Judy Moody Was in a Mood

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Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Wickedly funny take on life in third grade.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

A fun, frothy and funny foray into feelings and makes you feel them. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Judy's not always well-behaved, but she means well. Her creative, never-quit attitude is a good example for children.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Judy can open up a whole world of childhood feelings, from moods to friendships, for thinking and discussion. 

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  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5, 8, and 9-year-old Written byhadleygirls March 14, 2010

Got my 2nd grader really excited about reading

Great for independent chapter book readers. You can move on to the "Stink" series by the same author when you finish all of these!
Adult Written bysherrihf April 9, 2008
Teen, 13 years old Written byMypassionissinging March 25, 2020

A good light hearted read

Well it's a really good book for someone who dosen't like much adventure,suspense etc in a book which unfortunately does not count me. But this does n... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old March 14, 2019

Not the best

This is one of my favourite series but not my favourite book. Judy is really mean to her brother which is why I think it does not have the best role models, but... Continue reading

What's the story?

Judy Moody is starting third grade, and worried she'll have to sit next to Frank \"Eats Paste\" Pearl, in a new classroom that won't have a porcupine named Roger. And she doesn't even have a T-shirt with words, like all the other kids, because her family didn't go anywhere on vacation. Roar!

But Judy is not one to take things lying down. She whips up her own T-shirt (I Ate a Shark!) and trudges off to school with her best friend, Rocky, only to find that her new teacher, Mr. Todd (or as Judy calls him, Mr. Toad) has an assignment that's right up her alley -- to create a Me-collage.

Is it any good?

She's Ramona, with attitude; she's impulsive, moody (of course), often crabby, and completely charming. She calls her little brother "Stink," keeps her family fizzing, and always has an idea. Megan McDonald's aptly named, feisty, creative little heroine has middle-graders chortling even as they recognize themselves and their friends. Packed with lots of witty cartoon illustrations by Peter Reynolds, McDonald's wickedly funny take on life in third grade is right on the money. Rare!

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about moods. 

  • What helps you get in a good mood? 

  • What puts you in the kind of bad mood that makes you want to roar?

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