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Judy Moody (Judy Moody Series #1)

Judy Moody (Judy Moody Series #1)

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by Megan McDonald

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The mercurial Judy Moody will delight any kid who's known a bad mood or a bad day—and managed to laugh anyway.

"Judy Moody was in a mood. Not a good mood. A bad mood. A mad-faced mood."

To start, Judy Moody doesn't have high hopes for third grade. Her new desk won't have an armadillo sticker with her name on it. Her new classroom will not have a


The mercurial Judy Moody will delight any kid who's known a bad mood or a bad day—and managed to laugh anyway.

"Judy Moody was in a mood. Not a good mood. A bad mood. A mad-faced mood."

To start, Judy Moody doesn't have high hopes for third grade. Her new desk won't have an armadillo sticker with her name on it. Her new classroom will not have a porcupine named Roger. And with her luck, she'll get stuck sitting in the first row, where Mr. Todd will notice every time she tries to pass a note to her best friend, Rocky. An aspiring doctor, Judy does have a little brother who comes in handy for practicing medicine, a cool new pet, and a huge Band-Aid collection.

Judy also has an abundance of individuality and attitude, and when Mr. Todd assigns a very special class project, she really gets a chance to express herself! Megan McDonald's spirited text and Peter Reynolds's wry illustrations combine in a feisty, funny first chapter book for every kid who has ever felt a little out of sorts.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
McDonald's (the Beezy books) comical novel introduces the entertainingly mercurial Judy Moody. The book itself has a look as fresh as its heroine (a compact trim size and an inventive jacket design die-cut that reveals the bright green and orange of the cover below). From the start, Judy devises intriguing solutions to her dilemmas. The book opens on the first day of third grade, with a hilarious spread in pen-and-ink wash showing only Judy's feet sticking up from her bed as her mother attempts to rouse her from the doorway. What to wear? Judy has no T-shirt to rival her classmates' shirts touting their exotic summer destinations, so the heroine decorates a plain white T with a drawing of a shark and the words "I Ate a Shark." For a "Me collage" at school, she insists that her cat, Mouse, is too old to qualify for the "My Favorite Pet" slot; unable to find a two-toed sloth, she purchases a Venus flytrap and proceeds to overfeed it raw hamburger. Her relationship to her best friend, Rocky, and her second-grade brother, Stink, also propel the plot in diverting directions, and the dialogue is spot-on (e.g., when aspiring doctor Judy gets her kit in the mail, Stink asks, "Why can't I ever be Elizabeth Blackwell, First Woman Doctor?" and she responds, "For one thing, you're a boy"). It's hard to imagine a mood Judy couldn't improve. Ages 6-9. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Young readers will enjoy meeting Judy Moody--and her many moods--in this funny, easy-to-read chapter book. Judy has a little brother named "Stink," a bug-eating pet plant named "Jaws" and a roomful of "stuff" collections. She has a best friend, Rocky. AND a 'pest' friend--paste-eating, dull-as-dirt Frank Pearl. Judy's adventures begin on the first day of third grade when her new teacher, Mr. Todd, asks each student to create a ME collage. This puts Judy into a happy, cut-and-paste mood! But, it's also the day that Frank Pearl invites Judy to be the one-and-only girl at his upcoming just-for-nerds birthday party. Ouch--Judy gets a stubborn, grouchy mood attack! Readers will laugh along with Judy's moods, good and bad, as she discovers that sometimes the "Worst Thing Ever" corner of your ME collage can bump right against your "Funniest Thing Ever" spot...and that sometimes a 'pest' friend can put you in the best of moods. Adding immensely to the fun of this book are Peter Reynolds' funny, squiggly, pen-and-ink drawings, which have been sprinkled liberally throughout the text. 2000, Candlewick Press, Ages 8 to 11, $15.99. Reviewer: Dianne Ochiltree
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Judy Moody is grumpy. She hates the thought of summer ending and dreads starting third grade, until her new teacher asks each student to create a "Me" collage to share with the class. Then she can't wait to tell about her new pet-a Venus flytrap that eats bugs and hamburger, the T.P. (Toad Pee) Club initiation, and how she ate a shark over the summer. Judy's second-grade brother Stink and her friend Rock are major figures in the story as is her nemesis, Frank Pearl. Judy is independent, feisty, and full of energy, a delightful new character for beginning chapter-book readers. Reynolds has captured her personality in his humorous illustrations done in watercolor, tea, and pen and ink.-Janie Schomberg, Leal Elementary School, Urbana, IL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Kirkus Reviews
Changeable skies arch over a third-grader's moodscape in this easy-reading chapter book from the versatile McDonald (The Night Iguana Left Home, 1999, etc). Whether it's having to sit next to Frank "Eats Paste" Pearl on the first day of school, having a toad relieve itself in her hand, or playing the role of a cavity at the Brush Your Teeth Week assembly while her little brother Stink gets to tour the White House, something is always putting Judy into a grouchy mood, at least for a while. The author casts her appealing protagonist with equally appealing friends, plus a brother who not only holds his own, but also has a redeeming ability to take a practical joke. She brings the episodic story to a satisfying climax in which Judy, instead of throwing a tantrum, resourcefully rescues her homework, a painstakingly constructed collage, after Stink accidentally splashes it with purple juice. Reynolds's black and white washes are perfectly placed to track Judy's ups and downs, though parts of the full spread scenes do vanish into the gutter. Surefire fare for Cleary, Kline, and Hurwitz fans. (Fiction. 8-10)

