Judy Moody in a Monday mood

Megan McDonald

Book - 2021

When her teacher Mr. Todd makes Monday special by celebrating Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, Judy Moody's frown is turned upside down, prompting her to come up with the perfect idea to make this the best week ever.

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Series
McDonald, Megan. Judy Moody ; 16.
Subjects
Genres
Humorous fiction
Published
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press 2021.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
132 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
ISBN
9781536213911
1536213918
Main Author
Megan McDonald (author)
Other Authors
Peter H. (Peter Hamilton) Reynolds, 1961- (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Gr. 2^-4. Judy Moody is in a bad mood the first day of school, certain third grade won't be as fun as second. Being assigned a front-row seat, beside yucky Frank "Eats-Paste" Pearl, isn't encouraging, although things improve when her teacher assigns an intriguing "Me" collage, and Judy gets a new pet, a Venus Flytrap. There's always some trial to contend with, from pesky brother Stink to being the only girl at a birthday party, but sometimes the worst events--or people--turn out better than expected. Deceptively hefty, this beginning chapter book features large type; simple, expressive prose and dialogue; and plenty of child-appealing humor. Children will enjoy lively Judy and her diverse hobbies and adventures with best-friend Rocky. They'll also like the witty, detailed drawings (especially the picture of Judy's unique collage, a nice activity idea), contributed by Peter Reynolds. An entertaining story that portrays challenges and pleasures from a kid's perspective, and shows how making the best of things can have surprising rewards. ((Reviewed July 2000)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

McDonald's (the Beezy books) comical novel introduces the entertainingly mercurial Judy Moody. The book itself has a look as fresh as its heroine (a compact trim size and an inventive jacket design die-cut that reveals the bright green and orange of the cover below). From the start, Judy devises intriguing solutions to her dilemmas. The book opens on the first day of third grade, with a hilarious spread in pen-and-ink wash showing only Judy's feet sticking up from her bed as her mother attempts to rouse her from the doorway. What to wear? Judy has no T-shirt to rival her classmates' shirts touting their exotic summer destinations, so the heroine decorates a plain white T with a drawing of a shark and the words "I Ate a Shark." For a "Me collage" at school, she insists that her cat, Mouse, is too old to qualify for the "My Favorite Pet" slot; unable to find a two-toed sloth, she purchases a Venus flytrap and proceeds to overfeed it raw hamburger. Her relationship to her best friend, Rocky, and her second-grade brother, Stink, also propel the plot in diverting directions, and the dialogue is spot-on (e.g., when aspiring doctor Judy gets her kit in the mail, Stink asks, "Why can't I ever be Elizabeth Blackwell, First Woman Doctor?" and she responds, "For one thing, you're a boy"). It's hard to imagine a mood Judy couldn't improve. Ages 6-9. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 1–3—Judy has the Monday "blahs," but her teacher Mr. Todd transforms her mood when he introduces the class to Bubble Wrap Day. The odd holiday inspires Judy to celebrate other lesser holidays, such as Feed the Birds Day and Dress Up a Vegetable Day. Judy's agreeable group of friends, along with brother Stink, join in the fun to celebrate something for every day of the week. Information about (ninja) squirrels, bubble-wrap inventors, and zucchini are effortlessly incorporated. Nods to other books, such as the "Nancy Drew" series and Drew Daywalt's The Day the Crayons Quit, will delight in-the-know readers. The breezy pacing and buoyant illustrations provide support to the beginning reader. The text features plenty of dialogue and short sentences. Supporting characters are friendly and appealing, and Judy and Stink's sibling relationship adds to the positivity of the story. Judy and her brother are white. VERDICT Another appealing entry in the series, in which Judy livens up the week with unusual holidays, such as National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, and involves her supportive friends and family in the celebrations.—Ramarie Beaver, formerly at Plano P.L., TX Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 2-4-Judy Moody is grumpy. She hates the thought of summer ending and dreads starting third grade, until her new teacher asks each student to create a "Me" collage to share with the class. Then she can't wait to tell about her new pet-a Venus flytrap that eats bugs and hamburger, the T.P. (Toad Pee) Club initiation, and how she ate a shark over the summer. Judy's second-grade brother Stink and her friend Rock are major figures in the story as is her nemesis, Frank Pearl. Judy is independent, feisty, and full of energy, a delightful new character for beginning chapter-book readers. Reynolds has captured her personality in his humorous illustrations done in watercolor, tea, and pen and ink.-Janie Schomberg, Leal Elementary School, Urbana, IL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When her teacher Mr. Todd makes Monday special by celebrating Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, Judy Moody’s frown is turned upside down, prompting her to come up with the perfect idea to make this the best week ever. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When her teacher Mr. Todd makes Monday special by celebrating Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, Judy Moody's frown is turned upside down, prompting her to come up with the perfect idea to make this the best week ever.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

For anyone who has ever had the Sunday night blues, Judy declares that every day can be a holiday if you just find something to celebrate. Happy National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, anyone?Crumbs! Why can’t every day be Saturday?Judy Moody is Monday-morning mopey. Another week in her same-old seat at her same-old desk in her same-old school. Even worse, there aren’t any days off from school for ages. But when she steps into Class 3T, Judy’s Monday frown turns upside down. Pop! Pop! Pop-pop-pop! Mr. Todd is making Monday special by celebrating Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day (no lie)! This gives Judy an idea that just-might-maybe turn her week around: why not make every day of the week a holiday? But after she and her friends come up with a week’s worth of wacky celebrations, from feeding ninja squirrels to honoring National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day, will the weekend be one big letdown?