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Will Judy’s lucky penny lead her to the nation’s capital — or to third-grade C-A-L-A-M-I-T-Y? And what do her spelling-bee nemesis and a potbellied pig have to do with it? The lucky penny in Judy Moody’s pocket sure does seem to be working. She can’t stop winning — at bowling, spelling, the unbeatable Prize Claw, everything! For sure and absolute positive, she’ll ride that Will Judy’s lucky penny lead her to the nation’s capital — or to third-grade C-A-L-A-M-I-T-Y? And what do her spelling-bee nemesis and a potbellied pig have to do with it? The lucky penny in Judy Moody’s pocket sure does seem to be working. She can’t stop winning — at bowling, spelling, the unbeatable Prize Claw, everything! For sure and absolute positive, she’ll ride that wave of good fortune all the way to Washington, D.C. Watch out, District of Cool, here comes Judy Moody, the luckiest kid ever, until . . . oh, no! Her lucky penny just did a belly flop into a porcelain bowl of yucky, blucky UNluck. Has the coin’s magic gone kerflooey?Are some people, like Jessica Finch or Stink, destined to have all the luck, while she, Judy Moody, gets stuck with a yard full of three-not-four leaf clovers, a squealing potbellied pig in an elevator, and a squashed penny with cooties? ROAR!


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Will Judy’s lucky penny lead her to the nation’s capital — or to third-grade C-A-L-A-M-I-T-Y? And what do her spelling-bee nemesis and a potbellied pig have to do with it? The lucky penny in Judy Moody’s pocket sure does seem to be working. She can’t stop winning — at bowling, spelling, the unbeatable Prize Claw, everything! For sure and absolute positive, she’ll ride that Will Judy’s lucky penny lead her to the nation’s capital — or to third-grade C-A-L-A-M-I-T-Y? And what do her spelling-bee nemesis and a potbellied pig have to do with it? The lucky penny in Judy Moody’s pocket sure does seem to be working. She can’t stop winning — at bowling, spelling, the unbeatable Prize Claw, everything! For sure and absolute positive, she’ll ride that wave of good fortune all the way to Washington, D.C. Watch out, District of Cool, here comes Judy Moody, the luckiest kid ever, until . . . oh, no! Her lucky penny just did a belly flop into a porcelain bowl of yucky, blucky UNluck. Has the coin’s magic gone kerflooey?Are some people, like Jessica Finch or Stink, destined to have all the luck, while she, Judy Moody, gets stuck with a yard full of three-not-four leaf clovers, a squealing potbellied pig in an elevator, and a squashed penny with cooties? ROAR!

30 review for Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm (Judy Moody, #11), Megan McDonald Judy Moody books: 1 - Judy Moody (Candlewick Press, 2000) 2 - Judy Moody Gets Famous! (Candlewick Press, 2001) 3 - Judy Moody Saves the World! (Candlewick Press, 2002) 4 - Judy Moody Predicts the Future (Candlewick Press, 2003) 5 - Judy Moody, M.D. The Doctor Is In (Published in the UK as Doctor Judy Moody) (Candlewick Press, 2004) 6 - Judy Moody Declares Independence (Candlewick Press, 2005) 7 - Judy Moody: Around the World in 8½ Days Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm (Judy Moody, #11), Megan McDonald Judy Moody books: 1 - Judy Moody (Candlewick Press, 2000) 2 - Judy Moody Gets Famous! (Candlewick Press, 2001) 3 - Judy Moody Saves the World! (Candlewick Press, 2002) 4 - Judy Moody Predicts the Future (Candlewick Press, 2003) 5 - Judy Moody, M.D. The Doctor Is In (Published in the UK as Doctor Judy Moody) (Candlewick Press, 2004) 6 - Judy Moody Declares Independence (Candlewick Press, 2005) 7 - Judy Moody: Around the World in 8½ Days (Candlewick Press, 2006) 8 - Judy Moody Goes to College (Candlewick Press, 2008) 9 - Judy Moody's Double Rare Way Not Boring Book of Fun Stuff to Do (Candlewick Press) 10 - Judy Moody's Way Wacky Uber Awesome Book of MORE Fun Stuff to Do (Candlewick Press, 2010) 11 - Judy Moody: Girl Detective (Candlewick Press, 2010) 12 - Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (Candlewick Press, 2011) 13 - Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm (Candlewick Press, 2012) 14 - Judy Moody: Mood Martian (Candlewick Press, 2014) 15 - Judy Moody and the Bucket List (Candlewick Press, 2016) تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز شانزدهم ماه آگوست سال 2014 میلادی عنوان: جودی و دمدمی و طلسم بدشانسی؛ نویسنده: مگان مک دونالد؛ تصویرگر: پیتر اچ. رینولدز؛ مترجم: محبوبه نجفخانی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، افق، چاپ نخست 1392، در 120 ص، مصور، از سری: جودی دمدمی؛ جلد ده فارسی و جلد یازده گودریدز، و جلد سیزده ویکیپدیا، گروه سنی: ج، شابک: 9789643699864؛ موضوع: کتابهای کودکان، داستانهای تخیلی، ماجرایی، داستان خواهران و برادران از نویسندگان امریکایی - سده 21 م ا. شربیانی

