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Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little (Moxy Maxwell #1)

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It wasn't as if Moxy Maxwell hadn't tried to do her summer reading. She and Stuart Little had been inseparable all summer, like best friends. But now its the end of August--the day before fourth grade. And if Moxy doesn't read all of Stuart Little immediately, there are going to be consequences. Illustrations.
Hardcover, 92 pages
Published December 1st 2008 by Schwartz & Wade Books (first published May 8th 2007)
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Feb 07, 2011 Jen rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids
This first novel for kids was a little disappointing; I was eager to read it because my mate's dad's name is Stuart Little and I thought it might be a good gift.

Basically, Moxy is a little girl with moxie who keeps putting off her summer reading assignment and does quirky things. I think the author underestimates the reading capabilities of her audience...some chapters were a sentence or two long, or a paragraph or two, and it was trying a little hard to be "cute," especially with a fourth grade
Aug 01, 2007 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrensbooks
This book needs to be read for the chapter titles alone -- the titles and the text had me in stitches! And the photographs that document the storyline are hysterical! I will definitely be reading this aloud to my 5th graders, or, because of all the visuals, let a group do a Book Club conversation on it. A friend told me to look for more Moxy Maxwell books -- I look forward to that!
Jul 18, 2011 Luann rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, childrens, 2011
This wasn't a top favorite like I had hoped. How could I not love a book centered around one of my childhood favorites, Stuart Little? Yet while I didn't love it as much as I wanted to, there were some parts that I found amusing and endearing. My library classes enjoyed it quite a lot - even many of the boys. They thought the short chapters were fun and particularly loved chapter seven, which is just one word long. :) Reading this also inspired quite a few of my students to read Stuart Little. S ...more
Reva Baer
Kids Will Not Love Moxy Maxwell.
I, a well-read adult parent of preteen and younger children, did enjoy the first two (haven't read the third yet). They were very funny, from my perspective and with my reading background. The first was very amusing, the second less so but kind of touching. But -- and this is a big but for books ostensibly aimed at children -- this series is the kind of literary-magazine favorite that is not actually written to entertain children but to entertain their parents. MO
Sep 23, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it
Moxy caries the book Stuart Little around with her all summer, but never manages to open the book and read it. Moxy is very creative with her excuses and her excess thinking and planning to read Stuart Little often stop her from doing just that. The audio was fun-short. And Moxy is a fun cute character that can rival Junie B. Jones or Allie Finkle any day.
Aug 23, 2007 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Have you ever had a book you dreaded reading and you avoided it at all possible costs? Well, you won't want to put this fun and simply written book down! The pictures and story are great! True life as a nine year old girl! Loved it!
Dec 25, 2015 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This quick read is about 9 year old Moxy Maxwell, who hasn't read her assigned summer reading by the day before school starts. The book details all of her escapades as she repeatedly gets distracted from completing her assignment.

I loved the characters, especially Moxy and her mother, and I love how Moxy drags everybody else into it as well. I also really liked how the chapter titles flowed as a part of the narrative.

Not particularly my favorite kind of reading, but then I'm not a 9-year-old eit
May 05, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing
LPLD Booktalk 3rd realistic fiction
Who here loves to read? Do you like to pick out your own books – kind of like today, where Sharon and I will tell you about some great books, and you will choose your own?
Who loves to read when people tell them they have to read something? When people tell you you have to read something that you don’t want to read?
Welcome to Moxy Maxwell’s world. She starts fourth grade soon – as in, tomorrow – and Moxy was supposed to read Stuart Little over the summer.
Aug 29, 2012 KWinks rated it liked it
I am on the hunt for titles to recommend to developing readers. The good: a child admits they hate their summer reading book, and that being forced to read can actually have an effect on a child who loves to read otherwise. I enjoyed that there were to be consequences if Moxy did not finish the book (they were to be tested at school, she could not attend the after party at a swim demonstration).
The bad: I thought Moxy had a little too much "moxy" and it made her unlikeable to me. I also had a ve
Alyssa Mongelli
Feb 23, 2010 Alyssa Mongelli rated it liked it
Moxy Maxwell is a book that can easily be integrated towards the beginning of the school year for 5th to 6th graders. Because the book circulates around the idea of summer, procrastination, and summer reading, elementary students can quickly relate to this book from common experience and background knowledge of having to particapate in the same assignment- Summer Reading. Most students would much rather participate in the intriguing, imaginative chain of events that Moxy Maxwell stirs up. The co ...more
Nicole Boyd
Feb 16, 2010 Nicole Boyd rated it really liked it
Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little written by Peggy Gifford, illustrated by Valerie Fisher and published by Schwartz and Wade in 2007 tells the story of 9 year old Moxy Maxwell and her plans for summer. All summer long Moxy has put off reading the book Stuart Little so that she can do other things. This eventually backfires on Moxy, when her mother refuses to let her perform her synchronized swimming routine with her friends, unless she finishes the book. Disaster inevitably ensues as Moxy ...more
Mar 25, 2008 Lucy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Clementine fans
Okay, let's start with the title. Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little. But I love Moxy Maxwell. And I dare you to read this book and not love Moxy too.

