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Judy Moody: Totally Rare!!
The first day of third grade puts Judy Moody in a mad-face mood. She just knows everyone will come back from summer vacation with word T-shirts, like "Disney World" or "Jamestown: Home of Pocahontas." All Judy has is a plain old no-words T-shirt. She'll have to go to a new classroom, with a new desk, and she won't have an armadillo sticker with her name on it like she did last year. And knowing her luck, she'll end up sitting next to Frank, the boy who eats paste. For breakfast her dad makes eggs with the yellow middle broken, and her younger "bother," Stink, thinks he knows everything now that he's starting second grade. But bad moods never last long with the irrepressible Judy Moody, and before long, her day--and year--look brighter. Mr. Todd assigns the class a "Me" collage, which sets Judy on a lively and hilarious self-exploration over the next few action-packed weeks.
Judy Moody: My Review
I picked this book up during one of my random strolls through the library shelves, drawn to the simple brown paper wrapper and delightful line drawings. As a bit of a moody person myself, I was intrigued by the entire title of the first book - Judy Moody was in a mood. Not a good mood. A bad mood.
The story of this first book covers the first month of Judy's third-grade year, one she isn't looking forward to thanks to an unadventurous summer. But thanks to a project - the Me Collage - assigned by her new teacher, the month delivers a series of new experiences as Judy gets a new pet and makes a new friend.
This would be a great read-aloud book for bedtime as each chapter covers a different topic for the Me Collage, making them perfect mini-stories that mostly resolve by the end. But it is also just right for the beginning chapter-book reader who likely happens to be the same age as Judy or her brother Stink. Further books in the Judy Moody series follow Judy through third grade - on field trips, to a college tutor, anywhere Judy can employ her rather unique perspective on the world.
(A note on images. The pictures included on this page are mostly taken from the first Judy Moody book and are used under the fair use section of copyright law.)
The Judy Moody Uber-Awesome Collection
Get the first nine Judy Moody adventures in one set.
- Judy Moody
- Judy Moody Gets Famous!
- Judy Moody Saves the World!
- Judy Moody Predicts the Future
- Judy Moody, M.D.: The Doctor Is In!
- Judy Moody Declares Independence
- Judy Moody Around the World in 8 1/2 Days
- Judy Moody Goes to College
- Judy Moody Girl Detective
Judy Moody: What Mood Are You In?
The Official Mood Ring Guide - find out what mood you're in!
Judy Moody: What Mood Are You In?
Get Your Own Mood Ring
This is the style I remember from my childhood, but you can get solid bands, butterflies, hearts - I even found a mustache one!
Judy tries to dance the Tarentella by herself.
Judy Moody: Around the World in 8 1/2 Days
When Judy Moody meets Amy Namey, she bridles at the girl's similarities to her own proudly unique persona. They soon become great friends, however, but in her enthusiasm for Amy, Judy slights her old pals Rocky and Frank. In one amusing scene, Judy's little brother acts as a conversational go-between, relaying comments between his sister and Rocky, who's not (technically) speaking to Judy.
Hmmm ... Who's Plant Pet is Coolest? - Judy's Venus Flytrap takes on Frank's Pitcher Plant
Pitcher plants have a cavity filled with liquids. Insects are attracted to the cavity by sights and smells, fall in, drown and are gradually dissolved. (Ewww!)
Venus fly traps lies in wait for insects to land on its trapping structure with the trap activated when the insect bumps one of the hair-like triggers.
Who's carnivorous plant is cooler?
Judy's Venus Flytrap
Judy Moody: Video Reviews
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Judy Moody & Stink: The Holly Joliday
Judy Moody is making a list and checking it twice, but all her brother, Stink, wants this year is snow. It hasn’t snowed on Christmas in Virginia in more than a hundred years, however, so what are the chances that that will change? Enter the new mailman, Mr. Jack Frost, who not only looks like a jolly old elf but also seems to know a lot about weather patterns, has a fondness for the cold, and works looooooong hours during the holiday season. Plus it’s the best time of the year, when strange packages and lots of surprises are swirling around, so isn’t it possible that Stink might get his wish?
Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt
The Me Collage
Judy has some trouble with a few of the categories Mr. Todd gave the class for completing their Me Collages. If you did a Me Collage, what would be the hardest one for you to figure out how to include?
The toughest category for me would be ...
