Judy Moody by Megan McDonald is about a 3rd grader named Judy who likes to collect thing and prank her little brother, Stink. Judy's a typical kid who gets cranky and doesn't want to do things that she has to do. But this first book is all about Judy being able to turn her moods around.
Judy's really cool--she accurately portrays girls. Her favorite color isn't pink. She doesn't want to be a ballet dancer or some other traditionally female-gendered career. She wants to be a doctor. She gets a Venus Fly Trap for a pet. She's normal.
I can definitely understand the appeal for young readers for this series of books. I might even pick up the next one myself.
Middle Grade March Count : 6