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Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm

Review

Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm

written by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

Judy Moody is back, and she is the luckiest girl around! But will her good luck be enough to get her a spot at the spelling bee in Washington, D.C.? Find out in Megan McDonald’s latest super fun chapter book, JUDY MOODY AND THE BAD LUCK CHARM.

It all starts when Grandma Lou buys Judy a smooshed good luck penny (it only cost 51¢!) at Mt. Trashmore. With her lucky penny in her pocket, Judy manages to grab not one, not two, but three stuffed animals in the Claw machine at Two Chicks on a Raft Diner. Her good luck continues the next day with lucky breakfast cereal, a hidden cache of 10 whole dollars, and three strikes in a row bowled at Jessica Finch’s birthday party. 

"Though Judy is herself in third grade, the story and reading level probably will appeal most to slightly younger children or to older ones who want something quick and funny."

When Mr. Todd, Judy’s third-grade teacher, announces that the day’s spelling test is cancelled, Judy is sure it is the result of her lucky penny’s magic. But Mr. Todd has another spelling challenge in mind: a class spelling bee. Everyone knows that Jessica is the WBS (World’s Best Speller), but Judy is hopeful that her lucky penny will help her win the class spelling bee and a trip to Washington, D.C. for the Great Third Great Spelling Bee to be held there. Unfortunately, dropping the lucky penny in the toilet at school seems to have robbed Judy of her excellent luck. Before she knows it, she is knocked out of the bee with Chihuahua. “Holy burrito!”

So Jessica heads to D.C., but Judy gets to go too as pig sitter for Jessica’s new potbellied pet. As readers familiar with Judy’s spunky personality and knack for innocent mischief can guess, the trip to D.C. is a full-on adventure --- from amazing history to pig chases, from a narrowly averted spelling disaster to a presidential motorcade. 

JUDY MOODY AND THE BAD LUCK CHARM is the 11th book in the Judy Moody series and is a welcome addition. Judy’s hijinks are hilarious but age-appropriate for young readers. Though Judy is herself in third grade, the story and reading level probably will appeal most to slightly younger children or to older ones who want something quick and funny. Favorite characters like Jessica, Rocky and Frank are here, but most of the action involves Judy and her little brother, Stink. Judy Moody fans and readers of all ages are lucky indeed!

Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman on August 25, 2012

Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm
(Judy Moody #11)
written by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

  • Publication Date: April 10, 2018
  • Genres: Children's, Fiction, Mystery
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick
  • ISBN-10: 1536200808
  • ISBN-13: 9781536200805