The first day of third grade puts Judy Moody in a mad-face mood. She just knows everyone will come back from summer vacation with word T-shirts, like "Disney World" or "Jamestown: Home of Pocahontas." All Judy has is a plain old no-words T-shirt. She''ll have to go to a new classroom, with a new desk, and she won''t have an armadillo sticker with her name on it like she did last year. And knowing her luck, she''ll end up sitting next to Frank, the boy who eats paste. For breakfast her dad makes eggs with the yellow middle broken, and her younger "bother," Stink, thinks he knows everything now that he''s starting second grade. But bad moods never last long with the irrepressible Judy Moody, and before long, her day--and year--look brighter. Mr. Todd assigns the class a "Me" collage, which sets Judy on a lively and hilarious self-exploration over the next few action-packed weeks.
Prolific author Megan McDonald (Beezy and Insects Are My Life) introduces readers to a thoroughly charming, independent, willful heroine, who is far more upbeat than she likes to let on to her reading audience. Remarkably understanding adults populate Judy''s world, allowing her to express her witty, resourceful self freely. Peter Reynolds''s personable line drawings complement McDonald''s text in a light, pleasing style. (Ages 6 to 10) --Emilie Coulter
The mercurial Judy Moody will delight any kid who''s known a bad mood or a bad day—and managed to laugh anyway.
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"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.
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