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dalia Gomez

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I liked this book because she goes to a restaurant and she finds a luck penny and she goes to those prize machine that if you win you get a toy and she gold s the penny in her hand and she wins it and she tries 4 more times and she wins and her brother starts to get mad because he didn't win.Then one day she looses it and things turn really bad because now she has really bad luck.

  3. 4 out of 5

    MaKayla

    judy moody is about a person who thinks she has good luck four leaf clover on a penny and she thinks she is the luckiest person in the whole wide world and two days later she runs out of luck and she gets very mad...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    “Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm” which I won through Goodreads Giveaways is a delightfully humorous chapter book that begins with a lucky penny from the 1970’s that Judy is sure is working when she wins prizes at the Bear Claw, is triumphant at bowling, and ends up going to Washington D.C, the District of Cool even though she wasn’t victorious in her 3rd grade’s spelling bee. But when she has to recover her coin from a toilet bowl she’s certain it’s a bad luck charm especially when her friend “Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm” which I won through Goodreads Giveaways is a delightfully humorous chapter book that begins with a lucky penny from the 1970’s that Judy is sure is working when she wins prizes at the Bear Claw, is triumphant at bowling, and ends up going to Washington D.C, the District of Cool even though she wasn’t victorious in her 3rd grade’s spelling bee. But when she has to recover her coin from a toilet bowl she’s certain it’s a bad luck charm especially when her friend Jessica Finch’s pig PeeGee WeeChee (PG) gets loose in the hotel in Washington where they’re staying. A mixture of adolescent superstitious fun, sightseeing highlights and insights into how we treat others and that luck doesn’t depend on a charm, the story will have you laughing out loud. Well-developed and geared to younger middle school children, I loved the “bad mood house” where July can freely express her feelings as well as the realism of a little brother like Stink who gets tangled up in his bubble gum. There’s even a poignant moment between Judy and Jessica when she learns that she had a hand in her friend’s winning the spelling bee trophy for their school. Like the plot the illustrations are well-crafted and add a unique dimension to this wonderful story. Vibrating with the joy of family and friendship Megan McDonald creates memorable characters in this story like impressionable, competitive Judy who after losing the spelling bee to smart, excitable Jessica agrees to go to Washington to look after her pig. Even Stink adds to the fun with his unruffled, easy-going humor showing jubilation at Judy's win against the Bear Claw and joy at buying a statue of his second favorite President at the museum. I enjoyed “Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm” the eleventh book in a series I’m hoping kids at my library will love as much as I do.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Linda Fast

    Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm is a children's book for ages 6 to 9 years of age. I received this book free of charge from Goodreads in exchange for my review. While Judy Moody and her grandma Lou are in Mount Trashmore Judy tries out a souvenir Penny Machine. Her new flattened penny has been made into a lucky coin. Judy is now finding luck in all of her en devours until she loses it and it falls into a school toilet. Being a 3rd grader is hard enough she feels but now she has bad luck. Her l Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm is a children's book for ages 6 to 9 years of age. I received this book free of charge from Goodreads in exchange for my review. While Judy Moody and her grandma Lou are in Mount Trashmore Judy tries out a souvenir Penny Machine. Her new flattened penny has been made into a lucky coin. Judy is now finding luck in all of her en devours until she loses it and it falls into a school toilet. Being a 3rd grader is hard enough she feels but now she has bad luck. Her luck changes when her family plans a trip to Washington DC so Judy can babysit her friends Jessica's pig during a spelling bee competition. The pig escapes its hotel room and Judy Moody is on the chase. I think American children would prefer this book since it has elements of Washington and presidents. Where as Canadian children from 6 to 9 years of age probably would not understand the history. The illustrations were well done and complimented the book nicely.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    Judy has found herself on a lucky streak, but when her lucky penny gets dropped in the toilet, things start to go downhill fast. Not everything is bad luck, but the more to tries to press her luck, the worse luck she receives. This novel at first started off as a little on the boring side, and had felt like it had no real direction. It wasn’t until the last chapter or so that we learn the purpose of the book, and the real plot, as Judy was kind of aimlessly doing things lucky or unlucky. Like th Judy has found herself on a lucky streak, but when her lucky penny gets dropped in the toilet, things start to go downhill fast. Not everything is bad luck, but the more to tries to press her luck, the worse luck she receives. This novel at first started off as a little on the boring side, and had felt like it had no real direction. It wasn’t until the last chapter or so that we learn the purpose of the book, and the real plot, as Judy was kind of aimlessly doing things lucky or unlucky. Like the past novels, this was sweet, but it felt like it was missing a lot of those antics that really make it a Judy Moody novel. MacDonald’s characters didn’t jump off the pages like they usually do, and they didn’t feel as vibrant. This definitely wasn’t the best out of them all, but it was still a pleasant read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sheri S.

    Judy Moody has a lucky penny and reaps the rewards of it...at least for a little while. She believes the lucky penny has resulted in all kinds of positive events in her life. Unfortunately, her luck runs dry after a while, but she learns valuable lessons (such as celebrating others' successes). Jessica Finch is a major character in the story as well as her pig, PG. As like other Judy Moody books, this story is enjoyable and is sure to keep the kids entertained.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gmr

    Little Miss Moody thinks she's on a roll when Lady Luck seems to be going her way...until it isn't, turning her lucky penny into a toilet-water-soaked (don't ask) disappointment, bringing on the most bad mood of them all! Don't worry though because it's nothing a little adventure in pig-sitting and a trip to our nation's capital can't fix in a hurry. **copy received for review

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia

    A cute book for the 6 - 9 age group. A great beginning chapter book or would be a wonderful read aloud book for parents to read at bedtime. Humor that the kids would enjoy. "In compliance with FTC guidelines, I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads."

  10. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I had to admit I've never been very fond of Judy Moody books. But my little boy is, and he quite liked the pig. And they are every-so-charmingly illustrated.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chelsey Hillyer

    Not my favorite Judy Moody because she's kind of a jerk to Jessica Finch, but it did teach my 5 year old the word emancipate, so I guess it's not all bad.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    A classic chapter book for young readers with fun illustrations. The slang dictionary and sticker page make it extra special.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Hailey

    This book was so interesting and funny!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Crumley

    I love Judy Moody books , I let my daughter read this one and she loved it so much!!! They are easy reads, that share adventure and fun!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Owen Taylor

    I read this in fourth grade, great book for young audience.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Vasquez

    Judy Moody and her brother stink have a great adventure in Washington DC. This book has a lot of spelling in it, so that 's pretty cool! Cute book to read for children!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Joelle Karlitz

