Judy Moody Saves the World

Book review by
Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
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Funny early chapter book has conservationist message.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 8 reviews

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Educational Value

This environmentally conscious Judy Moody book teaches children about endangered species, recycling, composting, and resources that come from the rain forest.

Positive Messages

The book quotes Margaret Mead and reinforces her message: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Judy becomes an environmentalist. Her enthusiasm shows how educating children about conservation encourages them to be more responsible citizens, and how kids can help take care of the planet. 

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Judy Moody Saves the World is the third book in Megan McDonald's 14-volume series about a funny, curious, emotional third grader. In this installment, Judy learns about conservation from her teacher, Mr. Todd, and is anxious to figure out a way that she can help save the rain forest. Her early attempts are quite misguided and entertaining, but eventually she gets her entire class involved in a constructive project. This book is amusing for kids, especially those who enjoyed other books in the series, and it teaches youngsters that anyone can help take care of the planet.

User Reviews

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Parent of a 9-year-old Written byCubFan November 30, 2008

I laughed, great series!

I love the Judy Moody series, even if I'm almost 10. It has a lot of funny parts about saving the world. I loved this book, could read it twice, 5 stars, 7...
Kid, 9 years old September 22, 2012
Kid, 11 years old June 10, 2011

Books are better than the movie

Now this is Real Judy moody, The movie S**ks, You know, If you don't like the movie than you like the book like me, If you don't like the book than yo... Continue reading

What's the story?

In JUDY MOODY SAVES THE WORLD, Judy becomes a conservationist. Inspired by what her third grade teacher, Mr. Todd, teaches the class about endangered species and resources, Judy first tries to relieve her family of anything that might be related to the rain forest. She hides her dad's coffee and wants their household to reuse all of their garbage. Then she releases her brother's pet toad into the wild, and -- horrified to learn that the wood comes from the rain forest -- she hides all of her classmates' pencils. Eventually, with her teacher's help, she comes up with an activity that her whole class can join: to collect recyclables and exchange them for money to plant 100 trees in the rain forest. 

Is it any good?

This volume in the Judy Moody series is particularly successful as it presents important environmental issues in an age-appropriate way for early chapter book readers and middle graders. Judy's misguided initial attempts at conservation, along with Peter H. Reynolds' illustrations, keep young readers laughing, but meanwhile they also learn how kids as well as grown-ups can help protect endangered species and save natural resources. Judy Moody Saves the World is a funny story that may inspire children to be better caretakers of the natural world.


Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what Judy Moody Saves the World teaches about the environment. What things does Judy try to protect? 

  • What can kids do to help conserve resources? 

  • Have you ever done a project with your class to help make the world a better place? If so, what was your project?

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