Second, have you seen that cover? It makes me laugh every time I look at it--Moxy's face, her scrunched up lip, the goggles and swim cap--and the poor, battered, upside-down copy of Stuart Little. This is a gorgeous, fun package of a book.

Okay, now the plot. Moxy Maxwell was supposed to read Stuart Little over the summer. She is going to have
Medford Children's Library
Sep 27, 2007 Medford Children's Library rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: comedies
It's not that Moxy hates to read. She just hates summer reading! She wants to read what she wants. This book takes place on August 23rd, the day before 4th grade starts. Moxy has still not read Stuart Little. Her mother has forbidden her to go to her synchronized swimming show tonight (which she has been practicing all summer for!) unless she finishes reading. Unfortunately, Moxy spends most of the day thinking up plans to keep her from reading which ends in disaster. Her brother Mark is there t ...more
Allison Webster
Dec 10, 2012 Allison Webster rated it really liked it
1. This book belongs in the genre of junior contemporary realism.

2. Moxy is busy. She has many things to do over the summer and not enough time to read a book about a silly mouse. Moxy uses the whole summer procrastinating her reading assignment, but when she finally gets around to reading it, she loves it!

3. The area for critique is content. the content in this book is easy reading for young readers. Because of the content and the easy reading level this is a great book for the beginning of th
Narrated by Clea Lewis. Does Moxy have ADHD? I'd say so because she gets supremely distracted from her assigned summer reading of "Stuart Little" which she's been putting off all summer. Her plan to read during the time-between-activities never gets off the ground because she always comes up with another activity for in-between. Bouncing slapstick comedy read in a girlish, idealistic tone (Moxy is always confident about her elaborate plans) by Clea Lewis.
I listened to this and the next book (Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank You Notes). The reader was mostly good, though I started to get a bit annoyed with Moxy. Just a little too cute, or trying to hard? Or was it the sweetness of the reader's voice? I'm not sure. Maybe it was listening to both in row. I was a little frustrated with the mom -- seemed like she could have tried reading the book aloud, finding the audio, watching the movie then reading the book. But this is my own hang-up; I ...more
Maggie Wiggins
The method of storytelling in this novel--apparently candid snapshots of Moxy's inspiration, getting into trouble--is creative. The story itself is not. Moxy is fiercely independent, sassy, and crafty. She tries to avoid reading a homework assignment. I wonder why the author insisted on hating on Stuart Little, though. Seems to me, she's creating a legion of readers who will be reluctant to try Stuart Little now. Her spunkiness is cute but unoriginal. She's the type of character who borders on b ...more
Jun 04, 2010 Relyn rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: nobody
Recommended to Relyn by: Family Fun magazine
Shelves: audiobooks

I thought I was going to love this book. It started out great with an old fashioned feel and a quite precocious heroine. It had me longing to reread Jeanne Birdsall's stories. But...

Before I was half way through the book, it was getting a bit old. The chapter headings called "in which..." were too frequent and the gags weren't funny any more. Moxy was just plain annoying. I found myself wondering why everyone put up with her bossiness and laziness. I was distracted by her mother's indec
Mark Baker
Mar 20, 2014 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, 2009
Moxy has one more day to read Stuart Little, her summer homework assignment, before 4th grade starts. Will she actually get it done, or will she finds ways to put it off again? As a procrastinator at heart, I found this book way too true and very funny.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
May 20, 2008 Natalie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: procrastinators
When I was in elementary school my mom wouldn't let me read the Ramona Quimby books because she thought I would take a fancy to Ramona's mischief and act out some of the stunts she pulls. Mom was specially wary of the one where RQ gets a hold of a basket of apples and takes a bite out of each one then puts them back.