    Title: Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm Author: Megan McDonlad Illustrator: Peter H. Reynolds Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Comedy Theme (s): Comedy and Humor, Determination, Friendship Opening Line/Sentence: She, Judy Mood, had a penny. Not just any penny. Not a regular old Abe Lincoln Penny. A lucky penny. No lie! Brief Book Summary: The lucky penny in Judy Moody's pocket does seem to be working. At first, she can't stop winning even at a bowling, spelling, and the indomitable Prize Claw. Therefo Title: Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm Author: Megan McDonlad Illustrator: Peter H. Reynolds Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Comedy Theme (s): Comedy and Humor, Determination, Friendship Opening Line/Sentence: She, Judy Mood, had a penny. Not just any penny. Not a regular old Abe Lincoln Penny. A lucky penny. No lie! Brief Book Summary: The lucky penny in Judy Moody's pocket does seem to be working. At first, she can't stop winning even at a bowling, spelling, and the indomitable Prize Claw. Therefore, she believes that she believes she will win in Washington D.C, however, she drops her lucky penny. The story describes what happens afterwards and the challenges that Judy faces. Professional Recommendation/Review #1: (Horn Book) 1-3 Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. series. In her eleventh misadventure, Judy Moody finds a lucky penny, only to lose it, recover it, and lose it again. Her good fortune comes and goes, too: she travels to Washington DC for her school's spelling bee, but misplaces a potbellied pig she's supposed to be tending. As always, newly independent readers will easily relate to Judy's charming flaws. Professional Recommendation/Review #2: (CLCD) Imagine winning prize after prize from The Claw—a fishing-for-stuffed-animals arcade game. That’s what happens to Judy with her new lucky penny. The good fortune doesn’t stop there, however. She bowls a prizewinning game at a birthday party, and the tough word she's asked to spell in front of her third-grade class just happens to be posted on the bulletin board. Good luck can’t last forever though; she drops her lucky penny in the toilet and then misspells the very first word during the class spelling bee. She's then asked to accompany classmate and bee winner Jessica to Washington, D.C., to babysit a pet piglet—that she accidentally almost loses. Character development is minimal but, Holy Baloney! McDonald’s lively style still has lots of young-reader appeal, even after all these years and outings. Quirky black-and-white illustrations on almost every page accompany the large-font and good-humored text. Nothing truly compelling happens, but all of Judy’s adventures are amusing and in sync with a third-grader's experience. The brisk pace and familiar situations are likely to keep young readers and listeners engaged. Response to Two Professional Reviews: I also felt that the character’s development was extremely appealing and interesting. I loved the humor throughout the story and appreciated the large font size. Evaluation of Literary Elements: I felt that this book is a great children’s book to read in the classroom. It is easy to follow and understand because of the large font used. The pictures are also entertaining but do not draw too much attention away from the storyline and plot. Consideration of Instructional Application: I think this is a great book to incorporate into the classroom! It shows children hard work and determination can help you accomplish anything! It also is a great model for children who get frustrated easily and give up as opposed to working harder towards something they wish to achieve. An activity that could be used in the classroom while reading this book is splitting the classroom up into groups and having each child share something that they would like to complete but are too nervous or scared to.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Emma Hakaj

    "Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm" by Megan McDonald is such an AMAZING book! The book Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm is about a girl named Judy and her grandmother gave her a penny that has been in her pocket since the 1970's. Then, Judy took it of course and in minutes she started getting good luck. And not just any "good luck" by good luck I mean like winning prizes, winning spelling, and even winning at bowling, she is really lucky! Luckiest, that is, until her lucky penny has gone to an "Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm" by Megan McDonald is such an AMAZING book! The book Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm is about a girl named Judy and her grandmother gave her a penny that has been in her pocket since the 1970's. Then, Judy took it of course and in minutes she started getting good luck. And not just any "good luck" by good luck I mean like winning prizes, winning spelling, and even winning at bowling, she is really lucky! Luckiest, that is, until her lucky penny has gone to an unlucky accident, so suddenly its goodbye lucky penny, hello bad luck! She started getting bad luck, like having to babysit a pig, breaking up with friends, and even cancelled plans. I really enjoyed this book because it had a really good twist to it since Judy's good luck penny gave her lots and lots of luck, she later got some bad luck that she was not expecting. I highly recommend this book to 4th graders or up, but be prepared for some funny, or maybe even some jaw dropping scenes.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Lockhart