Product Details

Candlewick Press
Publication date:
Judy Moody Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.70(d)
530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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Judy Moody

By Megan McDonald


Copyright © 2002

Megan McDonald

All right reserved.

ISBN: 0763612316

When Judy Moody arrived in third grade, her teacher, Mr. Todd, stood by the door, welcoming everyone. "Hello there, Judy."

"Hello, Mr. Toad," said Judy. She cracked herself up.

"Class, please hang your backpacks on the hooks and put your lunches in the cubbies," said Mr. Todd.

Judy Moody looked around the classroom. "Do you have a porcupine named Roger?" Judy asked Mr. Todd.

"No, but we have a turtle named Tucson. Do you like turtles?"

She liked turtles! But she caught herself just in time. "No. I like toads." Judy cracked up again.

"Rocky, your seat is over by the window, and Judy, yours is right up front," said Mr. Todd.

"I knew it," said Judy. She surveyed her new front-row desk. It didn't have an armadillo sticker with her name on it.

Guess Who sat across the aisle from her. Frank Eats-Paste Pearl. He glanced at Judy sideways, then bent his thumb all the way back, touching his wrist. Judy rolled her tongue like a hot dog back at him.

"You like sharks too?" he asked, passing her a small white envelope with her name on it.

Ever since they had danced the Maypole together in kindergarten, this boy would not leave her alone. In first grade, Frank Pearl sent her five valentines. In second grade, he gave her a cupcake on Halloween, on Thanksgiving, and on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Now, on the first day of third grade, he gave her a birthday party invitation. Judychecked the date inside-his birthday was not for three weeks! Even a real shark would not scare him off.

"Can I look inside your desk?" asked Judy. He moved to one side. No sign of paste.

Mr. Todd stood in front of the class. GINO'S EXTRA-CHEESE PIZZA was printed in large letters on the board.

"Are we having extra-cheese pizza for lunch?" Judy asked.

"For Spelling." Mr. Todd held his finger to his lips like it was a secret. "You'll see."

Then he said, "Okay! Third grade! Listen up! We're going to try something
different to kick off the year, as a way of getting to know one another. This year, each of you will make your own Me collage. All about YOU. You can draw or cut out pictures and paste things to your collage that tell the class what makes you YOU."

A Me collage! It sounded fun to Judy, but she didn't say so.

"We don't have to draw a map of our family, then?" asked Jessica Finch.
"I'm passing out a list of ideas for things you might include, like your family. I'm also giving everyone a folder for collecting the things you want to put on your collage. We'll work on these as we have time over the next month. At the end of September, you'll each get a chance to tell the class about YOU."

