Taylor’s Book Review – Judy Moody was in a Mood

(My daughter, Taylor, is seven years old. She is quickly becoming an avid reader, something I highly encourage. I have decided to give her a recurring spot on this blog where she can review her latest read. What follows in this post is Taylor’s first ever book review! The questions are mine. The answers (and the spelling) are all hers.)

Title: Judy Moody was in a Mood

Author: Megan McDonald

Illustrator: Peter Reynolds

Who is the main character of this book?

Judy Moody

Are there other important characters?


Name them and tell me a little about them.

Stink, little brother. Rocky, friend. Frank, eats paste for a dare and friend.

What happens in the story?

Well, Judy Moody is going back to school. She dose not want to. She misses summer. The teacher tells her to do a ME collage.  Judy is excited to tell people about herself. Allong the way, she found out some things about herself like: her favorite pet. She made a club with her best freind. She played a cavity in a play. She had fun scareing her little brother by putting a fake hand in the toilet. In the end Frank goned(joined) the t.p. club.

What was your favorite part?

When Judy said that her favorite pet was a venes fly trap. And when she puts a fake hand in the toilet crack. And when they start the t.p. club.

Was there anything you did not like?



Go to the end and find out. (she is referring to her score given at the end of this review)

Would you suggest this book to a friend?


How many dolphins (Taylor’s current favorite animal) do you give this book?

5 Dolphins = Super Awesome


Rating System:

1 Dolphin = eh, not so good

2 Dolphins = it’s okay

3 Dolphins = pretty good

4 Dolphins = great

5 Dolphins = super awesome

Writing Resolutions

The holidays are always a hectic time. The planning and shopping and decorating and baking and keeping the kids from losing their minds as each day passes and Christmas comes closer and closer… !

How on earth can a person be expected to stick to a writing routine?

I try.  And usually fail miserably sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Writing falls by the wayside so focus can be routed to the necessary holiday preparations. It’s a fact I accept and is likely the reason that I think Writing Resolutions are so important.

The area RWA writers group that I participate in recently had our annual holiday lunch. We exchanged small gifts, went over our goals from last year, and made new goals of what we expect to accomplish starting in the new year.  It is nice to look back and see if we stayed on task throughout the previous year and actually did those things we intended to do. Did we enter those contests? Complete the WIP? Start a new one? Submit to Agent A or Editor Z?

If not, why? Did our paths go in an unexpected direction?  Were there unavoidable distractions or interferences that prevented us from accomplishing the goals we set for ourselves?  Can these pitfalls be avoided in future?

I love this process of looking back to acknowledge how far I’ve come and then looking forward to set a plan for future accomplishments. Even when I can see the areas where I fell short, I try to learn from it.  Each step has something to teach us, every failure and success moves us forward. That’s all I can ask for… to keep moving forward, keep learning along the way, keep setting goals and striving to reach them.

Motivation counts for a lot in this process of improving my craft and seeking publication. There is no stopping if I want to be successful. So, I set my goals and keep writing.

I think 2012 is going to be a fantastic year!