    For one of my fiction choice books I choose a realistic fiction book called Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm by Megan McDonald. This was the 11th book in the Judy Moody series and it was a Children’s Choice Award winner in 2013. Judy’s grandmother gives her a lucky penny and from that moment Judy is on top of the world. She seems to be the luckiest kid, finds $10, keeps beating the unbeatable claw machine, and even bowls a turkey. She is so excited about her good luck and hopes it can carry wi For one of my fiction choice books I choose a realistic fiction book called Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm by Megan McDonald. This was the 11th book in the Judy Moody series and it was a Children’s Choice Award winner in 2013. Judy’s grandmother gives her a lucky penny and from that moment Judy is on top of the world. She seems to be the luckiest kid, finds $10, keeps beating the unbeatable claw machine, and even bowls a turkey. She is so excited about her good luck and hopes it can carry with her. Unfortunately, Judy’s lucky penny takes a swim in the toilet. Judy is scared and it seems like all her good luck is gone and only bad things are going to happen to her from now on. Through the bad luck, Judy finally realizes that good luck is out there and that she just has to wait for it to happen, that a penny does not make it happen. This series of books has delighted children for years. The characters within this story have been developed well. They continue to grow from book to book however, the book makes sure to review facts so that the reader can get the whole picture. The main characters like Judy and Stink, her little brother, are shown with defined characteristics which the reader would be able see. The book has themes of friendship and understanding of knowing luck does not come from a penny. Both themes are will developed and easy to understand for the grade level of the book. I enjoyed reading this book. I have read a few other Judy Moody books for other projects and have always found them well written and humorous. I feel they are great books for students who are new to chapter books. They could also be great for a student who may not enjoy reading but may enjoy the character of Judy Moody. With this being a series, it could lead a student to enjoying the full series. This book could be used in a literature circle reading to be included into a theme unit. I am not sure I would make a lesson plan about the book; however, I would definitely recommend students to read it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Katie Fitzgerald

    Judy Moody has a lucky penny. At first, it brings great luck - prizes from The Claw machine, a lucky number of marshmallows in her breakfast cereal, and ten dollars among her Crazy Strips collection. Unfortunately, though, her good luck runs out before the class spelling bee and she is not selected to represent the third grade in Washington, DC. Now her only chance to go on the trip is to accompany her classmate, Jessica, and babysit Jessica’s pet pig, Peegee Weegee. Will her luck hold out long Judy Moody has a lucky penny. At first, it brings great luck - prizes from The Claw machine, a lucky number of marshmallows in her breakfast cereal, and ten dollars among her Crazy Strips collection. Unfortunately, though, her good luck runs out before the class spelling bee and she is not selected to represent the third grade in Washington, DC. Now her only chance to go on the trip is to accompany her classmate, Jessica, and babysit Jessica’s pet pig, Peegee Weegee. Will her luck hold out long enough to keep Peegee Weegee out of trouble, or will more bad luck follow her to Washington? This book fits in nicely amongst the others of the series, but it did give me pause. Why would someone bring her pig all the way to Washington, DC for a spelling bee? And why hire a third grader to watch him? I haven’t read all of the previous Judy Moody titles, so maybe this is just par for the course, but this storyline seemed especially unrealistic to me. I also noticed that the characterization of the Moody family, and even of Judy herself, seemed stronger to me in the most recent Stink book than it does in this one. I found that surprising, since the Stink books are a spin-off from the Judy Moody series, but it might also be that the Judy series is just more well-established so readers need fewer reminders of who everyone is. The idea of a good luck charm is a nice choice of topic for a chapter book, because I think a lot of kids wish for magical objects, or at least pretend everyday things like pennies and rocks can grant them wishes. I also like the fact that Judy ultimately learns that her good fortune comes from her own actions and not from magical outside sources. Finally, I think this book fills the need for more pig-related chapter books for Mercy Watson fans looking for what to read next.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Newton

    Category: Fiction (Realistic Fiction/Humor) Source: 2013 Children’s Choice Awards I can see why this book was put on the 2013 Children's Choice Awards list. It is a great read that kids will thoroughly enjoy. This book is the 11th book of the Judy Moody series, so there are many more books that children can read to keep them interested if they love Judy Moody. Judy Moody is in third grade herself, so this is a great book for grades 3-5. This book is based on Judy's lucky penny that her grandmother Category: Fiction (Realistic Fiction/Humor) Source: 2013 Children’s Choice Awards I can see why this book was put on the 2013 Children's Choice Awards list. It is a great read that kids will thoroughly enjoy. This book is the 11th book of the Judy Moody series, so there are many more books that children can read to keep them interested if they love Judy Moody. Judy Moody is in third grade herself, so this is a great book for grades 3-5. This book is based on Judy's lucky penny that her grandmother gives her. Her penny gives her good luck, but how far will luck take her? This book is based on Judy's lucky penny that her grandmother gives her. Once Judy gets her penny, she can't stop winning. She wins at bowling, spelling, and wins the prize claw 3 times. She is hoping that her penny will help her win the spelling bee so that she can take a trip to Washington DC, but how far will the penny's luck take her? The theme of this book consists of friendship and humor. It is a great read for all ages and keeps you laughing. The characters in this book are Judy, her little brother, Stink, Grandma Lou, Judy's third grade teacher, Mr. Todd, Jessica, Rocky, and Frank. All of the character interactions are great in this book and the characters really bring the book to life. This book is told by Judy, but is more action and dialogue directed. All of Megan McDonald's books are very appealing to children, and even adults. She uses humor in order to keep the children engaged. Judy Moody may be used as a great theme in the classroom, but overall, these books are just a fun read for kids and they can connect with Judy on a personal level since she is in third grade herself. Judy is such a fun, appealing character and I enjoy seeing what she will do or say next.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mehsi

