“Moxy Maxwell loves, loves, loves, to read ONLY if she picks out what she is reading! Moxy would spend hours up at night finishing a book, she had no trouble reading at all until it came to Stuart Little. She did not want to read about that mouse. No way, no how. Moxy brought the book with her everywhere all summer long, if it wasn’t in her bag, it was in the car, or on her lap, or close by “just in case of in-between” you know, that time in-between other activities that would be perfect for reading. Except, for Moxy there is no in-between time. At breakfast, she wants to know what is for lunch, in the middle of a sentence; she starts another one, at the start of one activity she finds the room to start another five before she even realizes the first one is unfinished. Moxy has the best intentions in the world, like burying her peach pits in the back yard to grown a peach orchard that will ultimately fund her college educations. Or, training Mudd, solving world hunger, or inventing the world’s first hammock that stops moving when you want to get out –and she has all of these ideas during the three hours her mother left her with the direction, “You better finish Stuart Little or else there will be consequences…”
Moxy wanted to listen to her mother, she really did and by the time her mother was on her way home, Moxy finally tried to start reading, except she couldn’t find the book! Will she ever finish before the first day of fourth grade… tomorrow!!??
This is an incredibly quick read and enjoyable. Readers will laugh out loud at the way Moxy’s brain works. She is go-go-go and just can’t sit still. She is endearing and funny. Readers will learn what happens when you procrastinate until the last moment for schoolwork and make tough decisions when you have responsibilities that extend far beyond just you.
*The chapter titles tell the reader exactly what the chapter is going to be about – actually you could read the chapter titles and not even need to read anything else and you’d know what was going on. It would be fun for students to rename the chapters without giving so much away.
*Moxy includes photographs throughout her story to showcase important aspects of her day. This would be a great photo-journal project for students as the story takes place over a few hours, students can write about his or her day and add photos to help tell the story.