Great Illustrated Books

Judy Moody Goes to College

By Megan McDonald

Candlewick, 2008
Pages : 144
Suggested Ages: 6-9
ISBN: 9780763648565

And now for the latest Judy Moody book, number eight in the popular series about that pun-loving third grader with PMS. Your readers who don't know Judy yet will dive for the rest of the series, with its good-natured wordplay, riddles, and an ear for how real third graders talk. They'll also take a shine to her little brother, Stink, who has his own series, too, starting with Stink!: The Incredible Shrinking Kid. And they'll find lots of "Way-Not-Boring Fun Stuff to Do" at and

Substitute teacher Mrs. Grossman hands out candy to all of her students for good behavior, except to Judy, who is in one of her famous moods. Instead, she hands Judy a note to take home to her parents because of her inattentiveness in math. The result? Mom and Dad get her a tutor. Judy is in a snit at the notion of being a "tutor tot," as she calls it, until she realizes where she'll be going for her math sessions: to college.

Chloe Canfield, a college student at Colonial College, is called C-Squared by her friends because of her name and the fact that she's so into math. "Math is everywhere. Math is a fact of life," she announces to the initially skeptical Judy. All it takes is one trip to the campus hangout, the Coffee Catz, where the two play the Game of Life, for Judy to change her attitude. Judy finds it crucial, being at college. Crucial? You know-good, awesome, or as Judy usually puts it, rare. Chloe is the bomb, especially when she invites Judy to spend a whole Saturday on campus. Pretty soon, Judy is dressing like a co-ed, decorating her bedroom like a dorm room, and even doing yoga. And, in a satisfying last chapter, the whole third grade class accompanies Judy on a field trip to Chloe's school.

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If you love this book, then try:

Amato, Mary. The Word Eater. Holiday House, 2000.

Blume, Judy. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. Dutton, 1972.

Cameron, Ann. The Stories Huey Tells. Knopf, 1995. (And others in the Stories Huey Tells series.)

Cleary, Beverly. Ramona Quimby, Age 8. Morrow, 1981. (And others in the Ramona series.)

Danziger, Paula. Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon. Putnam, 1994. (And others in the Amber Brown series.)

Frasier, Debra. Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster. Harcourt, 2000.

Lowry, Lois. All About Sam. Houghton Mifflin, 1988. (And others in the Sam series.)

Lowry, Lois. Gooney Bird and the Room Mother. Houghton Mifflin, 2005.

Lowry, Lois. Gooney Bird Greene. Houghton Mifflin, 2002.

MacDonald, Amy. No More Nasty. Farrar, 2001.

McDonald, Megan. Judy Moody, M.D.: The Doctor Is In! Candlewick, 2004. (And others in the Judy Moody series.)

McDonald, Megan. Stink!: The Incredible Shrinking Kid. Candlewick, 2005. (And others in the Stink series.)

Pennypacker, Sara. Clementine's Letter. Hyperion, 2008. (And others in the Clementine series.)

Critics have said

An appended glossary defines terms such as geck, roomie, 'rents, and sick-awesome. Penned with expression and verve, Reynolds' ink drawings illustrate this amusing addition to the Judy Moody series.