    4.5 stars. A new fun, laughing aloud story with Judy Moody in the lead. I really loved the topic of the book, good luck charms, good luck, bad luck, Spelling Bees (those really sound so much fun, I would have loved to have those back when I was a kid), pigs and oh so much more. However, like I said in previous book reviews for Judy, she is so easily impressionable and at times seems like she has no brains in that head of hers. OMG my good luck charm works, lets not study or do anything. Sure, it s 4.5 stars. A new fun, laughing aloud story with Judy Moody in the lead. I really loved the topic of the book, good luck charms, good luck, bad luck, Spelling Bees (those really sound so much fun, I would have loved to have those back when I was a kid), pigs and oh so much more. However, like I said in previous book reviews for Judy, she is so easily impressionable and at times seems like she has no brains in that head of hers. OMG my good luck charm works, lets not study or do anything. Sure, it seems the charm worked, but if it was truly the charm, or just Judy being extra lucky during those days, we will never know. I just didn’t like how Judy depended so much on one charm. I also didn’t (never did) like her attitude towards Jessica. On the one hand she is friendly, but on the other hand it seems she is just using Jessica. Not a good attitude to have for a kid so young. Bleh. But most of the book had me laughing out loud, especially when something happened to the charm and it seemed all was lost. Judy’s reaction to it, and then Stink’s reaction (when he did something with the coin), was great. The trip to D.C was really fun and I enjoyed it a lot, I wish I could see all those things that Judy and her family saw. They sound fun and interesting, exactly the kind of stuff I would also enjoy. I loved the little Bad Mood House, that would just be perfect for Judy to have. Of course we also have illustrations, and I still love them a lot. They are fun and really make me laugh at times. Would I recommend this book? Yes! Review first posted at http://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  23. 5 out of 5

    Steven R. McEvoy

    Just when you think Judy Moody cannot get any better, it does. Including this book, there are 11 Judy Moody story books, 3 Judy Moody Activity books, 2 Judy Moody and Stink cross-over books and 9 Stink Moody books. For a series about one family to have 25 books and the authors to come up with more great ideas is amazing and wonderful all rolled up together. My children are just discovering these books and they love them. They love Judy and Stink, they love the illustrations and they find the sto Just when you think Judy Moody cannot get any better, it does. Including this book, there are 11 Judy Moody story books, 3 Judy Moody Activity books, 2 Judy Moody and Stink cross-over books and 9 Stink Moody books. For a series about one family to have 25 books and the authors to come up with more great ideas is amazing and wonderful all rolled up together. My children are just discovering these books and they love them. They love Judy and Stink, they love the illustrations and they find the stories hilarious. Even though they are nowhere near being able to read these books yet, they love having them read to them. In fact they are the only chapter books we read. And after we read them they love going back through the illustrations and telling the stories to each other. The chapters in this brilliant story are: The Luck Penny Good Luck x3 Planet Lucky The Bad-Luck Charm Uck Bluck Charm The District of Cool Finch-Face Freakout Judy Moody, Pig Sitter Pig in the City E-M-A-N-C-I-P-A-T-E Judy gets a lucky penny and it seems to be working. Things just keep going her way. Then when her luck seems to turn she gets rid of the penny. But once Stink has it, he seems to have good luck, so Judy wants it back. In a story with wishing, a possible trip to Washington D.C., spelling bees and pig sitting there, it is bound to be fun for the whole family. Another great story in an amazing series! Read the review and with links to other reviews of books by the authors on my blog Book Reviews and More.

