Judy Moody

by Scholastic

Paperback, 2004



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Scholastic Inc. (2004), 160 pages


Third grader Judy Moody is in a first day of school bad mood until she gets an assignment to create a collage all about herself and begins creating her masterpiece, the Me collage.

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LibraryThing member Ronneisha
Judy isn't in such a great mood because she doesn't want to go to school. Judy enjoyed her summer and doesn't want it to end. She realizes third grade isn't so bad when she gets a assignment where she has to construct a "Me collage." When Judy is finished her assignment her little brother spills
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juice all over it. Judy's project wasn't messed up after all because the juice stain forme into the shape of Virginia where she lives.
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LibraryThing member akg118
I LOVE the Judy Moody series! Great book for young girls- relatable and funny! She is a third grader and her mood quickly goes bad due to various things. She wants to be a doctor and has a little brother to annoy her. In addition, she has a funny attitude and outlook on life. The illustrations are
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also funny! I would recommend reading this, but be prepared to want to read the rest of the series!
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LibraryThing member Cottonwood.School
Third grader Judy Moody is in a first day of school bad mood until she gets an assignment to create a collage all about herself and begins creating her masterpiece, the Me collage.
LibraryThing member mickmyster13
This book should be very easy for kids to relate too. Judy does not want to give up summer and go back to school. But when she has to create a poster all about her she gets very into it. This book shows Judy's development through third grade, how she went from a bad mood to a good mood.
LibraryThing member Esus15
this book is defintly for kids and i think that all of them should read it before school starts. like them judy does not want to go back to school and give up her summer time. she doesnt want to have to comb her hair every day or do homework. the cover is kind of a grabber and got my attention as i
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was glancing by. since i had never read any judy moody books before i decided to check them out, i have to say it was a good choice.
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LibraryThing member katitefft
Judy Moody is the first of a wonderful realistic fiction series focused on a spunky girl named Judy. Judy is confident and has no problem sharing her feelings with the people around her. Her moods often dictate her choices and behaviors. Judy learns, though, that sometimes it is better to focus on
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the positive. Things are often not as bad as they seem. Like many third graders, Judy is just learning to see things from other people's perspectives, which often shapes and transforms her character development. Students will be able to relate to Judy's experiences at school, with friends, and at home.
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LibraryThing member joel07
Judy Moody, Clementine, Junie B. Jones are all great characters for 2nd 3rd grader, especially little girls. How can they not like Judy Moody...they are going through many of the same experiences. I love the writing style, the emotions and the pride of the me collage.
LibraryThing member sweetiegherkin
At first I thought this was going to be one of those books with a girl protagonist who is supposedly “spunky” or something like that but just comes across as bratty. I was pleasantly surprised then with Judy Moody. Likewise, Judy’s expectations when starting third grade are low (to say the
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least), but she ends up being pleasantly surprised with challenging and interesting work (a “Me collage” is her first major assignment) and new friends. The story is realistic with many vignettes that will resonate with many children, and the book’s illustrations are fun to boot.
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LibraryThing member katykids
This was a very cute story. Judy Moody reminded me of Ramona Quimby in a way. Both are independent young ladies that seem to have a bit of attitude.
LibraryThing member Suso711
I am pretty sure that Judy Moody was modeled after my daughter - a collection of scabs? Wants to be a doctor? Sleeps on the bottom bunk with blankets draped over? Wants a Venus Flytrap for a pet?
LibraryThing member chelsiking
Judy Moody is moody. She experiences various obstacles & challenges & comes out alive, despite what she thinks. This is a very fun book to read with a surprisingly enjoyable sense of humor for this genre of book. The things Judy Moody goes through & how she reacts to them, are very relate-able to
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anyone who was a difficult child that put up fights for almost anything.
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LibraryThing member stevekep32
Funny book about a typical problem for 2nd and 3rd graders--- bad mood about school. The book is laced with funny descriptions about Judy and others in the class. Finally, doing a collage about herself puts her in a good mood. Good read aloud to first and second graders. Also an interesting
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discussion point about good moods and bad moods and how we can overcome them.
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LibraryThing member evandn
judy moody is a silly and funny girl who has many adventures i recommend this book to judy moody fans
LibraryThing member nzfj
Library Thing Part D Family/Growing Up
McDonald, Megan, and Peter Reynolds. Judy Moody. Somerville, MA: Candlewick, 2010. Print.

