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Book Review

Judy Moody Was in a Mood by Megan McDonald has been reviewed by Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine. It is the first book in the "Judy Moody" series.

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

Other Negative Elements

Conclusion

Pro-social Content

Objectionable Content

Summary Advisory

Plot Summary

Judy Moody dreads the end of summer vacation and her first day of third grade. But she and her best friend, Rocky, manage to keep each other entertained as they attempt to avoid Judy's little brother, Stink, and complete their "Me Collages" for class. In creating collages, Judy and Rocky must visually describe themselves and their lives for their classmates. Judy's ever-changing collage — which is altered even moments before her presentation — speaks to the fluidity of moods, circumstances and friendships that constitute the life of a third-grader.

Christian Beliefs

None

Other Belief Systems

None

Authority Roles

The text and pictures indicate that Judy's parents are frequently present and involved in their kids' lives. They accompany Judy's younger brother on a class field trip to the White House. They take Judy, her brother and her friends out for ice cream. They also show an interest in the kids' school projects. They do force Judy to attend the party of a classmate she dislikes, but because she gets to know him better at the event, she and the boy become friends.

Profanity/Violence

Nothing graphic — just a little grossness — is present. Judy collects scabs, and she and her friends start the Toad Pee Club after her toad urinates on each of their hands.

Kissing/Sex/Homosexuality

None

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Credits

Rating

Readability Age Range

6 to 9

Author

Megan McDonald

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Distributor

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Performance

Record Label

Platform

Publisher

Candlewick Press, an imprint of Walker Books

Released

On Video

Year Published

2001

Awards

American Library Association Notable Children's Book, 2001; Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award, 2003

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