  24. 4 out of 5

    LauraR

    This is the perfect chapter book for any second or third grade girl. Recommended by the International Literary Association Children's Choice 2012 winner, Judy Moody is filled with a mix of humor and life lessons that are easy to understand. In this particular book, Judy encounters a lucky penny and she is convinced that it will bring her luck. Judy's positive attitude, yet selfish personality begin to shine through as her life gets "easier". One day, her luck runs out and Judy feels as though he This is the perfect chapter book for any second or third grade girl. Recommended by the International Literary Association Children's Choice 2012 winner, Judy Moody is filled with a mix of humor and life lessons that are easy to understand. In this particular book, Judy encounters a lucky penny and she is convinced that it will bring her luck. Judy's positive attitude, yet selfish personality begin to shine through as her life gets "easier". One day, her luck runs out and Judy feels as though her life is falling apart. As Judy's life continues on, she begins to realize the important things in life and how having luck isn' what makes life great/easy! The illustrations in this book are drawing based and are all black and white. It looks as though the illustrator utilized pencil/pen to create the images. The images range in size and on the iPad, it appeared that the images were well placed. I thought that the amount of illustrations were perfect and it allowed the reader to understand the text, while still formulating their own images. This book would be perfect to have in any 2nd or 3rd grade classroom and could be utilized as a read aloud book, a literature circle book, or even an independent book. Due to the fact that this book is part of a series, it is important that other books in the series are available if students are interested in continuing. The nice part about this series is that the reader does not have to start at the first book. This allows readers to choose a book based on their interests.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine Marie {#thebookishmama}

    Sometimes I get a little embarrassed by my love for middle grade fiction because it often leads me to wander through the kids section. Most of the time, I spend most of my time in the kids section of a bookstore because I love middle grade books. People have asked me why I like reading "kid books" and usually my response is because I love being able to share them with my students. I used to think that there was no restriction on how far down the grades I could go and still enjoy the books. God k Sometimes I get a little embarrassed by my love for middle grade fiction because it often leads me to wander through the kids section. Most of the time, I spend most of my time in the kids section of a bookstore because I love middle grade books. People have asked me why I like reading "kid books" and usually my response is because I love being able to share them with my students. I used to think that there was no restriction on how far down the grades I could go and still enjoy the books. God knows I love picture books. However, since Judy Moody is written more for the younger readers, I think it might be past that mysterious "point" where it's not as interesting for me as an adult. What I love about the Judy Moody series are the beautiful illustrations. She is a grown-up Junie B. Jones for a lot of my students and has entertained many girl (and boy!) readers in my classes throughout the years. This eleventh installation of Judy Moody finds her trying to ride out the luck on her good luck charm for as long as possible. This brings her to Washington D.C. and I enjoyed the descriptions of the city for readers that might not have visited there before. Judy is a girl that always stands up for what she believes in and I love her tenacity. Overall it was an enjoyable story, but I think I'll stick to my higher-level middle grade fiction in the future. For more reviews from the bookish mama, please click here.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Davis

    Junior Book Log Title: Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm Author: Megan McDonald Category: Fiction Choice #5 Source: Children’s Choice Award 2013 The Judy Moody series has interested students since 2000 and this is still the case with Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm. The great thing about this series as that it is a continuation from the next so the characters are extremely well developed. This book does go back and give background information so it is not necessary to have read the previous ones pr Junior Book Log Title: Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm Author: Megan McDonald Category: Fiction Choice #5 Source: Children’s Choice Award 2013 The Judy Moody series has interested students since 2000 and this is still the case with Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm. The great thing about this series as that it is a continuation from the next so the characters are extremely well developed. This book does go back and give background information so it is not necessary to have read the previous ones prior to this. This is a great book for students that are beginning to read chapter books, as it is a captivating easy read that the students would enjoy. It tells the story of when Judy, a third grader herself, receives a lucky penny from her grandmother. With this penny she is able to do anything, wins the spelling bee, finds money and even beats that claw game multiple times in a row. Unfortunately, Judy loses her penny and it seems as though she will have bad luck forever. In the end she realizes that she can have good luck without the penny! I had never actually read a book from the Judy Moody series, but I definitely understand why the students love them!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Christine Mccurley

