Judy Moody was in a mood. Not a good mood. A bad mood.



Wickedly funny take on life in third grade.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive role models

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

Violence & scariness
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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. 

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!

Families can talk 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?

Book details

Author:Megan McDonald
Illustrator:Peter H. Reynolds
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Candlewick Press
Publication date:April 24, 2004
Number of pages:160
Publisher's recommended age(s):7 - 10

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Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

Read the Book

I loved the Judy Moody book.It was the best book I have ever read.When and if you read the book you will fall in love with Judy Moody.
Kid, 12 years old April 20, 2012

Judy Moody

Judy Moody is a great series. I know many, many kids who have enjoyed this book. Not just this book but the whle series! This book is for younger kids. 6+. Not over at least 8 or 9 years old. But it also depends on their reading skills and levels- keep that in mind! Judy Moody finds out why her mood was this way. Short simple story.
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 August 29, 2012

judy moody was mood not good mood ba

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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