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Judy Moody Was in a Mood, Not a Good Mood, A Bad Mood (Book No. 1) Paperback – July 22, 2002

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Book 1 of 12 in the Judy Moody Series

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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.

Prolific author Megan McDonald (Beezy and Insects Are My Life) introduces readers to a thoroughly charming, independent, willful heroine, who is far more upbeat than she likes to let on to her reading audience. Remarkably understanding adults populate Judy's world, allowing her to express her witty, resourceful self freely. Peter Reynolds's personable line drawings complement McDonald's text in a light, pleasing style. (Ages 6 to 10) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

McDonald's (the Beezy books) comical novel introduces the entertainingly mercurial Judy Moody. The book itself has a look as fresh as its heroine (a compact trim size and an inventive jacket design die-cut that reveals the bright green and orange of the cover below). From the start, Judy devises intriguing solutions to her dilemmas. The book opens on the first day of third grade, with a hilarious spread in pen-and-ink wash showing only Judy's feet sticking up from her bed as her mother attempts to rouse her from the doorway. What to wear? Judy has no T-shirt to rival her classmates' shirts touting their exotic summer destinations, so the heroine decorates a plain white T with a drawing of a shark and the words "I Ate a Shark." For a "Me collage" at school, she insists that her cat, Mouse, is too old to qualify for the "My Favorite Pet" slot; unable to find a two-toed sloth, she purchases a Venus flytrap and proceeds to overfeed it raw hamburger. Her relationship to her best friend, Rocky, and her second-grade brother, Stink, also propel the plot in diverting directions, and the dialogue is spot-on (e.g., when aspiring doctor Judy gets her kit in the mail, Stink asks, "Why can't I ever be Elizabeth Blackwell, First Woman Doctor?" and she responds, "For one thing, you're a boy"). It's hard to imagine a mood Judy couldn't improve. Ages 6-9. (Apr.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 530L (What's this?)
  • Series: Judy Moody
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (July 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763612316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763612313
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)

More About the Author


10. The first book I ever wrote was about a hermit crab, inspired by a pet I once owned.

9. My favorite color is purple.

8. I love to read mysteries. When I was Judy's age, I read all 56 classic Nancy Drew books . . . in order! Jeepers!

7. I used to collect scabs so I could examine them under the microscope that I got for my 8th birthday.

6. My four sisters and I often made up our own language, which included the words "Hoidi Boidi", "oogey", "retzel crummypuss" and "poony-poony".

5. My favorite TV show is JEOPARDY!

4. To research my Sisters Club book, THE RULE OF THREE, I toured San Francisco in search of the ultimate cupcake. The winner: Sleepless in San Francisco. Think chocolate + coffee.

3. When I was a kid, I fell down a hill from chasing the ice-cream truck and had to get stitches.

2. When I was a librarian, I used to tell stories in sign language. That's how I got the expression "same-same" for Judy.

1. I share a birthday (February 28) with a famous princess, race car driver and gangster, a Rolling Stone, a French tightrope walker, and a winning racehorse named Smarty Jones.

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Judy Moody is a wonderful book - thought provoking, adventurous... and funny! Not only will readers have fun learning about Judy and her moods, but they'll also learn how Judy deals with her moods. Luckily Judy is quite a creative thinker, which helps her turn some of the "worst things ever" into some of the best things ever. The illustrations are absolutely fabulous - very whimsical and playful... a perfect fit for the story!
As a guidance counselor, I can already see many ways to use Judy Moody with kids in my work - from discussing "moods", problem solving, and friendships, to self-awareness through the "All-About-Me" project. This book will appeal to both boys and girls alike - a must for every library, classroom, and family bookshelf!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
After your young child has devoured his or her fill of "Junie B. Jones" books and has gobbled up the entire "Amber Brown" series without so much as breathing, it can be hard to know where to go next. The answer is a series that I like to consider child-driven. You'll never hear adult praising the magnificence of "Judy Moody" books. Parents don't think to recommend her and educators have entirely missed out on her appearance in their students' hands. Kids, however, request her by name. They ask frantically where the "Judy Moody" books can be found and heaven help you if you're a children's librarian caught not knowing who she is. I, for the longest time, sort of lumped her together with the "Molly Moon" books (which I had also not read). A quick perusal of both was enough to cure me of THAT little quirk. Now when a kid asks me for "Judy Moody" stories, I know they're just looking for books about an average little girl who has some normal adventures and some extraordinary spunk.

Judy wakes up the first day of school in a mood. "Not a good mood. A bad mood. A mad-face mood". Fortunately, there's more to the story than that. Meeting your heroine right off the bat when she's woken up on the wrong side of the bed doesn't show you the good side of Judy initially. At first, she's a cranky crochety gal who's little brother bugs her, who makes fun of her teacher's name, and who can't stand her eternal crushee, Frank Pearl. "Ever since they had danced the Maypole together in kindergarten, this boy would not leave her alone". Fortunately, teacher Mr. Todd has a wonderful assignment for the class. They are to make a Me collage. On it, they will show items that explain who they are as a person.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By SLP books on December 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
I recently read this book with my 8 year old son for the bookclub we are in through his school library, and we loved it. He was intent on not reading it at first because he thought it was a "girls book", but when we finished it the other day he was actually disappointed. I found it to be heartwarming and funny. Especially her turnaround in feelings about the "eats paste" kid and the TP club. He seemed to enjoy it a lot, you will too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews on March 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
This review consists of two parts: 1. My daughter's review (she's 8) and 2. my review (the Mom's). For the full review of this and other children's books, please visit our website.


I think Judy Moody is funny and I would be friends with her in real life. We have some things that are the same; like, we're both in Grade 3, we both have little brothers, and we both have a pet cat. There are some really funny parts in this book. In a spelling test, Judy has to find five words out of GINO'S EXTRA CHEESE PIZZA, she finds the words tree, Texas, and taxi, but instead she writes down 1) no, 2) no, 3) no, 4) no, and 5) no. When her teacher asks her to share her words she says "no, no, no, no, no". I found this really funny. I like the part where they find a "moon rock" and smash it to make "moon dust". Her brother Stink then sells the moon dust for 50 cents a bag.

I like this club called the T.P. Club which stands for Toad Pee Club because Judy and her friend found a toad and it peed on them so they started a Toad Pee Club - but I don't really want to join that club. I like her brother Stink's crazy costume when he goes to see the President of the United States. When he gets back, Judy and her friend had stuck a fake plastic hand out of the toilet and when her brother goes to the bathroom he gets scared and yells:

Hey, Dad! Mom! There's somebody in the toilet!

I can't think of anything I don't like about it.

I really liked this book and I would recommend it to my friends who are girls. Boys my age might also like it because Judy's friends are two boys, Rocky and Frank. I would read the next Judy Moody books.


At first, I was a bit taken aback by Judy's sassiness toward her teacher.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Eddington on March 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
The first book in the Judy Moody series is a quick, reasonably humorous read that follows the escapades of third-grader Judy as she goes pet shopping, lectures her younger brother, Stink, about moon rocks, and even goes to the birthday party of her nemesis, Frank Who Eats Paste, all while searching for just the right stories and items for her Me Collage.

The younger readers who use our library quite like this book and the ones that come after it. It doesn't have much depth, though -- even for juvenile lit., the characters are somewhat flat, and the episodes tend to lurch toward their conclusions. Kids looking for another chapter book fix will probably read this and enjoy it, but it likely won't stay in their memory when it's over.
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