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Judy Moody Mood Martian



Third grader changes attitude in cute tale of self-control.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids learn about Judy's hobby of finger knitting.


Positive messages

Trying to be perfect is difficult. With a little hard work, you can change things about yourself, but deep down you'll be the same person.

Positive role models

Judy Moody wants be less moody. Her trials and tribulations on her way to changing her behavior pay off, as she uses self-control. 

Violence & scariness
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Judy Moody Mood Martian is an imaginative tale of a quirky girl who wants to change her mood. Kids will learn through her zany adventures how to explore who they are and who they want to be. No objectionable content.


What's the story?

In JUDY MOODY MOOD MARTIAN, Judy's third grade teacher, Mr. Todd, holds a Backward Day for the class, which inspires Judy to secretly pledge to be in a good mood for seven days. Her friends, expecting the usual moody Judy, think she's been taken over by an alien. The challenge for Judy is to stay calm and peaceful without sinking into her usual moodiness. Miles of finger knitting help calm her down, but then she has to figure out what to do with the enormous pile of knitting. In typical Judy Moody fashion, she uses it for an awesome math project for the entire class.

Is it any good?


In the twelfth book in the series by Megan McDonald, Judy Moody is as interesting and quirky as ever. The fast and fresh story combines insight into growing up and the self-awareness that comes with it. Peter H. Reynold's zippy illustrations will make young readers chuckle. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what to do when you want to change something about yourself. Do you have any traits you might like to change?

  • Judy uses finger knitting to calm herself down. What can you do to calm yourself down?

Book details

Author:Megan McDonald
Illustrator:Peter H. Reynolds
Topics:Brothers and sisters, Friendship
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Candlewick Press
Publication date:August 5, 2014
Number of pages:208
Publisher's recommended age(s):6 - 9
Available on:Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle

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