I thought my mom was "overreacting" just like when she confiscated my NWA tape in the 6th grade. But after reading "Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little", I can kind of see her
Lauren Hatfield
Moxy Maxwell is the definition of a procrastinator. She was supposed to read Stuart Little over the summer for school, but it is still unread on the last day of vacation. Moxy's mother is well aware of this procrastination and tells Moxy she won't be allowed to play in the water ballet if she hasn't finished the book. Moxy keeps trying to read the book but things keep getting in the way. Moxy has to clean her room, train the dog, invent a hammock that automatically stops swinging on command, and ...more
Oct 19, 2008 george rated it liked it
Moxy Maxwell loves to read, but she does not love to read Stuart Little. She's had all summer to read the book that her teacher assigned for summer reading, but Moxy hates being told what to read (or do, for that matter). So while she takes the book everywhere she goes, she never quite gets around to reading it and all of a sudden it's the last day of summer. Her mother can only think about Stuart Little, but Moxy can think of many other ways to occupy her time--and she does.

I liked it and I di
Aug 24, 2007 Staci rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone - especially those w/elementary age kids
This a very funny book about a 9-year-old girl who likes to read - except when someone tells her what to read. She is assigned the task of reading Stuart Little over the summer. This story takes place on the last day before school is to start and is a wonderfully unique and fun story. It is written as if it really happened complete with photographs. My 8-year-old boy/girl twins loved it!! It made it even funnier for them since Moxy has a twin brother and a step-father named Jackson (which is my ...more
Sarah Adamson
Jul 09, 2015 Sarah Adamson rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, children-s
This is a quite fun book for children starting on chapter books. It is part autobiographical with photos from the author's own childhood summer, struggling to read the official summer reading book - Stuart Little. Lots of misadventures and distractions prevent her reading it (despite loving books) until the last moment!!
Lisa Mcbroom
Jul 26, 2016 Lisa Mcbroom rated it really liked it
Boy do I identify with Moxie! I love to read just not required reading!! At the moment I am in a book club which is reading the God Awful Nightingale and I am reading everything else besides it. Moxie is a little girl that is supposed to read Stuart Little during the summer but alas so many distractions....
Jan 12, 2010 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excuses, excuses, excuses is all Moxy Maxwell comes up with when its the day before school starts after summer vacation and she has not begun to read her assigned book, Stuart Little. Well, there's the peach orchard she has to start, the room she has to clean, the friends she has to play with, the daisy swimming-team she has to perform with, and of course, all of the other gazillion things she has yet to think up. Not, only does her mother lose her temper when all of these things get in the way, ...more
Jess Wilson
Feb 21, 2010 Jess Wilson rated it liked it
The character Moxy Maxwell is extremely relatable to myself and probably many others who would read this story. Looking back, I procrastinated on my summer reading almost as badly as Ms. Moxy does in Peggy Gifford's delightful tale: Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little. There are humorous photographs throughout the book that are taken from the perspective of Moxy's little brother. These pictures help illustrate what Moxy finds herself doing instead of reading her assigned book. Although she ...more
The first of the Moxy Maxwell series introduces the heroine in a predicament, school begins tomorrow and she hasn't yet read the assigned summer reading book. Many young dormant/reluctant readers will identify with the kind-hearted girl who means well, but just doesn't get things right. I love these books when I think of my students who can handle grade level vocabulary (about 4th grade) but who haven't learned to LOVE reading (yet). The action takes place over the course of just one day, and ma ...more
Nov 03, 2015 Dancer_Sydney rated it it was amazing
This is one of the funniest books I have ever read! It is about a girl named Moxy Maxwell who is a procrastinator. Summer is almost over and she has not even started her summer reading! Will she make it in time? Read to find out.
May 12, 2016 Sally rated it it was ok
Moxy has to read "Stuart Little" for a summer reading assignment. She carries it with her wherever she goes, but she has a million reasons for not having time.

Would think this would be a fun book to pare with "Stuart Little."
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