Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little

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by Peggy Gifford
     
 

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Here's the first book in the hilarious Moxy Maxwell series, which includes Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank-you Notes and Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Practicing the Piano.

It wasn't as if Moxy hadn't tried to do her summer reading. She and Stuart Little had been inseparable all summer, like best friends. If Stuart Little

Overview

Here's the first book in the hilarious Moxy Maxwell series, which includes Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank-you Notes and Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Practicing the Piano.

It wasn't as if Moxy hadn't tried to do her summer reading. She and Stuart Little had been inseparable all summer, like best friends. If Stuart Little wasn't in her backpack, it was in her lap . . . or holding up the coffee table . . . or getting splashed when Moxy went swimming. But now it's the end of August—the day before fourth grade. And if Moxy doesn't read all of Stuart Little immediately, there are going to be "consequences."

It may look like Moxy is doing nothing, but actually she is very busy with a zillion highly crucial things—like cleaning up her room (sort of) and training her dog and taking a much-needed rest in the hammock. Just look at the pictures her twin brother Mark takes to document it all—they're scattered throughout—and you'll see why it's so difficult to make time for a book about a mouse.

Of course our heroine does manage to finish her book, falling so in love with it that she finds herself reading under the covers with a flashlight, late into the night.

From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“WITH ITS BRILLIANTLY accessible application of a usually complex narrative technique, this work represents a significant raising of the bar for writers of chapter books. Technique or no technique, kids will recognize Moxy—and they will love her.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred

“Gifford’s depiction of an overly exuberant nine-year-old may remind some readers of Lois Lowry’s Gooney Bird Greene.—School Library Journal

“The short, sassy chapters have an immediacy that may have readers wringing their hands as the clock ticks down.”—Booklist

School Library Journal

Gr 2-4
How many ways can a soon-to-be fourth grader find to avoid reading Stuart Little ? It's the one book that Moxy Maxwell has to read over the summer. Her remarkable imagination, coupled with stubbornness, gets her to the night before school starts. She's kept the book with her, but just couldn't bring herself to dig in. It's not that she doesn't like to read-she just despises being told what to read. It may be no surprise that when she finally picks the book up, she loves it. Gifford's depiction of an overly exuberant nine-year-old may remind some readers of Lois Lowry's Gooney Bird Greene (Houghton, 2002). Moxy is funny, and most readers will empathize with her avoiding something simply because it's required. One might wish for a little more depth from Moxy, more moderation of her self-centeredness, and, after a few chapters, her aevoidance tactics grow a tad stale. But the photographs-touted as having been taken by her twin brother-are fresh. (He read Stuart Little the first day of summer vacation.) Moxy's sarcastic captions for them seize the tone of her day. A dryly observant narration, clever chapter titles, and the spot-on illustrations provide added lift to the story.
—Pat LeachCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
A chapter-book picaresque hilariously chronicles one day in the life of almost-fourth-grader Moxy Maxwell. From the heretical title to the short chapters, headed in fine 18th-century style ("In Which Moxy Realizes Her Mother Is Home"), and Fisher's snort-inducing "documentary" photographs, everything about this offering reaches out to draw the reader in. A slyly intrusive narrator relates the events of August 23 (the day before school begins), occasionally commenting on the action or offering an alternative interpretation as Moxy struggles with Stuart Little, the assigned summer reading she has avoided for months. Moxy is an exuberantly unforgettable character, her reluctance to settle down to read partially explained by her list of 211 Possible Career Paths. Newcomer Gifford surrounds Moxy with equally memorable family and friends, from twin brother Mark, who finished Stuart Little on the first day of summer, to Mom, whose "consequences" loom ever larger as the disastrous day progresses. With its brilliantly accessible application of a usually complex narrative technique, this work represents a significant raising of the bar for writers of chapter books. Technique or no technique, kids will recognize Moxy-and they will love her. (Fiction. 7-11)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440422303
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
04/22/2008
Series:
Moxy Maxwell Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
317,399
Product dimensions:
5.15(w) x 7.66(h) x 0.29(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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Meet the Author

Peggy Gifford's original plan was to become a famous (but really nice) actress. But after touring Ohio as Winnie-the-Pooh, she decided to become a writer instead. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writer's Workshop, and her work has appeared in the Iowa Review, the Antioch Review, and women's magazines like Redbook. This is her first novel for children. She lives in New York, New York and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Valorie Fisher is the author-illustrator of How High Can a Dinosaur Count?, which recevied two starred reviews, among other titles. Her first two picture books, My Big Brother and My Big Sister—both Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award winners—were, like Moxy Maxwell, illustrated with photographs. She lives in Cornwall, Connecticut.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Victoria-Star More than 1 year ago
Moxy Maxwell loves to read, dont get her wrong. She'll stay up to midnight reading her favorite books. But what is it about a cute little white mouse that makes her put off reading it all summer long? Maybe it's just becuase she's too distracted, and every time she starts reading, something else happens to demand her time... An eye catching cover and title are only the starts of this fabulous book. By a first time author, it's charming, witty, and just all around cozy and lovable. Moxy is a quirky character, and the black and white pictures that illustrate...are breathtakingly amazing! Their rawness and old fashioned-ness (is that a word? Well, we'll make it one for the sake of this book) made me squeal. I loved them. Content here- you couldn't ask for less. Not one trace of sex, violence, language, or anything else to speak of. The story was short, but it didn't take away from the story. I loved it. Love, love, love. Can't wait to read the sequels and see how they measure up. I love Moxy! Read this and see if you do too :) **Thanks for reading! Please mark this review as helpful and check out my other reviews! God bless!**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It os not at all the best book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im gonna read it!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Moxy does not want to read Stuart Little. So much so that she has tried to destroy her copy of the book. Her brother takes pictures that really enhance the plot, and it's altogether laugh out loud. Great summer read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who knew someone would write a book about not liking Stuart Little? It's a very short book, but it is really funny. It teaches a good lesson, don't judge a book by its cover!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book read it twice!
Crazydude14 More than 1 year ago
This book is horrible. Is sucks. The writing is bad, the chapters make no sense, and it makes you think "READ THE STUPID BOOK ALREADY!!!!". It is so horrible, that i couldn't finish it, but i had to warn all of you fellow readers about this cruddy book. BEWARE!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ALSO IT SAID STUART DIES HE DOESNT DIE MS MAXWELL U R A BIG FAT LIER 4 TELLING MOXY THAT U CRAZY MOTHER OF A WOMAN!!!!!!!!!!! :(