All through Language Arts and Social Studies, Judy thought about one thing-herself. Judy Moody, star of her own Me collage. Maybe third grade wasn't so bad after all.

"Okay, everybody. Time for Spelling."

"Yuck. Spelling," Judy said under her breath, remembering her bad mood.

"Yuck. Spelling," Frank Pearl agreed. Judy squinched her eyebrows at him.

"Take out a piece of paper and write down five spelling words you can find hidden in the words on the board, GINO'S EXTRA-CHEESE PIZZA."

"Cool Spelling, huh?" said a note passed to Judy by Frank.

"No," she wrote back on her hand, flashing it at him.

Judy took out her brand-new package of Grouchy pencils with mad faces on them. GROUCHY pencils-for completely impossible moods, said the package. Ever see a pencil that looks like it got up on the wrong side of the bed?

Perfect. The new Grouchy pencil helped her think. She found the words TREE, TEXAS, and TAXI hidden in Mr. Todd's spelling on the board. But instead she wrote down 1)NO 2)NO 3)NO 4)NO 5)NO.

"Who would like to tell the class five words they came up with?" asked Mr. Todd.

Judy's hand shot up.


"NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!" said Judy.

"That's one word. I need four more. Come up and write them on the board."

Judy Moody did not write TREE, TEXAS, and TAXI. Instead she wrote RAT and GNAT.

"How about BRAT?" called Rocky.

"There's no B," said Frank Pearl.

TIGER, wrote Judy.

"One more word," said Mr. Todd.

SPIT, wrote Judy.

"Can you use any of those words in a sentence, Judy?" asked Mr. Todd.

"The tiger spit on the rat and the gnat."

The whole class cracked up. Frank laughed so hard he snorted.

"Are you in a bad mood today?" asked Mr. Todd.

"ROAR," said Judy Moody.

"That's too bad," said Mr. Todd. "I was just about to ask who wants to go
down to the office and pick up the pizza. It's a welcome-back surprise."
"Pizza? Pizza! For real?" The room buzzed with excitement.

Judy Moody wanted to be the one to pick up the pizza. She wanted to be the one to open the box. She wanted to be the one who got to keep the little three-legged plastic table that kept the box top from sticking to the pizza.

"So. Who would like to pick up the pizza today?" asked Mr. Todd.

"Me!" yelled Judy. "Me! Me! Me! Me! Me!" everyone shouted at once, waving their hands like windmills in the air.

Rocky raised his hand without saying a word.

"Rocky, would you like to pick up the pizza?"

"Sure!" said Rocky.

"Luck-y!" Judy said.

JUDY MOODY by Megan McDonald. Copyright (c) 2000 by Megan McDonald. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.


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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 Reynolds is an award-winning animator, artist, author, Web site creator, and educator. Peter says he felt an immediate connection to Judy Moody because, "having an 11-year-old daughter, I have witnessed firsthand the adventures of a very independent-minded girl." Peter Reynolds lives in Dedham, Massachusetts.

