Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little

January 5, 2009

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little is a cute story.  The nine-year-old main character has to read Stuart Little before the first day of school – the next day.  She’s carried it around with her all summer “in case of in-between” and although she loves to read, “Moxy liked to read what she wanted to read and not what someone told her to read.”  I don’t know anyone who can’t relate.  In her attempt to put off reading Stuart Little, Moxy gets sidetracked deliberately or unintentionally and ends up getting herself in trouble.

This 2007 book by Peggy Gifford is a very quick read.  That’s partly due to the extremely brief chapters – 42 chapters in only 92 pages.  Gifford clearly displays her fun writing style in each chapter title…”Chapter 5 In Which the Word ‘Consequences’ First Appears,” “Chapter 18 In Which Moxy Has the Most Brilliant Idea of Her Life,” “Chapter 34 In Which the Screen Door Slams and Dum…da dum-dum…”

I loved finding out what Moxy was going to do next.  While reading, two things came to mind that reminded me of Moxy.
1 — the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (and sequels)
2 — the comic strip The Family Circus where son Billy went everywhere else before going home

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little is also illustrated with photographs by Valorie Fisher, which add a unique flavor.  I will definitely be reading Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank-You Notes to see what other kind of distractions Moxy finds.