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. Volume XX Number 41. . . .June 20, 2014
Judy Moody and Stink are awoken in the night by a loud thump on their roof. Though Stink is sure that aliens have invaded, Judy thinks that ghosts may be responsible for the creepy sounds that they keep hearing in the dark. Judy and Stink consult mom and dad who explain that a hurricane is approaching. The severe storm takes out the power, shuts down school and results in road closures, but Grandma Lou makes it to the Moody’s house before the storm gets too bad, with three unusual pets in tow. Grandma Lou’s presence and the need to gather around the fireplace for heat and light lead to a day of games and stories for the whole Moody family.
The Big Bad Blackout, the third book pairing Judy and Stink together, describes a scary situation that is marginalized by descriptions of family time and the power of imagination. Rather than focusing on the raging storm and lack of power, Judy and Stink (with help from Grandma Lou) embrace the lack of structured entertainment and enjoy the “free time” that they now have available. Each family member tells a story of another storm, either from memory (in the case of Grandma Lou, Mom and Dad) or from their imagination (in the case of Judy and Stink). The stories within the story provide most of the action in the plot but will keep readers entertained as each character takes a turn.
Kate Hachborn is a library technician at the W. Ross Macdonald School in Brantford, ON.
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