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

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  1,364 Ratings  ·  193 Reviews
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
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!
Oct 06, 2016 Ginger rated it really liked it
Cute and funny, very quick read, reminded me of Clementine.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Apr 05, 2008 Lora rated it liked it
Recommends it for: children
Shelves: children-s-lit
This book was a very quick read. It was funny and cute. I was a bit frustrated that the book ended so quickly. It covers the span of a day and we barely get to know any of the characters except for Moxy. However, I think this is the beginning of a series of books focusing on Moxy so the audience will get to learn more about her world the more books they read. I liked that instead of illustrations, photographs were included. It really added to the plot and story being that Moxy's twin brother Mar ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I loved this character despite her frustrating habit of procrastinating and getting sidetracked. Her mother's patience amazed me. Moxy has had all summer to read Sutart Little, on which she will be quizzed tomorrow, the first day of school. Has she even started the book? No. But she's thought about starting it--a lot. Will she actually get it read by the end of the day? Read and find out! This story was enhanced by humorous black and white photos supposedly taken by Moxy's twin brother Mark, who ...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
Amy Brown
Dec 14, 2007 Amy Brown rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: procrastination, short books, humor
Shelves: k-3rdgrade
So it's the last day of summer vacation and Moxy was supposed to read Stuart Little for the first day of school. The thing is, though, Moxy loves to read but she doesn't love to read books that people make her read. She comes up with all kinds of excuses why she hasn't been able to read the book like she needs to train her dog Mudd and she has to clean her room. This is a cute story with very short chapters, wonderfully descriptive chapter names, and photographs that illustrate the action or non ...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
Abby Johnson
Dec 22, 2014 Abby Johnson rated it really liked it
It's the day before the start of fourth grade and Moxy Maxwell has been putting off reading her assigned book, Stuart Little. She's got one day to do it... but other things keep coming up that are much more interesting. Find out the lengths this young lady will go to to avoid doing her homework.

An easy chapter book, perfect for reluctant readers with super short chapters (42 chapters in a 92 page book!) and photo illustrations. I thought the illustrations were really neat because I'd never reall
Sep 14, 2010 Kristin rated it liked it
Shelves: j-fiction
Kirkus Starred Review.

No stranger to procrastination, Moxy approaches her summer reading project with nothing short of complete neglect. Finding a myriad of excuses and getting into one disaster after another, Moxy expends twice the amount of energy avoiding reading as it would have taken to simply do her assignment. But her story is well-written and thoroughly documented with "photographs," engaging each young reader in the idea that s/he is not alone in wanting to skip summer reading.

Perfect f
Jul 02, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
It is the last day of summer and Moxy Maxwell has not done her summer reading. She tried, really she did. In fact, she carried the book with her everywhere over the summer. However, there was simply no good time to read it.

Moxy's mother has put her foot down. Moxy will not be able to participate in her final synchronized swimming performance until she has read the book. What is a girl to do?

This funny account of what a girl will do to not have to complete her required reading is something that
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