Literature: Judy Moody

A series of novels by Megan Mc Donald, aimed at kids around the age of 8-12 years old. They tell the story of Judy, a third-grader girl.

Judy's family includes her mother, her father and her brother Stink. Other kids in the neighborhood include Judy's friends Rocky and Frank.

The books to date are:
    Judy Moody 
  • Judy Moody (2000)
  • Judy Moody Gets Famous (2001)
  • Judy Moody Saves the World (2002)
  • Judy Moody Predicts the Future (2003)
  • Judy Moody M.D.: The Doctor Is In! (2004)
  • Judy Moody Declares Independence (2005)
  • Judy Moody: Around the World in 8 1/2 Days (2006)
  • Judy Moody Goes to College (2008)
  • Judy Moody: Girl Detective (2010)
  • Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (the basis of the film)
  • Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm
  • Judy Moody's Double-Rare Way-Not-Boring Book of Fun Stuff to Do (Supplementary book)
  • Judy Moody's Way Wacky Uber Awesome Book of More Fun Stuff to Do (Supplementary book)
  • Judy Moody's Mini-Mysteries and Other Sneaky Stuff for Super Sleuths (Supplementary book)
  • Judy Moody Star-Studded Collection (Compilation)
  • Judy Moody Double-Rare collection (Compilation)
  • Judy Moody Twice As Moody

There's also a Spinoff series starring Judy's brother, Stink:

    Stink Moody 
  • Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid (2005)
  • Stink and the Incredible Super-Galactic Jawbreaker (2006)
  • Stink and the World's Worst Super-Stinky Sneaker Contest (2008)
  • Stink and the Great Guinea Pig Express (2009)
  • Stink: Solar System Superhero (2010)
  • Stink and the Ultimate Thumb-Wrestling Smackdown
  • Stink and the Midnight Zombie Walk
  • Stink-O-Pedia: Super-Stink-y Stuff from A to Zzzzz (Supplementary book)
  • Stink-O-Pedia, Volume 2: More Stink-y Stuff from A to Z (Supplementary book)
  • Stink it Up! A Guide to the Gross, the Bad, and the Smelly (Supplementary book)
  • Stink and the Freaky Frog Freakout (2013)
  • Stink and the Shark Sleepover (2014)
  • Stink: The Super-Incredible Collection (Paperback boxset, books 1-3)
  • Stink: The Absolutely Astronomical Collection (Papeback boxset, books 4-6)

There's also a combination series, Judy Moody & Stink:

    Judy Moody & Stink 
  • Judy Moody & Stink: The Holly Joliday
  • Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt
  • Judy Moody & Stink: The Big Bad Blackout

There's yet another, Judy Moody and Friends. These are sort of a combination of chapter and picture book and each features a different friend of Judy in a prominent role.

    Judy Moody and Friends 
  • Judy Moody and Friends: Rocky Zang in the Amazing Mr. Magic (2014)
  • Judy Moody and Friends: Jessica Finch in Pig Trouble (2014)
  • Judy Moody and Friends: Amy Namey in Ace Reporter (2014)
  • Judy Moody and Friends: Frank Pearl in the Awful Waffle Kerfuffle (2014)
  • Judy Moody and Friends: Stink Moody in Master of Disaster (2015)
  • Judy Moody and Friends: Triple Pet Trouble (September 8, 2015)

There is also a live-action movie Judy Moody and the Not-Bummer Summer that was released June 10th, 2011.


This series provides examples of:

  • Art Evolution: Compare the illustrations in the first book to the latest book.
    • Also, Judy was blonde originally. Then around 2006, she became a redhead.
  • Art Shift: The Stink spin-off books' illustrations are done using computer tools, while the Judy books are illustrated by hand.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Stink.
  • Brick Joke: Judy lets her brother's pet toad free into the wild while attempting to 'save the world' in the third book. This is resolved in the fourth book.
  • Butt Monkey: Stink.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Amy Namey was introduced in Around the World in 8 1/2 Days and was set up to be a new major character in the books. After a brief appearance in Goes to College she wasn't heard from again until she starred in the Judy Moody and Friends picture book Amy Namey in Ace Reporter.
  • Comic-Book Time: A few people consider this an aversion, since all the books could easily take place in one year. However, the Christmas Special book The Holly Joliday takes place in the series' regular time. Girl Detective is stated as taking place the October after that book, however, Judy and the other characters are still in the same grades and the same ages. Therefore, Judy and the other characters are Not Allowed to Grow Up.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Judy.
  • Dr. Jerk: Judy fits this trope well, because she's a Jerkass and she wants to be a doctor.
  • Green Aesop: Stink and the Freaky Frog Freakout has a lesson about how problems with the environment are causing depletion of frog species and mutations in frogs, including missing or extra legs and odd or missing coloring (albinism.)
  • Halfway Plot Switch: A few books use this. Most notably is Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid which goes through two plots before settling on the main one.
  • Idiot Hair: Judy.
  • It Was a Dark and Stormy Night: The opening lines of Girl Detective. Also, in Mood Martian, after Judy writes a story that begins with this and only gets worse from there, it convinces her that writing isn't the thing to do to improve her mood.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite how Judy bullies Stink a lot, she often helps him out, most notably in Declares Independence where she chases Stink halfway across town after he fell asleep and got left behind on the school bus.
  • Karma Houdini: Judy gets a few of these. Most notably in one scene where she tricks Stink into eating pickle-flavored gum. Her father is nearby and makes no attempt to even scold Judy. Even lampshaded by Stink in that scene.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Stink's real name is James, but it's very rarely mentioned.
  • Pluto Is Expendable: In Stink: Solar System Superhero, Stink fails a test about the planets when Judy teaches him the "My Very Educated Mother Just Ate Nine Pizzas" mnemonic to help him remember the name of the planets, blissfully unaware that Pluto has been reclassified. Despite getting all of the other planets right, he gets a big red X on his paper. The, he and a classmate start developing new mnemonics, like "My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nothing."
  • The Quiet Game: At the end of Judy Moody & Stink: The Big Bad Blackout, there is a list of fun things to do during a big, bad blackout. This is actually #7.
    7. Play the Quiet Game. See who can last the longest without a peep, squeak or giggle.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: While not a literal example, students in Judy Moody's class who act up or act out get sent to "Antarctica," which is a desk in the back of the classroom and nobody wants to be sent to Antarctica. Judy, being as moody as her name, spends a fair amount of time there.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: In Mood Martian, after Judy starts combing her hair properly, putting it in pigtails and generally never acting as if she's in a bad mood, Stink tells her that he wants his sister back and her friends become convinced she's been replaced by alien.
  • Why Don't You Marry It?: In Stink and the Freaky Frog Freakout, when Stink becomes "freaky for frogs," his friend Riley suggests "You should marry a frog, you like them so much."

The film provides examples of: