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Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Practicing the Piano: But She Does Love Being in Recitals (Moxy Maxwell #3)

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  169 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
Here's the third book in the hilarious Moxy Maxwell series, which includes Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little and Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank-you Notes.

Moxy’s back, and ready (kind of, sort of) for her big piano recital! In this hilarious third installment about everyone’s favorite ’tween procrastinator, Moxy Maxwell is set to make her Piano Debut, pla
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published August 11th 2009 by Schwartz & Wade (first published January 1st 2009)
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Nov 06, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Not my favorite of Moxy’s, but I still smiled all the way through. And I definitely understood a flamboyant Moxy who could find time to make fake ermine trim for a cloak to wear to her recital, even if she couldn’t seem to find time to practice her piece. This book experimented with non-traditional text features that appear in books like The Sisters Club and also with direct addresses to the reader that felt Kate DiCamillo-ish.
As a teacher, I love this book for multiple reasons. Reading out of order, this is the first Moxy Maxwell book that I have read. As an adult, I finished it in no time at all on an airplane flight, and I could not resist laughing aloud. Moxy is a believable character with whom I think my students, at least the girls, will relate. (Two supporting characters, Moxy's twin and her best friend are boys.)The series does NOT have to be read in order to be fully comprehensible. This book is sure to be a ...more
Oct 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
In Which Moxy does it again.
Moxy does it again. While it doesn't quite match Stuart Little or Thank You Notes (I only startled my roommate by laughing aloud twelve or thirteen times in this one), the Maxwells are back in full force--with reinforcements from Moxy's aunt Susan Standish and Moxy's piano teacher Ms. Killinger.

One thing I love is that Moxy no longer has the corner on ridiculousness. The rest of the family (and the piano teacher) have definite personalities in this episode, and each
Apr 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Moxy Maxwell is excited about her upcoming recital with her sister Pansy. They are performing Heart and Soul. She has her grandmother sewing a regal costume, her mom is making 150 marshmallow cupcakes (even when she just got back from Africa the night before), and her brother is busy taking pictures of every step in process...just one thing is missing. She is forgetting to practice her piece.

As the big moment approaches, Moxie's stomach goes 'purple'. Could it possibly be stage fright? No way!
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Moxy Maxwell is an assertive, high-spirited girl who wants what she wants. In other words, a brat, but a loveable brat. With attitude and Moxy-isms, she tells how she gets through her practicing, her crown, and her piano recital and wins over the teacher (even with a pounding problem).

It took too many pages to get to the plot, but that may be appealing to some readers who love to look-at-how-many-pages-I've-read. Also I did not love Moxy. She irritates everyone she knows, and seems to lack the q
Abby Johnson
Sep 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Moxy Maxwell is at it again! In this installment, she's preparing for her piano recital, but before she can rehearse she has to finish her cape, drink a green grass power shake, and do many other things. My favorite of the Moxy Maxwells so far is the second one because it went a little bit deeper into Moxy's feelings about her family. Unfortunately, this volume did not continue along that vein, but it was still an enjoyable story. I'd recommend Moxy to fans of Clementine, Judy Moody, and others ...more
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Marcia by: MCBA
I read several reviews of this series that were glowing--starred, even. It is on the MCBA list, and although I haven't read the first two, I dove in. Moxy Maxwell is not a character I cared for at all. She is a bit demanding, strong willed and self-centered. She wants to be the center of attention, but is much more interested in her costume for the recital than practicing. She doesn't put in the work, but wants the glory. The supporting characters were weak, and the chapter titles cloying. Bluck ...more
Dec 30, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 8-12
Shelves: juv-fiction
3rd in the Moxy series, Moxy and her sister, Pansy, are busy preparing for the piano duet of "Heart and Soul" for their recital at the Palace Theater. Of course with preparation for Moxy means dress rehearsal complete with a crown and making a fake ermine trim for her cape. Will this procrastinator be able to pull off her first piano debut in time?

Not one of my favorites in the series, but still a light and funny read.
Oct 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
We read this book out loud also, but it's a lot slower going when we aren't all together all the time like our driving to Florida adventure, so it was read more slowly. Still a good, funny book, but #2 was our fav.
Moxy and her sister are going to play a duet for their piano recital and of course -- more kid drama ensues to make for a good funny read.
Feb 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, 2010
I do love Moxy. In this installment Moxy is getting ready for her big piano playing debut (but she must share it with her younger sister). While I enjoyed the other two Moxy books this one is still a great book for fans of Junie B. Jones, Ramona, and Judy Moody. Moxy will always be my favorite tween procrastinator.
Oh, Moxy. This seems like a great book for reluctant girl readers, as the chapters are very short and there's lots of repetition. Moxy is funny and quirky. I listened to this one, which meant the repeat of most chapter headings as the first sentence in the chapter grated on my nerves after a while. Though I wouldn't read another one, I'll definitely recommend them to kids.
Tamara the Librarian
I was surprised how much I enjoyed listening to this book. It is hard to find books written for younger readers that tell a coherent story that is entertaining for adults as well. So much better than Junie B and I would say Judy Moody too. Want to read other Moxy Maxwell books.
Oct 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Oh, I love Moxy. She makes me laugh. And I love the style that Gifford gives the book. Totally fabulous.
Skylar Pemberton
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is so funny! Most of the chapter names are the same words that are in the chapter.
This book is cute--the first I've read from the Moxy Maxwell series. However, it's not the best book to read out loud. I think my 8-year-old might have enjoyed it more if she'd read it to herself.
Jul 21, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought this might be a good book for Grace, but it was too much like Junie B. Jones. Obnoxious. I wouldn't recommend it to Grace.
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile, realistic
Very cute. Moxy, like many little girl is much more taken with the outfit, bows and other aspects of performing than she is with practicing for the recital.
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mcba-12-13
Danika Tyminski Does Not Love Moxy Maxwell...
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Love this series!
This book got very good reviews and other people seem to like the character of Moxy Maxwell, but I found her to be irritating and did not care for the story at all.
Jul 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
eight and up. A funny story about a little diva and her struggle to shine at her piano recital. The book includes fun photo like pictures that go along with the story.
Katie Fitzgerald
No review.
Mary Anne
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I like Moxy Maxwell! She is a little bit Ramona and a little bit Junie B.
Oct 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, 2009
These children's books are kind of gimicky, but they crack me up.
Sep 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jfic
Not as funny as the first two but still really good. It's an easy, fast read.
Beth/Sr. Elizabeth
Nov 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
So funny although if I had to teach Moxy, I would probably go crazy! Also love the photo illustrations. Great series!
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Cute, adorable, and hilarious. The short chapters will give readers a great sense of accomplishment and they'll definitely keep turning the page because of the funny story.
Dec 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
More laughs thanks to Moxy!
Feb 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-kids
It was fun. I preferred Clementine. The kids enjoyed it. Some of the chapter titles were longer than the chapters, of which there were 86.
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