Judy Moody (Judy Moody Series #1)

Judy Moody (Judy Moody Series #1)

by Megan McDonald, Peter H. Reynolds

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763651992
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 08/24/2010
Series: Judy Moody Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 429,309
Lexile: 530L (what's this?)
File size: 10 MB
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Megan McDonald is the creator of the popular and award-winning Judy Moody and Stink series. She is also the author of three Sisters Club stories, two books about Ant and Honey Bee, and many other books for children. Megan McDonald lives in California.
Peter H. Reynolds is a New York Times best-selling illustrator who has created many acclaimed books for children. In addition to his Creatrilogy — The Dot, Ish, and Sky Color — he is the author-illustrator of Rose’s Garden, The North Star, and So Few of Me and the illustrator of Megan McDonald’s Judy Moody and Stink series. Born in Canada, Peter H. Reynolds now lives in Dedham, Massachusetts.

“I often visit classrooms and ask who loves to draw,” says Peter H. Reynolds, illustrator of the acclaimed Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald and author-illustrator of The Dot, Ish, Sky Color, So Few Of Me, and other enchanting picture books that celebrate the creative process. “In kindergarten and first grade, all the hands go up. In second grade, most of the hands go up. In third grade, half the hands are up. By fourth and fifth grade, most of the hands are down, or perhaps pointing to ‘the class artist.’ It’s sad to see the artistic, creative energy slowing down, being packed away. I am convinced it’s because children learn early that there are ‘rules’ to follow. But when it comes to expressing yourself, you can invent your own rules. You can change them, you can stretch them, or you can ignore them all and dive headfirst into the unknown.

“Nothing irks me more than seeing a person’s creativity get shut down,” he continues. “Through my books, I want to help give kids—and grown-up kids—the vocabulary to protect their exploration, in art, writing, and thinking.” It certainly appears his approach is working: not only has The Dot garnered high critical acclaim, it also received the 2004 Christopher Medal, awarded to works that “affirm the highest values of the human spirit.”

Peter H. Reynolds recalls that when he was approached about illustrating Megan McDonald’s Judy Moody—the first in what would become an extremely popular chapter-book series for middle-graders—he jumped at the chance. For one thing, the feisty, independent Judy reminded him of his own daughter, who was eleven years old at the time. “Judy seemed very real to me, compared to fantasy versions of what little girls are like,” he says. What’s more, the story itself—in which a moody Judy struggles to create a Me collage for school—clicked with his own beliefs as an educator about the role a child’s temperament can play in the learning process.

But it was Judy’s younger “bother,” Stink, who would strike the greatest chord within Peter H. Reynolds. “I’ve fallen in love with the whole cast of characters in the world of Judy Moody, but Stink has always been a favorite of mine. He reminds me of myself growing up: dealing with a sister prone to teasing and bossing around—and having to get creative in order to stand tall beside her.” And now Stink is getting the chance to be heard in his own series also by Megan McDonald— which features the artwork of Peter H. Reynolds that Judy’s fans have grown to love, including comic strips drawn by Stink himself.

Peter H. Reynolds and his twin brother, Paul (now his business partner), were born in Canada but moved to a Massachusetts suburb when they were three years old. They made their first foray into publishing at the age of seven, when they began producing their own newspapers and comic books on their father’s photocopier. An incessant doodler since childhood, Peter H. Reynolds credits his unique brand of humor and his love for the absurd to growing up with “very eccentric British parents” who were fond of watching Monty Python. “It was not a normal house,” he recalls. From his parents he also inherited an appreciation for tea, which he uses both as a beverage and an art medium. In addition, the illustrator brings to the Judy Moody series his sensibility as a “very visual person.”

Founder of the award-winning educational media developer and publisher FableVision, where he produces award-winning children’s broadcast programming, educational videos, and multimedia applications, Peter H. Reynolds was recently honored by Verizon as Literacy Leader of the Year. The author-illustrator lives with his family in Dedham, Massachusetts.

“Sometimes I think I am Judy Moody,” says Megan McDonald, author of the wildly popular Judy Moody series, the Stink books, and the Sisters Club trilogy. “I’m certainly moody, like she is. Judy has a strong voice and always speaks up for herself. I like that.”

For Megan McDonald, being able to speak up for herself wasn’t always easy. She grew up in a house full of books, as the youngest of five sisters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her father, an ironworker, was known to his coworkers as “Little Johnny the Storyteller.” Every evening, the McDonalds gathered around the large, round dinner table to talk and tell stories, but Megan McDonald was barely able to get a word in edgewise. “I’m told I began to stutter,” she says, leading her mother to give her a copy of Harriet the Spy and a small spiral notebook, so she could begin writing things down á la the young reporter Harriet.

To date, Megan McDonald has penned more than sixty books for children and young readers, including the critically acclaimed Judy Moody series. These hilarious books have won numerous awards, ranging from a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and an International Reading Association Children’s Choice to the first-ever Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award. “Judy has taken on a life of her own,” the author notes, with millions of Judy Moody books in print worldwide. The feisty third-grader is highly popular with boys and girls, making for an enthusiastic base of fans who are among Megan McDonald’s strongest incentives to keep writing the adventures of Judy Moody and her little brother, Stink, along with a bottomless well of ideas inspired by growing up with four older sisters.