Judy Moody was published ten years ago and is still very popular among young readers. Borders bookstore almost has a whole shelf entirely with the Judy Moody series. I
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chose this title at the recommendation of an elementary teacher and long time friend. I wasn’t expecting too much, especially when the story begins with breakfast …first day of school. And then Judy thinks, “One of the worst things about the first day of school was that everybody came back from summer wearing new T-shirts that said DISNEY WORLD or SEA WORLD or JAMESTOWN: Home of Pocahontas. Judy searched her top drawer and her bottom drawer and even her underwear drawer. She could not find one shirt with words”(5). A very clever observation for a 3rd grader and one that I remembered so well when it was my first day to school and eventually my children’s first days to school…new T-shirts with words. After that one scene with the creation of her own T-shirt, I gladly followed Judy through each escapade. Judy interacts with her younger brother, Stink in a very believable manner. She is irritated one minute by his comments but enjoys the opportunities of tricking him and scaring him with her best bud Rocky. Stink is just as clever as Judy and Rocky and is given his due recognition, when he sells moon dust in bags for .50 and makes twelve quarters. Judy accidentally discovers her least likable classmate is actually her kind of friend and by the end of the plot he is welcomed into the T.P. club by Rocky, Judy, and Stink. I believe the characters are credible and convincing to today’s child and addresses elementary friendships and interests. Worries about school projects, birthday parties, and feeling left out when your sibling gets to go with mom and dad on a cool trip and you can’t go. The scene that would transcend the contemporary setting and have universal implications would be in the chapter called “The Me Collage”, Judy’s fears come true but she quickly turns the splotch on her project into the state of Virginia. Disappointment and embarrassment and bad moods can quickly change with new ideas and creativity.
I immensely enjoyed this book and strongly suggest it would be an asset to any elementary library. The illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds add to the text and to the humor, when you notice all the details in the foreground and the expressions the figures sport. His black and white gauche and ink drawings are simple but inviting and urge the reader to copy and draw the characters too. His comic style circular frames on a few of the pages are definitely drawing the reader into participating with the thoughts and actions of the character.
The suggested audience is 6-9 but I believe it’s so apropos to our middle school students, somewhat like Jeff Kinney’s series, that reluctant readers would enjoy the Judy Moody and Stink series as well. Humorous reads are like sparks that start up the fire and confidence to continue reading for more pleasurable times. A curriculum connection is language arts.
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LibraryThing member Leah08
This is a good example of a realistic fiction book because everything that happens in this story could happen in real life. The characteristics are believable and so much so that they probably remind the reader of someone that they know. The storyline is reasonable and not too coencidental. The
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point of view in this story is third person limited because we only know what Judy is thinking, but that works well for this story because we dont need to know the thoughts and feelings of anyone else for the story to make sense.

Level: Adolescent
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LibraryThing member alebarbu
Third-grader Judy Moody starts off the new school year in a bad mood because she does not want the summer to end. However, when she learns that she will have to do a “Me collage” for school, she starts to think that third grade might not be that bad after all. The year gets even better when her
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parents buy her a new “pet”: a Venus flytrap that eats all sorts of bugs and even raw hamburger. Then, Judy is really thrilled when she receives a special doll she can play doctor with (Judy wants to become a doctor). However, her mood turns sour when her little brother Stink gets to visit the White House on a field trip, but things turn around when he comes back, and Judy plays a trick on him. When the day of presenting the “Me collage” finally arrives, disaster strikes: Stink spills juice over it. The initial shock passed, Judy is able to turn the situation around so that what started out as a bad thing became a good thing: the juice stain becomes the state of Virginia, where Judy lives.

