Megan McDonald, ill. Peter H Reynolds
London, Walker, 2001, 160p
Judy Moody is an easy to read little novel. In this little episode in her life, she faces the challenge of making a collage about herself. She must include her favourite pet, the funniest thing that has happened to her, and something about where she lives.
In this novel, Judy is transitioning into third grade (it's an American book), which is why I chose it. I am trying to find books to recommend to the new Y7s, who are beginning to find their feet at a new school.
I quite like Judy. She's ambitious - she wants to be a doctor and knows all about Elizabeth Blackwell, the First Woman Doctor. She can be difficult, as she is unwilling to show enthusiasm, preferring to be moody than to admit to her teacher that she enjoys a task. But she is prepared to change her mind, as demonstrated when she welcomes another person into her small circle of friends.
A pleasant little story for a junior reader.