On a class trip around the world, the intrepid Judy Moody learns secrets of international oral hygiene, Italian "spider dance" choreography, and the perils of first impressions. A wise and whimsical story perfectly matched by Peter Reynolds's lighthearted drawings.
It's the fifth adventure for that one-of-a-kind third-grader: Judy Moody: Around the World in 8 1/2 Days by Megan McDonald, illus. by Peter H. Reynolds. As her class tours the globe and its diverse cultural traditions, Judy acquires a friend, Amy Namey (whose name also rhymes). But will Judy have to give up her uniqueness in the name of friendship? Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Enter Amy, new girl in school, and suddenly Judy no longer feels unique as her friends, Rocky and Frank, comment on the similarities between the two girls. Although she is a bit resentful and hesitant at first, Judy Moody begins her friendship with Amy Namey because of their common interest in ABC (after been chewed) gum and their rhyming names. Amy invites Judy to join the My-Name-Is-a-Poem Club where members with rhyming names write to each other. As Judy and Amy's friendship grows, the "old" friendships become neglected. On Saturday, Judy opts not to join her friends at the Furs & Fangs pet store racing event in the morning. Instead she goes to Amy's house where the girls write postcards to members of the My-Name-Is-a-Poem Club and make chewing gum. Time passes by quickly and unfortunately, Judy forgets her scheduled afternoon meeting with Rocky, Frank, and Jessica to work on their class project about Italy, a part of the geography course, "Around the World in 8 Days." A rift between Judy and her friends about the Italy project develops, seriously affecting their presentation. The teacher, Mr. Todd, gives the group the opportunity to work out their conflict, and the presentation is extended a "½" day. Judy deals with making new friends and keeping the old friends in this fun and light story, which is a part of the "Judy Moody" series. 2006, Candlewick Press, Ages 7 to 9.
Carrie Hane Hung
Gr 3-4-Judy Moody's individuality is threatened when she meets fellow third-grader Amy Namey. Not only do they have first and last names that rhyme, but they also idolize pioneering women and have quirky collections. Just when the two strong personalities seem destined to collide, they hit it off. Much to the chagrin of Amy's best friends, Rocky and Frank, the girls join the "My-Name-Is-a-Poem Club" and become inseparable. When the entire third grade starts an assignment that will take them "Around the World in Eight Days," Judy's fascination with her new friend sparks a project-threatening feud with which many readers will identify. This book gives a humorous and familiar peek at the world through the eyes of a precocious third grader. It is filled with original, yet true-to-life characters who will make readers wish for a friend like Amy. The silly rhymes and wordplay are the perfect humor for young readers. Pen-and-ink cartoons add to the fun. An entertaining journey that will have easy-chapter-book readers lining up for the trip.-Heather Dieffenbach, Lexington Public Library, KY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Reader-friendly format, on-target humor, and convincing depictions of third-graders in action at school and at home.
This book gives a humorous and familiar peek at the world through the eyes of a precocious third grader. It is filled with original, yet true-to-life characters who will make readers wish for a friend like Amy. The silly rhymes and wordplay are the perfect humor for young readers. Pen-and-ink cartoons add to the fun. An entertaining journey that will have easy-chapter-book readers lining up for the trip.
—School Library Journal
Will surely bring about big smiles.
—Newton's Book News