11 July 2011

Movin' On Up

We are moving up in the children's chapter book series world. We have not completely left Junie B. behind, but we are expanding our reading palette to include some other popular books.

One that Isaac is taking a liking to is Judy Moody by Megan McDonald. Some of you may be aware that there is a movie out this summer called Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer. We have not seen it yet, we plan to go this week. Rather than adapting one Judy Moody book it is a separate story entirely using McDonald's characters. As one whom is bothered when movie adaptations stray from the book's plot upon which they are based, I appreciate this approach and am curious to see how the movie and the books fit together.

Judy Moody is a series about a 4th grade girl who is smart, funny, and often finding herself in awkward situations. I find her to be a cross between Junie B. Jones and Ramona Quimby. And the books are a nice middle ground, as well. A step above Junie B. in reading level, but not quite the difficulty or length of Beverly Cleary's books.

We have read the first of the Judy Moody series, and another is waiting to be read in the bag of library books we brought home last week. We will be seeing the movie, too. I will pass on Isaac's review once he has rendered his opinion.

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