Reviews for Holly Joliday


Booklist Reviews 2007 November #2
Judy Moody's Christmas list is so long she has to write it on toilet paper, but her young brother, Stink, has only one wish--snow. It hardly ever snows in Virginia, but maybe it will snow just for him. The latest in this popular series blends humor and story as tension builds on Christmas Eve, and puns and colorful illustrations show the siblings' banter and their bond. The longing for the snowy holiday will touch kids wherever they live. Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2007 #6
Judy needs a whole roll of toilet paper to write her Christmas wish list, but Stink wants only one thing: snow. Unlikely, that, in Virginia, but you never know when it comes to this duo. The good-natured teasing between Judy and Stink lends intimacy to the festive atmosphere of this easy chapter book; and full-color illustrations, along with a sparkly snow-dappled holographic cover, spread the Christmas cheer. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2007 November #1
First there was Judy and then there was Stink and now . . . they are together in their own book, filled with color illustrations and a sparkly, kid-attracting cover. For young readers who have learned to read with Judy and her brother, this is an event worth celebrating. All Stink wants for Christmas is SNOW. Judy, armed with her knowledge of Virginia weather patterns and the effects of global warming, tries to get Stink to ask for something reasonable. The arrival of a white-bearded, overweight letter carrier named Jack (Frost) gives Stink the extra amount of hope he needs. Judy, hoping to avert a muddy and moody Christmas, conspires to cheer up her brother with her own brand of snow. Some readers will miss the trademark brown-paper cover and sketched illustrations of the earlier books, but many will welcome the bright, color-drenched paintings as a little holiday magic. No matter the color, Judy and Stink's stories are always welcome for their humor and good spirit. (Fiction. 5-9) Copyright Kirkus 2007 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2007 October #4
Judy Moody and Stink: The Holly Joliday by Megan McDonald, illus. by Peter H. Reynolds, marks two firsts: never before have the siblings shared the marquee, and never before has the bestselling series been illustrated in full color. This episode finds the pair hoping for a white Christmas (even though it hasn't snowed in Virginia "for like a million years," according to Judy), performing holiday skits at school and getting a new mailman named Jack Frost. (Candlewick, $14.99 96p ages 5-8 ISBN 9780-7636-3237-3; Oct.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2007 October

Gr 3-5 -Fans of the Moodys will enjoy this holiday offering with its sparkly cover and full-color illustrations. All Stink wants for Christmas is snow, and that's not too likely in Virginia. But things begin to look up when a new mailman named Jack Frost (looking amazingly like Santa) shows up at the door and encourages Stink to ''Think snow." Predictably the plot revolves around Christmas lists, holiday plays, and lots of wishing, with a big show of heart from Judy Moody at the end. Most enjoyable is the fast-paced dialogue and witty sister-and-brother banter that readers have come to expect. A surefire hit for the "jolidays."-Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library

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