    McDonald, M. (2012). Judy moody and the bad luck charm. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press. Recommending Source: Textbook Contemporary Realistic Fiction We all have that one friend that has all of the good luck, it could even be you! Judy Moody is back and has a lucky penny she made with a four leaf clover on it. Stink doesn’t think this penny is lucky at all, but when his sister wins 3 toys from the claw machine, he begins to think otherwise. Does Judy always have her luck? When Judy’s lucky penny f McDonald, M. (2012). Judy moody and the bad luck charm. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press. Recommending Source: Textbook Contemporary Realistic Fiction We all have that one friend that has all of the good luck, it could even be you! Judy Moody is back and has a lucky penny she made with a four leaf clover on it. Stink doesn’t think this penny is lucky at all, but when his sister wins 3 toys from the claw machine, he begins to think otherwise. Does Judy always have her luck? When Judy’s lucky penny fell in the toilet, things start to change. You’ll find out how Judy’s luck changes from that moment on. Has all of the luck been washed away? The illustrations in the book add a great visual of some of the important events, but they do not distract from the fantastic plot. This book is a great addition to any classroom library for 1st-4th grade.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Grades 1-4 Ever since Grandma gave Judy a lucky penny, nothing can go wrong-- she's able to get the stuffed animal prize in the claw game, she finds $10, she even bowls a turkey at the bowling alley! But all that changes when the penny gets dropped in the toilet. Afterwards, Judy can't seem to find ANY good luck. She was so looking forward to going to Washington, DC as the third-grade winner of the spelling bee, but after the penny fiasco, Judy loses to Jessica Finch! Even when Judy finds out th Grades 1-4 Ever since Grandma gave Judy a lucky penny, nothing can go wrong-- she's able to get the stuffed animal prize in the claw game, she finds $10, she even bowls a turkey at the bowling alley! But all that changes when the penny gets dropped in the toilet. Afterwards, Judy can't seem to find ANY good luck. She was so looking forward to going to Washington, DC as the third-grade winner of the spelling bee, but after the penny fiasco, Judy loses to Jessica Finch! Even when Judy finds out that her family is going to go along so that Judy can babysit Jessica's pet pig, Judy almost loses the pig. But Judy slowly realizes that good luck is out there, lucky penny or not, if she only keeps an eye out for it. A solid addition to the Judy Moody series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    S Collins

    McDonald, M., & Reynolds, P. (2012). Judy Moody and the bad luck charm. Somerville, Mass: Candlewick. Starred review School Library December 2012 Fiction Choice: Realistic Fiction/Humor Judy Moody is on a winning streak thanks to a penny. This is no ordinary penny this is a lucky penny she made on a penny machine. Judy is sure that her penny is lucky until an unexpected event cast a shadow of doubt. Maybe everything is a series of coincidences. Judy Moody and the bad luck charm tells the story of a McDonald, M., & Reynolds, P. (2012). Judy Moody and the bad luck charm. Somerville, Mass: Candlewick. Starred review School Library December 2012 Fiction Choice: Realistic Fiction/Humor Judy Moody is on a winning streak thanks to a penny. This is no ordinary penny this is a lucky penny she made on a penny machine. Judy is sure that her penny is lucky until an unexpected event cast a shadow of doubt. Maybe everything is a series of coincidences. Judy Moody and the bad luck charm tells the story of a regular little girl that children ages six to nine can definitely relate, especially Virginians, because the events in the book could actually happen and the locations mentioned are familiar. I thought the book was funny and an easy read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Ard

    Judy Moody is up to her old tricks, this time with the help of a very lucky penny. She’s winning at everything she tries – bowling, spelling, and even the never-to-beat claw machine, until she drops the penny in an unfortunate spot and it becomes the unlucky penny. When Judy discovers that she gave up on luck too soon, she recovers the penny to ride her luck all the way to Washington D.C. Oh lucky day! This is book eleven in the series, with a reading level of grade 3. review for the Portland Boo Judy Moody is up to her old tricks, this time with the help of a very lucky penny. She’s winning at everything she tries – bowling, spelling, and even the never-to-beat claw machine, until she drops the penny in an unfortunate spot and it becomes the unlucky penny. When Judy discovers that she gave up on luck too soon, she recovers the penny to ride her luck all the way to Washington D.C. Oh lucky day! This is book eleven in the series, with a reading level of grade 3. review for the Portland Book Review

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