Megan McDonald's spunky third-grader is back, and her sights are set on protecting the environment in this totally "rare," "double cool" book. When Judy Moody learns of Band-Aid's Crazy Strip Contest, she decides that an environmental design is perfect, since her class is learning about protecting the world. After she enters her Heal the World drawing, Judy focuses on other ecological endeavors, including getting her family to recycle, studying endangered animals for class (her project is to give a report about the northeast beach tiger beetle -- yuck!), and living in a tree like Julia Butterfly Hill. But when she steals her classmates' pencils out of fear they're made from rainforest trees, Judy becomes the inspiration for a bottle-recycling drive that winds up raising enough money to plant several trees in Costa Rica. A fun-loving book with a determined and witty heroine, Judy Moody Saves the World! delivers a terrific message without getting preachy. Thanks for helping make our world a little healthier, Judy!
Inspired by environmental studies in school and a humiliating defeat in a Band-design contest, Judy Moody, in her third adventure, revamps her family's recycling efforts. Ages 6-10. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
McDonald's irrepressible third-grader (Judy Moody Gets Famous, 2001, etc.) takes a few false steps before hitting full stride. This time, not only has her genius little brother Stink submitted a competing entry in the Crazy Strips Band-Aid design contest, but in the wake of her science teacher's heads-up about rainforest destruction and endangered animals, she sees every member of her family using rainforest products. It's all more than enough to put her in a Mood, which gets her in trouble at home for letting Stink's pet toad, Toady, go free, and at school for surreptitiously collecting all the pencils (made from rainforest cedar) in class. And to top it off, Stink's Crazy Strips entry wins a prize, while she gets . . . a certificate. Chronicled amusingly in Reynolds's frequent ink-and-tea drawings, Judy goes from pillar to post-but she justifies the pencil caper convincingly enough to spark a bottle drive that nets her and her classmates not only a hundred seedling trees for Costa Rica, but the coveted school Giraffe Award (given to those who stick their necks out), along with T-shirts and ice cream coupons. Judy's growing corps of fans will crow "Rare!" right along with her. (Fiction. 8-10)
This charming read features characteristically snappy, humorous prose; expressive, witty, black-and-white illustrations; and some great ideas for classroom or home projects.
The engaging tale is a triumph for Judy and her creator.
The funny book affirms that kids everywhere can make a difference.
—Yellow Brick Road
JUDY MOODY SAVES THE WORLD! is cleverly written, and its heroine is an appealing and very real third grader.
—The Five Owls (starred review)
Judy's growing corps of fans will crow 'Rare!' right along with her.
With her deliciously quirky humor and her vivid characters, Megan McDonald gives her audience a wonderful reading experience. "ROAR!" for Judy Moody!
—Looking Glass Review