Judy Moody's Double Rare Way-Not-Boring Book of Fun Stuff to Do
Dive right in and join the T.P. (Take out your Pencil) Club for hours of Judy Moody fun! Get the low-down on Screamin' Mimi's ice cream, knock yourself out learning knock-knock jokes, try out your Judy Moody trivia with quizzes and crosswords, plan a Judy Moody-themed birthday party, make your own Me collage, cootie catcher, custom-designed T-shirt, and much, MUCH more! Whether the reader has just met Judy Moody or is already her biggest fan, this hands-on, fun-filled activity book — complete with twenty-four stickers inside — absolutely and positively rates a "rare squared."
Judy Moody's Way Wacky Uber Awesome Book of More Fun Stuff to Do
Crazy about Judy Moody? Or just looking for something to do? Stop dawdling—and start doodling and noodling with this RARE activity book.
Have you ever played Mood Libs? How many fun facts do you know about chewing gum? Is your personality more like Judy’s or her brother Stink’s? From pranks to yoga poses, making paper snowflakes to matching up pet tracks, this book is bursting with quizzes, challenges, crafts, and other cool stuff. Get in the mood to:
* design your own T-shirt
* walk through a piece of paper
* invent your own board game
* find out what Judy Moody’s name is in other languages
* and lots more wack-tivities!
Have You Ever ... ?
Judy isn't that thrilled with Amy Namey when they first meet. She resents that her friends like Amy and doesn't like all the attention she's getting. But eventually, Judy becomes great friends with Amy, although that causes some problems with Rocky and Frank.
How do you react when you meet someone new? Do you like people right away or do they have to grow on you?
Have You Ever ... ?
The Judy Moody Mood Journal
What is your mood today? Rare or roar? Goofy or snore? What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you? The worst? The most embarrassing? Does your brother or sister bug you? Can your pet do any funny tricks? Inspired by the mercurial Judy Moody, this amusing journal invites kids to explore their many moods and other facets of their life in a way that will get them thinking - and laughing. Its engaging design includes illustrations from the Judy Moody books, plenty of blank pages, and some classic Judy Moody-ish activities, such as "Make a Me
Collage"and "Write your own knock-knock joke."
Judy Moody's Best Mood Ever Coloring and Activity Book
Have a Judy Moody Day!!
Celebrate your own Judy Moody Day!!
Judy Moody Day is your chance to celebrate all things Judy and Stink (and
Mouse, Toady, and Jaws). The Judy Moody Day event kit includes ideas for contests, activities and crafts based on the Judy Moody books. Have your own day at home or get your neighborhood involved.
Judy Moody: She's in a movie!!!
It seems Judy has decided she is going to have the best summer ever. And we know just the kind of stuff Judy will decide has to be included for that to come true. I read somewhere that a hunt for Bigfoot is part of the story. This could get fun.
Totally new Judy Moody story - not taken from one of the nine books - and there seems to be a new set of books coming along with it. The entire gang is involved - Judy, Stink, Zeke, Frank, Amy Namey, Mr. Todd, Mom, Dad.
Australian actress Jordana Beatty plays Judy in the movie. She's cute!
Judy Moody Goes to Hollywood
Where she is hopefully in a good mood and behaves herself.
Judy Moody and The Thrill Points Race
That's Stink, Judy and Frank on the cover. And I don't know who dressed Judy, but I love it!
Judy Moody Movie Trailer
Judy Moody and the Poop Picnic
Yeah. The title of this one scares me, too.
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
More About Megan McDonald
Pretending to be a pencil sharpener was Megan McDonald's first experience as a writer. She was 10 years old when she wrote the story for her school newspaper. "Anything can become an idea for a story," says McDonald. "Even a pencil sharpener!" Megan has since written and published twenty-five books for children, including the hilarious Judy Moody adventures, which are largely inspired by her childhood memories of growing up with four older sisters.
Official Website with more information on Megan and her books.
More by Megan McDonald - Judy's brother Stink Moody gets his own books in this series by McDonald, also illustrated by Peter Reynolds.
First of at least four books featuring Stink.
About Peter Reynolds - He drew the pretty pictures
Peter H. Reynolds is the author-illustrator of a number of other books, including The Dot and Ish, two enchanting picture books that celebrate the creative process. “I often visit classrooms and ask who loves to draw. In kindergarten and first grade, all the hands go up. In second grade, most of the hands go up. In third grade, half the hands are up. By fourth and fifth grade, most of the hands are down, or perhaps pointing to ‘the class artist.’ It’s sad to see the artistic, creative energy slowing down, being packed away. I am convinced it’s because children learn early that there are ‘rules’ to follow. But when it comes to expressing yourself, you can invent your own rules. You can change them, you can stretch them, or you can ignore them all and dive headfirst into the unknown."
Official Website with more information on Peter Reynolds, his art and books.