Chapter Books – Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Practicing the Piano

Moxy Maxwell is thrilled to be a part of piano recital. She and her sister Pansy have been practicing their bows all week long. Meanwhile her brother Mark has been practicing actually playing the piano. But Moxy’s talents are wasted on practicing when she could be making fake ermine trim for her cape, or other important aspects to be in a recital.

Although the first book in this series remains the funniest, this is another extremely humorous work. Moxy as a distracted and distractable little girl who knows exactly what she wants out of life (lots of attention) is hilarious. I do think she acts younger than 10 (especially since she is in the third grade) but that’s a minor quibble.

I can see many of the events in this book happening to a rambunctious child. It’s not that Moxy tries to be bad (and unlike the previous book, where Moxy engages in behavior she was specifically told not to do, this book features only things that she did not perceive as being any trouble at the time.) It’s just that trouble happens to her. Despite – or maybe because of? – her somewhat self-centered attitude towards life, Moxy is a very likable character, and one that many children will be able to relate to on one level or another.

The very short chapters and quick pace of the story will appeal to reluctant readers, and there are enough asides and in-jokes from the author that more advanced readers and adults will also be amused.

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