Judy Moody, Mood Martian by Megan McDonald

Sasquatch! That’s who Judy looks like in her school picture. Antarctica! That’s where Judy’s been sent three times in a single sour-ball week to chill out. Can Judy’s mood get any worse? Well, duh! Of course it can. Unless, it’s Backward Day! That means it’s time for Judy to turn that frown upside down, make lemonade out of lemons, and be nice to stinky little brothers. Can she stay in a good-not-bad mood for an entire day? How about seven whole days? Will her friends freak out when they see a tidy, on-time Judy who smells like cupcake lip gloss? Good thing she has oodles of itchy-twitchy finger knitting to help keep her mind off the grumps: over under, loop-de-loop. Go, good-moody Judy, go!

Descriptions of the book used here were taken from Goodreads.com.

I loved Judy Moody so much growing up and when I saw this book was up for grabs on Netgalley, I wanted to read it again. There’s so much that I love about Megan McDonald’s writing and the beautiful simplicity of the worlds she creates with Judy, Stink and all the other characters to these stories. The plot is always easy to follow, but complex in it’s own way. I also really enjoyed the separate books about Stink, even though at the time they came out I was growing out of my huge Judy Moody phase.

There are so many books that just are my childhood and these books are one of them so if you (or a kid you know) haven’t read these books yet, I’m going to use this review to encourage you to get them copies of the books, whether it’s from the library or the bookstore or wherever.

Fans of the Judy Moody series won’t be disappointed with this one. I had a lot of fun coming back to Judy’s world and I love how even though Judy is, well, moody, and real and quirky, she’s not completely out of her mind or just weird the way that many middle grade books geared towards younger readers as well these days are. Perfect for younger to middle-grade girls. Overall, 4 stars.

pg count for the hardback: 208

Series: Judy Moody #12


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