Reviews for Judy Moody Saves the World!
Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 September 2002
Gr. 2-5. The third title in the Judy Moody series finds the spunky third-grader in a save-the-world mood. Judy would like to enter an adhesive bandage design contest, but she doesn't have any ideas. Then a class environmental preservation project inspires her creativity, as well as a new mission. But it's not long before Judy discovers that saving the world isn't easy, whether she is trying to convince her father not to drink rainforest bean coffee or her mom to dispose of a rubber toilet plunger. However, Judy persists, and while bandage-art fame eludes her, she does come up with a class recycling project that makes a difference. It also puts her in a very good mood. This charming read features characteristically snappy, humorous prose; expressive, witty, black-and-white illustrations; and some great ideas for classroom or home projects. The book stands alone, but fans will enjoy familiar, distinctive characters and references from previous titles. ((Reviewed September 1, 2002)) Copyright 2002 Booklist Reviews
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2003 Spring
Feisty Judy Moody is back, this time energizing her third-grade class to raise money to replace trees in the rainforest. As with the previous books ([cf2]Judy Moody[cf1]; [cf2]Judy Moody Gets Famous![cf1]), the large print, open format, and plentiful line-and-wash illustrations--coupled with the humorously forceful personality of the main character--make this entry enjoyable for second- and third-grade readers. Copyright 2003 Horn Book Guide Reviews
Kirkus Reviews 2002 July #1
McDonald's irrepressible third-grader (Judy Moody Gets Famous, 2001, etc.) takes a few false steps before hitting full stride. This time, not only has her genius little brother Stink submitted a competing entry in the Crazy Strips Band-Aid design contest, but in the wake of her science teacher's heads-up about rainforest destruction and endangered animals, she sees every member of her family using rainforest products. It's all more than enough to put her in a Mood, which gets her in trouble at home for letting Stink's pet toad, Toady, go free, and at school for surreptitiously collecting all the pencils (made from rainforest cedar) in class. And to top it off, Stink's Crazy Strips entry wins a prize, while she gets . . . a certificate. Chronicled amusingly in Reynolds's frequent ink-and-tea drawings, Judy goes from pillar to post-but she justifies the pencil caper convincingly enough to spark a bottle drive that nets her and her classmates not only a hundred seedling trees for Costa Rica, but the coveted school Giraffe Award (given to those who stick their necks out), along with T-shirts and ice cream coupons. Judy's growing corps of fans will crow "Rare!" right along with her. (Fiction. 8-10) Copyright Kirkus 2002 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2002 July #2
Inspired by environmental studies in school and a humiliating defeat in a Band-Aid design contest, Judy Moody, in her third adventure, revamps her family's recycling efforts and confiscates her classmates' wooden pencils in Judy Moody Saves the World by Megan McDonald, illus. by Peter Reynolds. The original Judy Moody is now available in paperback; in our Best Books citation, PW said, "It's hard to imagine a mood that Judy couldn't improve." (Aug.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.