And—by popular demand—Judy Moody’s little brother, Stink, gets his chance to shine in his own adventures! Megan McDonald says, “Once, while I was visiting a class full of Judy Moody readers, the kids, many with spiked hair à la Judy’s little brother, chanted, ‘Stink! Stink! Stink! Stink! Stink!’ as I entered the room. In that moment, I knew that Stink had to have a book all his own.” Now, giant jawbreakers, smelly sneakers, stinky corpse flowers, and 101 runaway guinea pigs join Mouse, Jaws, Toady, mood rings, an ABC gum collection, and operating on a zucchini in the everyday antics of Judy Moody’s world.
Megan McDonald has recalled some of her own childhood by writing about the warmth, humor—and squabbles—of three spunky sisters in the Sisters Club trilogy, wrapping up with Cloudy With a Chance of Boys. Megan McDonald lives and writes in northern California with her husband, a frequent collaborator.

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When Judy Moody arrived in third grade, her teacher, Mr. Todd, stood by the door, welcoming everyone. "Hello there, Judy."

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Judy Moody 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 929 reviews.
interlectual More than 1 year ago
My daughter developed a love for Judy Moody for her Summer reading. She is 8 and reads at a 5th grade level. She is half way though the collection of Judy Moody books. The stories are great, funny and there's a lesson always in each. She's usually stuck in the book as much as she could. Great for Summer reading for 2nd and 3rd graders.
MrGTeach More than 1 year ago
Judy Moody is absolutely the kind of book I would have been into when I was a kid. She's a great character: funny and sarcastic, marches to the beat of her own drummer, able to learn from her mistakes and believable. I used this with a small book club in my class, and the kids loved it. There are plenty of opportunities to engage the kids in talks about Judy's actions and motivations. I really enjoyed it.
Balina More than 1 year ago
loved this book- I can only recommend this
Destinees_Mom More than 1 year ago
I have an 8yr. old who loves the read. The thing is that she will read a book straight through and not remember what it is about. I went to Barnes and Noble to case out the children section for books that we can read together. I happen to come across the Judy Moody selection. My daughter loved it. Now its a prize to go to Barnes and noble to get another Judy Moody book. I am excited to complete our selection. Baby Mouse is a great one for her to read on her own. She can not wait for next book.
Taylor Moran More than 1 year ago
I think it is the best you shoud read the whole seires!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tayah More than 1 year ago
i am 10 and i found this an easy read. depending on your reading level this may become boring. i read this on a bet. i had to read all the judy moody books in a week. since my teacher thinks i should be reading more mature books, i also think this is somewhat boring. if you like goofy and silly stories i recomend you read this. if you are more of the serious type, this book may become annoying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought it for my 6 year old sister and she loves it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ages 7 to 13 will enjoy the series! Our 10-year old was completely enthralled, and read it (by herself/to herself) in one afternoon. We sometimes have a problem getting her into a book, but not with any of this series. She's on the last book now and already bemoaning the fact she "has nothing to read"! Fun, pleasant and entertaining. Buy them all!
Maumita More than 1 year ago
The book is very good and people will be engrossed
smbiern More than 1 year ago
My 9 year old daughter loves this book! It's one of the few stories which has interested her enough to read it independently. The chapters are short, and the story holds her attention.
momsisterauntloverfriend More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my neice for her 9th birthday! She loved the book and asked for more in the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was outstanding, I'm a 7th grader and i loved this book just because it seemed kind of personal which made it sound real. I think that books should be similar to this book because it catchespeoples attention with humor
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love to read books so you can imagine my anguish when I had a difficult time getting my daughter to sit down and read a book. Well...up until she picked this book up that is. I've never seen my daiughter read a book so fast. She doesn't want to put it down at bed time she begs for more time to read. I've ordered all of the books in this series. Please write more books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book I am reviewing is Judy Moody Was In A Mood, and not a good mood, a bad mood. It¿s written by Megan McDonald and illustrated by Peter Reynolds. I think this book earns five stars. This book is about a girl who is going to school and it¿s the first day. This is an interesting book because it shows how you take care of stuff. A problem that occurs in this story is when Judy¿s plant is dying because it ate too much. Another is when Stink, her brother, ruins her collage for school. I recommended this book to kids because it is a good book for them to learn about other people¿s property. Other books this author include Judy Moody Gets Famous and Judy Moody Saves The World.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My favorite character in this book is Stink because he is funny when he does something to his sister and he likes frogs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Judy is funny ,but watch out for stink!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book in the world of judy moody. Love the cool stuff they put in the book.Great book for kid all ages grown ups ages20-25 Love the series of all judy moody books.it great to have a great book series to relie on. Once you have one book you got to have the rest of the books because I do. I love judy moody because she allways has her mind on something and never givens up on
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Best Book in the World Have you ever read the most popular book in America? Well you should. I am an 8 year old girl who loves and cares about books. I love Judy Moody books. Judy Moody books are the best. You should really read one. First of all, I like Judy Moody books because they have a lot of detail and action and she is really funny and mysterious. Judy Moody is a chatter box and if she hears about a mystery she will try to solve it before any body else. Furthermore, I think other people could learn new things from Judy Moody because she is very smart and she cares what other people think but… she is sassy and very sneaky because she sneaks stuff from people. To explain, I do think Judy Moody books are good but…sometimes I don’t think Judy uses correct language and I think they should put more in Walmart and stores like that because they only really sell them in book stores and I don’t really like that because you can not read one if you can not find one .Finally, I think that they should put Judy Moody books in stores. Thank you for reading my opinion BECAUSE IT MATTERS!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was very interesting and funny because Judy Mudy's brother is really funny when he argues with Judy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best Judy Moody book I have ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Aswome wish i would buy the book already!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book eevveerr
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I luv this series,but its to easy for me.i am 10 and i read at a high school reading level(no joke)but,who cares!!haha!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is awsome! I really want the next book
Mel_D More than 1 year ago
My 1st and 2nd grader loves Judy Moody books.