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interlectual More than 1 year ago
My daughter developed a love for Judy Moody for her Summer reading. She is 8 and reads at a 5th grade level. She is half way though the collection of Judy Moody books. The stories are great, funny and there's a lesson always in each. She's usually stuck in the book as much as she could. Great for Summer reading for 2nd and 3rd graders.
MrGTeach More than 1 year ago
Judy Moody is absolutely the kind of book I would have been into when I was a kid. She's a great character: funny and sarcastic, marches to the beat of her own drummer, able to learn from her mistakes and believable. I used this with a small book club in my class, and the kids loved it. There are plenty of opportunities to engage the kids in talks about Judy's actions and motivations. I really enjoyed it.
Balina More than 1 year ago
loved this book- I can only recommend this
Destinees_Mom More than 1 year ago
I have an 8yr. old who loves the read. The thing is that she will read a book straight through and not remember what it is about. I went to Barnes and Noble to case out the children section for books that we can read together. I happen to come across the Judy Moody selection. My daughter loved it. Now its a prize to go to Barnes and noble to get another Judy Moody book. I am excited to complete our selection. Baby Mouse is a great one for her to read on her own. She can not wait for next book.
Taylor Moran More than 1 year ago
I think it is the best you shoud read the whole seires!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tayah More than 1 year ago
i am 10 and i found this an easy read. depending on your reading level this may become boring. i read this on a bet. i had to read all the judy moody books in a week. since my teacher thinks i should be reading more mature books, i also think this is somewhat boring. if you like goofy and silly stories i recomend you read this. if you are more of the serious type, this book may become annoying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought it for my 6 year old sister and she loves it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ages 7 to 13 will enjoy the series! Our 10-year old was completely enthralled, and read it (by herself/to herself) in one afternoon. We sometimes have a problem getting her into a book, but not with any of this series. She's on the last book now and already bemoaning the fact she "has nothing to read"! Fun, pleasant and entertaining. Buy them all!
Maumita More than 1 year ago
The book is very good and people will be engrossed
smbiern More than 1 year ago
My 9 year old daughter loves this book! It's one of the few stories which has interested her enough to read it independently. The chapters are short, and the story holds her attention.
momsisterauntloverfriend More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my neice for her 9th birthday! She loved the book and asked for more in the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was outstanding, I'm a 7th grader and i loved this book just because it seemed kind of personal which made it sound real. I think that books should be similar to this book because it catchespeoples attention with humor
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love to read books so you can imagine my anguish when I had a difficult time getting my daughter to sit down and read a book. Well...up until she picked this book up that is. I've never seen my daiughter read a book so fast. She doesn't want to put it down at bed time she begs for more time to read. I've ordered all of the books in this series. Please write more books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book I am reviewing is Judy Moody Was In A Mood, and not a good mood, a bad mood. It¿s written by Megan McDonald and illustrated by Peter Reynolds. I think this book earns five stars. This book is about a girl who is going to school and it¿s the first day. This is an interesting book because it shows how you take care of stuff. A problem that occurs in this story is when Judy¿s plant is dying because it ate too much. Another is when Stink, her brother, ruins her collage for school. I recommended this book to kids because it is a good book for them to learn about other people¿s property. Other books this author include Judy Moody Gets Famous and Judy Moody Saves The World.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My favorite character in this book is Stink because he is funny when he does something to his sister and he likes frogs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Judy is funny ,but watch out for stink!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book in the world of judy moody. Love the cool stuff they put in the book.Great book for kid all ages grown ups ages20-25 Love the series of all judy moody books.it great to have a great book series to relie on. Once you have one book you got to have the rest of the books because I do. I love judy moody because she allways has her mind on something and never givens up on
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Best Book in the World Have you ever read the most popular book in America? Well you should. I am an 8 year old girl who loves and cares about books. I love Judy Moody books. Judy Moody books are the best. You should really read one. First of all, I like Judy Moody books because they have a lot of detail and action and she is really funny and mysterious. Judy Moody is a chatter box and if she hears about a mystery she will try to solve it before any body else. Furthermore, I think other people could learn new things from Judy Moody because she is very smart and she cares what other people think but… she is sassy and very sneaky because she sneaks stuff from people. To explain, I do think Judy Moody books are good but…sometimes I don’t think Judy uses correct language and I think they should put more in Walmart and stores like that because they only really sell them in book stores and I don’t really like that because you can not read one if you can not find one .Finally, I think that they should put Judy Moody books in stores. Thank you for reading my opinion BECAUSE IT MATTERS!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was very interesting and funny because Judy Mudy's brother is really funny when he argues with Judy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best Judy Moody book I have ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Aswome wish i would buy the book already!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book eevveerr
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I luv this series,but its to easy for me.i am 10 and i read at a high school reading level(no joke)but,who cares!!haha!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is awsome! I really want the next book
Mel_D More than 1 year ago
My 1st and 2nd grader loves Judy Moody books.