Author: Megan McDonald – Illustrator: Peter H. Reynolds
In honor of Backwards Day, Judy Moody decides to turn that frown upside down, make lemonade out of lemons, and be nice to stinky little brothers. In fact, Judy becomes a NOT moody, cool-as-a-cucumber neat freak for one whole entire day. But when her combed hair, matching outfits, and good moods hang around for days after, her friends begin to worry. Could this smiley Judy be an imposter?
Judy Moody is a great character — she’s normal and relatable, silly enough to be interesting but not so much as to be weird, and generally a good kid, even if things don’t always turn out as she plans. Judy is a fun character to root for, and her struggle to stay in a good mood while bad things go on around her is something that every child or adult can likely relate to. Watching Judy figure out how to keep her calm is not only entertaining but it also could teach readers a valuable lesson— after all, if Judy can do it, so can her readers.