Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank-you Notes by Peggy Gifford is the second book starring Moxy Maxwell. The first is titled Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stewart Little-that title grabbed me right away because I knew so many students over the many years Stewart Little have been required to read it. It also hits the topic of assigned summer reading that was such a buzz on blogs earlier this summer (see summer reading rant, The Reading Zone, Jen Robinson’s Book Page, and the Reading Tub blog
There are a lot of things Moxy does not love, but I do love her and I think a lot of kids will as well! I think the chapter titles are fabulous and I love how some chapters are as short as a sentence or as long as several pages. I also really like the photograph illustrations “taken” by Moxy’s brother Mark.
Moxy has been given the task of finishing her holiday thank you notes by the day after Christmas, based on a promise she made to her mother the previous Easter (which is when she finished the previous year’s thank you notes!). Moxy desperately wants to not write the thank you notes and is very creative in her attempts to escape doing them. Moxy is not only desperate, but also very creative in the attempts. She wants to be able to go exchange her dress for an upcoming visit to her father in California (who has not seen her in 3 years while he has been busy becoming a “Big Mover and Shaker Out in Hollywood”). The issue of divorce and step-parents is adeptly addressed in a way that doesn’t minimize, but also allows readers to stay focused on the current issue facing Moxy-Not Writing Thank-You Notes.
Of course Moxy does learn the errors of her ways, but you sympathizes with her every step of the way.
This would be a great read-aloud or also a great hook for a reluctant intermediate aged reader.