Saturday, October 24, 2009

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Practicing the Piano (MG)

Gifford, Peggy. 2009. Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Practicing the Piano (but she does love being in recitals). Random House. 177 pages.

It was just after 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, and Moxy Maxwell was still in bed.

Moxy Maxwell is back in her third adventure. (The first book was Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little. The second book was Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank-You Notes.) And she's just as prone to trouble as she ever was. (Much like Ramona Quimby, by the way!) The book follows just one day in Moxy's life, but it's a big day. A long-awaited day. The day of Moxy's recital. She and her little sister are preparing to play Heart and Soul for the recital. (Her twin brother Mark is also part of the recital. Not that Moxy pays all that much attention to his part in it!) But there are a few problems leading up to the recital. For one, Moxy isn't happy about how short the song is. She wants it to be six minutes long. And second, she's taken some liberties with it: she's added symbolic pounding to 'be' the heart of the piece. How will this day turn out?

Moxy is Moxy like always. And if you're a fan, you're going to want to read this one too. It's funny. Moxy is just what readers need now and then for a quick and easy smile.

Other reviews: A Patchwork of Books, Kids Lit, Booking Mama.

© Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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