Megan McDonald is the author of the popular and award-winning Judy Moody and Stink series. She says that most of the stories about Judy came out of growing up the youngest of five girls. She lives in California, USA, with her husband. Peter H. Reynolds is the illustrator of the Judy Moody and Stink books and the author-illustrator of The Dot, Ish and So Few of Me. He lives in Dedham, Massachusetts, USA.
Gr 2-4-Sassy third-grader Judy Moody is back in this sequel (2001) to Judy Moody Was in a Mood (2000, both Candlewick). Listeners will be swept up in the girl's pursuit of fame after her arch rival, Jessica, wins the local spelling bee accompanied by front-page newspaper coverage. Judy tries to pass off a newly "scarred" cherry pit as an artifact from George Washington's tree, but it's swallowed by a boy who mistakes it for an M & M. Judy almost becomes famous when her cat comes in second during the "Famous Pet Contest," but the photo in the paper only features her elbow. Judy finally earns her fame by mistake, after "borrowing" a smattering of battered dolls from the local hospital, refurbishing them, and then returning them anonymously. Barbara Rosenblat's narration suits Judy's spunky nature. This fun listen is sure to be popular with Judy's fans.-Caitlyn Walsh, Fayetteville Public Library, AR (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.