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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Series: Moxy Maxwell
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reprint edition (April 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440422302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440422303
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Moxy Maxwell is a procrastinator. She was assigned Stuart Little for summer reading, but it is still unread on the last day before the first day of school. Moxy's mother is well aware of this lapse. Moxy won't be allowed to play the eighth daisy petal in the water ballet at the local pool if she hasn't finished the book by the time Mom returns home. Intentions are good, but events keep getting in the way. Moxy's room must be cleaned, and the dog has to be trained. She also takes time to ponder the idea of inventing a hammock that automatically stops swinging when the inhabitor gets off. She decides to plant a peach orchard (with bad results). All of this is documented with funny black-and-white photographs taken by Moxy's brother. The short, sassy chapters have an immediacy that may have readers wringing their hands as the clock ticks down. The scenerio will ring true for readers who may have put off a few homework assignments of their own. Cooper, Ilene --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“WITH ITS BRILLIANTLY accessible application of a usually complex narrative technique, this work represents a significant raising of the bar for writers of chapter books. Technique or no technique, kids will recognize Moxy—and they will love her.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred

“Gifford’s depiction of an overly exuberant nine-year-old may remind some readers of Lois Lowry’s Gooney Bird Greene.—School Library Journal

“The short, sassy chapters have an immediacy that may have readers wringing their hands as the clock ticks down.”—Booklist

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The black and white photo illustrations greatly added to the charm of the book.
Mark Baker
And since Moxy is a great reader--she really does LOVE to read--it shouldn't be a problem, right?
24mark
The thing is, she likes to read what she wants to read, and not what someone else tells her to.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By 24mark on June 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Starting tomorrow, Moxy Maxwell will be in the fourth grade. That means tonight is her last chance to finish her summer reading assignment: all 144 pages of E. B. White's classic adventure story "Stuart Little." And since Moxy is a great reader--she really does LOVE to read--it shouldn't be a problem, right? Wrong. Because Moxy, like many young kids, is not so good at focusing: she can always find something other than homework that she would rather be doing. And so her hilarious, gregarious, and often precarious struggle to complete (or maybe just avoid) her summer homework is the subject of this winning new chapter book for elementary-age readers.

In quick, funny chapters, Peggy Gifford tells how Moxy's situation slides from serious to nearly cataclysmic in the waning hours of her summer vacation. Parental deadlines are set. Punishments are discussed. When the five-dollar word "consequences" is bandied about, Moxy gets right on the ball... cleaning her room... planting a peach orchard... inventing a backyard hammock stabilizer. In short, doing nearly anything and everything except actually digging in and reading "Stuart Little."

Throughout the book, Valorie Fisher's photographs (taken by Moxy's shutterbug brother Mark in the story) comically illustrate Moxy's widening spiral of procrastination and distraction: There's one of "Stuart Little" soaked in lemonade--and a follow-up shot as ants dog-pile onto the book. We get to see the intended site for Moxy's peach orchard dreams (a.k.a. her mom's flower garden), and we also get a reaction shot as her mom stumbles onto the scene of arboricultural mayhem. Each photo is priceless and perfectly woven into the story. Together, words and pictures relate all the furious, fateful events surrounding Moxy's last precious day of summer.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MissHayleyMac on November 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Reluctant or struggling readers may enjoy this ninety-two page book because the chapters are short (ranging from one word to only four pages long) and allow the use of white space to relieve the anxiety these particular readers may usually feel. Full and half-page black and white photographs are also included in about every third chapter.

These readers may also enjoy the chapter titles which are seamlessly part of the narration. The font of these titles is larger and (depending on the chapter) may cover half of the page.

Lastly, readers may identify with Moxy's perpetual, humorous diversions as she procrastinates from ... reading a book for class ...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mimagirl on August 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Moxy Maxwell likes to read. The thing is, she likes to read what she wants to read, and not what someone else tells her to. Now it's almost time for school to start back up, and Moxy has STILL not read her assigned book, Stuart Little. But it's not as if she hasn't been trying to - the book's been everywhere with her all summer. She just hasn't found a good time to actually get to it.

Short, simple, and sweet, Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little is an adorable story. Moxy is a winning heroine who you can't help but laugh at and with. The book revolves around one day, August 23rd, and is accented with photos (taken by Moxy's brother) that give the story a nice touch. I would highly recommend this as a fun, easy read for early readers. It would also make a good read-aloud.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edward on June 19, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is Ok....it's just that it is a tweeny bit boring. I like it because of the part where she thinks of planting a peach orchard. HA HA!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth K. Peterzell on August 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Moxy Maxwell is the most delightful character to come along since Junie B. Peggy Gifford uses a charming, humorous, poignant and insightful way of introducing us to Moxy. This is a wonderful book to use to teach vocabulary and for writing lessons. I hope Ms. Gifford continues to delight us with tales of Moxy and her adventures. Well done!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Annie K. on September 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
This amusing, refreshing, and speedy summer read is perfect with a glass of lemonade!

With only one day left of summer vacation, Moxy Maxwell, is down to the last minute to finish her summer reading before starting the 4th grade. And though Moxy had planned all along to read, Stuart Little, there just never were enough "in-between" times during the summer!

This means that Moxy not only has one day left to finish AND start the book, but her mother has also given her an ultimatum. Moxy must finish all 144 pages of, Stuart Little, by 6:00 PM, or Moxy will not be allowed to attend and perform at the, "Goodbye to Summer Splash," program!

But with a room to clean, a word to invent, a dog to train, and a peach orchard to grow, will Moxy find the time to finish all 144 pages of, Stuart Little?

Pefectly written, so that the words come off of the page like they are coming right out of Moxy Maxwell's head! Combine that with rich vocabulary and poignant black and white photographs to create a memorable read that will make you want to smile.

Perfect for a mother/daughter nighttime read or for a teacher read-aloud during the first week of school!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Three Silly Chicks on October 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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Moxy Maxwell is a perfectly named kid. The only thing this soon-to-be fourth grader has more of than moxy is ideas. She's full of them. Mostly ideas on how to avoid reading STUART LITTLE. Unfortunately, STUART LITTLE Is required summer reading and summer is almost over. It's not that Moxy has anything against convertible-driving mice. Or reading. Moxy LOVES reading. But she hates being told WHAT to read.

Moxy has tried all summer to read the book. Really she has! She has taken it everywhere: In the car, in the hammock, under her spilled glass of lemonade, into the swimming pool. Can Moxy help it that more important things pop up every time she opens that darned book? Who will plant the new peach orchard in her yard if she doesn't do it? Who will invent the automatic hammock stopper if not Moxy? And really folks, rooms don't clean themselves! MOXY MAXWELL DOES NOT LOVE STUART LITTLE is a great, fun read full of charm and humor told in simple, spunky language and documented by photographs taken by Moxy's twin brother (AKA Valorie Fisher). We love Moxy Maxwell and can't wait to hear more from her in the future!
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