Judy Moody Girl Detective (series #9)
What You Need to Know:|
• Judy Moody is back, in the 9th book in this series, and this time she’s determined to solve a mystery.
• The Nancy Drew series plays a major part in this book.
• Judy’s brother Stink continues to be a major character as well.
• Readers may be inspired to start their own detective agencies because, as Judy says, you can find mysteries around
you every day.
• Although it may appear long, the smaller, unique size and expressive illustrations balance out the number of pages.
Sweet Series Background:|
Judy Moody is a funny character who is easy to get to know. Her stories are easy to follow and her problems are easily solved. The focus is on what Judy likes to do more than what she thinks and feels so there is a limit to the amount of information for young readers to take in and figure out. Although it may appear long, the smaller, unique size and the expressive illustrations balance out the number of pages. Readers will enjoy the ups and downs of Judy’s moods and her active imagination.
Judy Moody, third grader, seems to be going through a Nancy Drew phase. I might even go so far as to say she’s a little obsessed. She knows everything there is to know about Nancy and her adventures and makes plenty of references to these things throughout the story. If your reader hasn’t discovered Nancy Drew yet, keep this in mind because they may be a little lost during some parts. While Judy is fascinated by this series she does, also find it somewhat scary (funny, I remember I did too and wouldn’t read it before bed!), even going so far as to hide one of the books under a pillow.
Ignoring her fears, Judy is inspired by Nancy Drew to solve her own mystery. Stink, her little brother, gets involved early on and is key in helping the story move along. Their relationship, while sometimes contentious, is still a nice example of a brother and sister who can work together. Judy has her heart set on finding a mystery and as luck would have it, one falls practically into her lap. A police dog visits school and mysteriously disappears a few days later. Judy decides that this mystery is the one she’s been waiting for and, along with Stink, Rocky and Frank, she starts a Detective Agency with the search for Mr. Chips as the first case. If your reader loves Judy Moody (and I am normally a big fan of both Judy and Megan McDonald myself), this book will entertain but, I have to admit, for me, this one was not as original and humorous as some of the earlier titles.
Peter H. Reynolds
2010, 192 pages
Animals, Detective Stories, Feelings, Humor, School, Siblings
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