious third installment about everyone’s favorite ’tween procrastinator, Moxy Maxwell is set to make her Piano Debut, playing a duet of “Heart and Soul” with her little sister, Pansy. It’s too bad she has no time to practice. Between costume fittings, trying on her crown, warming up her voice, and putting on her stage makeup, Moxy can’t possibly worry about the actual performance. But soon it’s upon...

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Overview

Moxy’s back, and ready (kind of, sort of) for her big piano recital!

In this hilarious third installment about everyone’s favorite ’tween procrastinator, Moxy Maxwell is set to make her Piano Debut, playing a duet of “Heart and Soul” with her little sister, Pansy. It’s too bad she has no time to practice. Between costume fittings, trying on her crown, warming up her voice, and putting on her stage makeup, Moxy can’t possibly worry about the actual performance. But soon it’s upon her, and Moxy feels something she’s only felt once before in her entire life: nervous! She’s not sure she can go on. Of course, Moxy is Moxy and she rises to the occasion brilliantly.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Summer Whiting
Tonight is Moxy Maxwell's big night! She will be making her piano debut at the very professional and elegant Palace Theater. (And not because of her talent—it is because the owner of the theater is Moxy's mother's friend.) Moxy is scheduled to play a duet with her younger sister. On the day of the recital, her mother returns from Africa to find a note from Moxy's piano teacher, Ms. Killingher. Ms. Killingher is worried about Moxy's bad habit of not stopping at the end of her duet, "Heart and Soul." In fact, Moxy keeps playing until she has decided she has been in the spotlight long enough. Ms. Killingher feels that it would be best to not subject the other students, as well as other members of the community, to Moxy's playing, unless of course she can agree to play the song as written. (Moxy has created an extra part. It may sound like pounding to you, but it is really the sound of a beating heart.) Moxy is not going to let this bit of information get in the way. She has been preparing for tonight. She even designed a cape to wear during her performance, a cape that has her name spelled across the back. In glitter, no less. Moxy arrives at the theatre, expecting to find all 2,400 seats filled. Instead she sees approximately twenty-three people in the audience. This does not dismiss the fear that has suddenly consumed her. When it is her turn to play, Moxy Maxwell is frozen behind the stage curtain. In true Moxy fashion, she finds her courage, begins to play, and actually stops before the song is over, thanks to her grumbling belly. Reluctant readers will be engrossed in this novel and will enjoy the laughable photographs of Moxy and her family that are interspersed throughout.Boys, as well as girls, will get a big kick out of Moxy's antics. Reviewer: Summer Whiting
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—In this quick, quirky story, Moxy is preparing to play "Heart and Soul" with her sister in a piano recital. She's excited to dress up and go onstage in front of a large, adoring audience, but one small detail stands in her way: she can't seem to find the time to practice, so she's really not prepared. With her mother and aunt just back from Africa, her stepfather incessantly working on a poem about the elephant bird, her grandmother sewing glittery capes for the concert, and her friends and siblings in the mix as well, who can blame Moxy for getting a little distracted? Plus, she's got important things to do, like making fake ermine trim out of bath towels for the capes. Black-and-white snapshots "taken by Moxy's brother" are scattered throughout, providing glimpses into what the household and family members "really" look like. This installment will keep readers looking forward to the next one.—Amanda Moss Struckmeyer, Middleton Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
Prime procrastinator and drama queen Moxy Maxwell is about to take the stage for real, making her Piano Debut at the Palace Theater, playing "Heart and Soul" with her little sister, Patsy. True, there is the scary note from the piano teacher. But how can she practice stopping and not pounding when there is so much else to do to prepare? Once again, Gifford offers a hilarious and very nearly believable glimpse into a day in Maxwell family life. Those familiar with the first two volumes will recognize the enticing format: short, episodic chapters with long, often foreboding titles ("In Which Mrs. Maxwell Gets Back to the Point"). They may decide that twin brother Mark's illustrative photography (provided by Fisher) is getting better; some pictures are even in focus. Sympathetic readers of any age will appreciate that, although she has just returned from Africa (bringing her own twin, the fearless, glamorous Aunt Susan Standish), Moxy's exhausted mom is there when a suddenly faint-hearted performer needs her most. This is a solid addition to a popular series, sure to attract new fans. (Fiction. 7-11)
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—In ultra-short chapters, this tale (Schwartz & Wade, 2009) by Peggy Gifford chronicles the day of ten-year-old Moxy Maxwell's big piano recital. Her piano teacher had concerns about Moxy's ability to perform in the recital and sends home a note to her parents. With her mother away until that morning and her father preoccupied, Moxy's parents don't learn of the dilemma until a few hours before show time. Well aware of her teacher's concerns, Moxy is too worried about embellishing her attire for the affair to be concerned with her performance. Clea Lewis's engaging narration saves this otherwise tedious narrative which accounts each minor detail in Moxy's self-absorbed world. For fans of the series.—Karen T. Bilton, Mary Jacobs Library, Rocky Hill, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307579997
  • Publisher: Listening Library, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/8/2009
  • Series: Moxy Maxwell
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

Peggy Gifford is the author of Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little and Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank-You Notes, both Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year. She lives in New York City and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Valorie Fisher is the author-illustrator of When Ruby Tried to Grow Candy and How High Can a Dinosaur Count? She lives in Cornwall, Connecticut.

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Chapter 1

The Setup

It was just after 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, and Moxy Maxwell was still in bed. Outside, the temperature was sixty-four degrees. Inside, a slight (5 mph) breeze was coming through her open windows. Her white curtains were ballooning up and down as the wind came and went. Four or five birds were making chirping sounds. They were not exactly the chirping sounds Moxy was always reading about in books, but they were bird sounds just the same, reminding Moxy that she had almost forgotten about the fact of birds.

It was the perfect day not to wear a hat. The perfect day to put on her new red Windbreaker with the white piping and the three felt-lined pockets and go outside and see what was up. But Moxy didn't have time.

Moxy didn't have time because Moxy had a list of Nine Things to Do Before Tonight.

Chapter 2

In Which We Learn About Tonight

Tonight Moxy Maxwell was going to make her Piano Debut at the Palace Theater. She and her sister, Pansy, who had just turned five (and still could not tie her shoes), were going to play a duet called "Heart and Soul."

Chapter 3

Moxy Plays the Palace

The Palace Theater was only the biggest theater in town. It had 2,400 seats and was the place where all the Big Broadway Musicals played when they came on their national tours. Moxy's Piano Debut was being held at the unfashionable hour of 5 p.m. instead of the more civilized 7 p.m. because a very famous Rock Star (who no one but her mother had heard of) was scheduled to play the Palace at 8 p.m.

In fact, if Moxy's friend Sam hadn't happened to have a mother who owned the Palace Theater in the first place, Moxy's Piano Debut wouldn't have been there at all. It would have been in the basement of Temple Emanuel on Lee Road.

From the Hardcover edition.

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