Prank You Very Much (Judy Moody and Friends) – by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Erwin Madrid (based on characters created by Peter H. Reynolds), Candlewick Press, 9781536200072 (hc), 9781536200089 (pb), 2020
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Realistic fiction
What did you like about the book? The Judy Moody series has been a consistent read-aloud favorite for decades. Now, emerging readers have a chance to explore these highly engaging stories on their own in a series modified for independent reading. In this story, Stink is entered in a science contest with a tomato experiment. Readers learn a bit of science and follow along as Judy pranks him with a well thought out plan. Stink is disappointed when he finds out that she is the reason for his success, however, he handles it like a champ and quickly exacts appropriate revenge. Readers leave satisfied that brother and sister love each other and know how to have a good time. The illustrations are brightly colored, remain consistent with Reynold’s original intent, and provide an engaging scaffold for newer readers.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Fans of the series will love introducing these stories to even younger children
Who should buy this book? Elementary and public libraries
Where would you shelve it? Early readers or chapter books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Given the continued popularity of the series, yes!
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA
Date of review: 7/7/2020