Have you ever heard of a completionist? The term is common in gaming and nerd cultures, it refers to a person who wants to complete a set, and usually is referring to that one person trying to get a super rare piece. I’m a bit of a completionist, but not the obsessive one. It tends to show up in weird instances, like our book and a movie nights. My kids (when we listened to the books) were in 7th grade, so the 3rd-grade book Judy Moody was way too easy. I convinced them to play along with me by listening to the CDs in our car from the library and then we had our Judy Moody movie night.
Though after how our Judy Moody movie night went, I seriously doubt I’ll be able to convince the kids to help me finish off the last two 3rd grade books (Nim’s Island and Winnie the Pooh).
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Judy Moody synopsis
Now Judy Moody is an entire book series, but there are some commonalities. Judy Moody is an older sister somewhere in elementary school. How old she is really depends on the book. She has a best friend Rocky, and a little brother Stink. She has all the hijinks and adventures you would expect from that age range. Misunderstandings with teachers, terrible (in her mind) treatment from her parents, and grand adventures.
In many ways, it’s a more modern version of the Ramona books, BUT my kids loved reading the Ramona books (and still love them when they pick them back up). They HATED Judy Moody.
We checked the Judy Moody movie out from the library and started watching it, and our disc kept skipping (because library copy and scartches), and then halfway through there was a horrible terrible event involving a sandwich and something you really shouldn’t eat and we all declared we were done watching the movie.
So, my family is not going to tell you to watch Judy Moody. Everyone hated it, but that’s because we didn’t like the Judy Moody books to start off with. The Judy Moody movie is actually a pretty true represntation of the books, it just drove us a bit nuts to watch.
More books made into movies for 3rd graders
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Judy Moody movie night snacks
The meal portion of our Judy Moody movie night (though really it was lunch time) was a simple sandwich. In the books, it talked quite a lot about making sandwiches for lunch and the unfairness of it (and it made me laugh becuase I hear similar from my kids), and grape juice. In particular, spilling the traditional dark grape juice on a shirt and spoiling it.
Now to a few more of our more unique Judy Moody snacks:
- moon rock- because in the book we listened to, Judy Moody found a moon rock. We made a haystack cookie since the moonrock was just a dirt clod and that seemed amusing to us
- manhole- oreos, because Judy Moody and Rocky would meet at the manhole cover between their houses (because she always refers to herself as Judy Moody and I always hear it that way, I can’t just call her Judy, it always ends up Judy Moody, kind of like some of my friends on FB who I always refer to by their full first and last names)
- bandaids- Judy Moody had the weird habit of collecting bandaids, we used small nutter butters because they look like the traditional bandaid color
- Stink- sour patch kids, because Judy Moody thought her brother was sour and stinky
- moody pencils- we used the pirouette cookies for these because she had a special pencil she loved
- gummy worms– because they were mentioned in the book and my kids loved the excuse
- toad club- a bit part of the book we listened to, we used Harry Potter chocolate frogs which I found on sale. Of course now I might have just used the frog cookie cutter from my animal cookie cutters…
- fake blood- Big Red soda because Judy Moody wants to be a doctor when she grows up and she has a doll she could practice on, and this was a fun way to bring that in
I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to finish off the complete set of 3rd grade books made into a movie, we did read Paddington this summer and watched the movie with our cousins, I guess we’ll have to wait and see…