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Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little

(Moxy Maxwell #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  1,526 ratings  ·  201 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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Aug 14, 2007 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 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!
Aug 23, 2007 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!
Jun 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, fiction, 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
Jan 30, 2012 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.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't as if Moxy hadn't tried to do her summer reading. She and Stuart Little had been inseparable all summer, like best friends. If Stuart Little wasn't in her backpack, it was in her lap . . . or holding up the coffee table . . . or getting splashed when Moxy went swimming. But now it's 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."

It may look like Moxy is doing nothing, but actually she is ver
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was okay book. The chapters aren't long, they are short. I thought the book was hilarious in some ways. I like the story of Moxy because she found different ways to avoid reading Staurt Little over the summer which was funny. My favorite was about the peach and how she though of planting a peach orchard. That was funny.
Helen Liang
Feb 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is so fun. Very short chapters help the pace to fly by, and the escalation of disaster is quite funny.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it

Funny, nothing objectionable—good family or class read-aloud. Great vocabulary.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
i give it 3 stars
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Full disclosure- I read the first 20 pages or so, skimmed through and then read the last chapter. I can see kids liking this book.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Easy read, precocious tricky character, 3rd person omnicient pov, back to school

Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reminds me of Junie B. Jones without the annoying vocabulary. I love the way distraction is shown, I have had many students like this.
Enter Name
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
I hated this book and I barely have anything good to say about it. I liked it just because at least it's based on a true story. The bad stuff about it is that it's EXTREMELY BORING and almost no interesting story. The main plot is a girl in the summer who has to read Stuart Little and hates it, but she loves swimming. I do not recommend this book to anyone who doesn't want to be very bored.
Mar 06, 2008 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 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 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
Jul 30, 2010 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 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 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 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 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
Sep 23, 2008 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 16, 2008 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 10, 2010 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
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