Judy Moody is a feisty little girl with a wild imagination, a funny personality and a big heart. Children (especially girls) will identify themselves with the different events that happen in her life, and will recognize the familiar settings of home, school, and a friend’s house. The language used is simple, and Judy and her friends speak like kids of their age would. The ink and watercolor black and white illustrations nicely add to the story. There is really no plot in this book, but instead a series of everyday events that could happen to any third-grader. This is an entertaining read that also contains the message that making the best of things in life is the surest way of not staying in a bad mood. Ages 6-10.
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LibraryThing member kljoh
Judy Moody was in a Mood starts with the first day of school. Judy Moody is in a terrible mood and she knows nothing is going to go right. Third grade does not turn out to be as bad as she expected, however, and she finds herself struggling not to be impressed. Throughout the book, Judy’s moods
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shift constantly from frustrated to thrilled and everything in between. Regardless of her mood, Judy is always funny, creative and not nearly as grouchy as she first seems. Megan McDonald has created a wonderfully imaginative character. Even though each chapter is a separate event, Judy’s developing friendship with a boy from class and her progress on her Me Collage provide just the right amount of continuity. Peter Reynolds’ illustrations are cute in funny. He does a wonderful job capturing the emotions and expressions of the characters. Judy Moody is a great series for children in first through third grade. It is highly recommended for elementary school libraries and the children’s section of public libraries.
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LibraryThing member jdieder104
I wasn't all that impressed with the book. The moral of the book was Judy turned a bad thing into a good thing when her brother ruined her Me Collage. Judy turned a bad mood into a good mood by highlighting the purple stain to form the state of Virginia. Book about friendships and annoying
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brothers. I am sure kids would relate to the book and it would be an enjoyable read for them.
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LibraryThing member psong
I like this book because so funny and nice and really exiting.
LibraryThing member laurakurtz
These books are just as they should be. They are aimed at young readers, and they are not appealing to adults at all- and they don't need to be (can't all be harry potter!) Judy Moody is a typical pre-teen, moody and dramatic, and she grows and learns lessons in this first book, making a new friend
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in a kid she thought gross before, dealing with her family going to DC without her, and usual school blues. The illustrations are fun and simple, done in ink only and quite cartoon like.
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LibraryThing member ErinALogan
My niece absolutely adores Judy Moody! She was quite excited when the Judy Moody movie came out because she's read all or nearly all of these books. My niece is nine years old and loves reading. These books kept her interested and had storylines appealing to elementary students.
LibraryThing member jrlandry1410
While Judy Moody can be relatable to children I suppose, it wasn't neccesarily my cup of tea. I found it rather dull, but a fifth grader might not. Judy does have something to teach kids, like how to turn a problem into a solution. When her little brother spills juice all over her project instead
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of busting a fuse she made the stain look like it was supposed to be there. She fixed her project and her brother didn't have to feel too guilty. A good novel-for-fun for slightly older kids.
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LibraryThing member ktinney2315937
Judy Moody was in a very bad first day of school mood. She didn't to start the new year because nothing would be the same; she wouldn't have the same teacher, be sitting by the same people, or have an armadillo with her name on it on her desk. She stayed in this mood until she got an assignment to
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make a me collage. She put all sorts of things on it and was happy, until her brother spilled his juice on it. Luckily Judy knew exactly what she could do to fix it and she did. This is a great book to read to teach children no matter what the reason is that you are in a bad mood, you can always overcome it.
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LibraryThing member jenvid
This is a very comical book about a girl who is always in a bad mood. I was laughing at most of her thoughts, and actions. I also liked how patient the teacher was with her. He never snapped or scolded at her for her attitude. I would use this book to read as a class with a 2nd or 3rd grade class.
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I would definitely use the fish bowl discussions, and ask my students if they have ever the way she does. I know I was always moody during the first week of school!
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LibraryThing member MrsBond
Great chapter book for the early reader


Utah Beehive Book Award (Nominee — Children's Fiction — 2003)
Kentucky Bluegrass Award (Nominee — Grades 3-5 — 2002)


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Physical description

7.5 x 0.6 inches


0439573017 / 9780439573016
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