What You Need to Know:|
• Judy Moody will entertain readers with her silly adventures.
• Judy’s comfortable relationships with boys make her a good role model for girls and also make the book a good read
for boys as well as girls.
• Her little brother, Stink is hilarious and commands the attention of readers in his own enjoyable series.
• Stink and Judy’s best friend, Rocky play key roles in the story. Stink has a strong impact on Judy’s life and although
they get along well, they have some typical sibling issues.
• While Judy makes judgments about a boy in class, she later learns that people can be very different once you get to
know them better.
Sweet Series Background:|
Judy Moody is a fun character that is easy to get to know. Her stories are easy to follow and her problems are easily solved. The focus is on what Judy likes to do more than what she thinks and feels so there is a limit to the amount of information to take in and figure out. Although it may appear long, the smaller, unique size and the expressive illustrations balance out the number of pages. Readers will enjoy the ups and downs of Judy’s moods and her active imagination.
Judy Moody Starts third grade in a bad mood. She doesn’t want summer to be over and she isn’t in the “mood” for her first day of school. Her big assignment is to come up with a “me” collage. As Judy works on her collage and figures out what she likes – and doesn’t like – the reader gets to know her better. When her brother, Stink spills purple juice on her collage, the reader sees Judy at her best as she find the positive side of the situation and rather than be mad, she incorporates the stain into her poster.
Peter H. Reynolds
2002, 160 pages
Family Life, Friendship, Imagination, Community, School, Self Awareness/Discovery