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Judy gets a taste of her own medicine in a hilarious new episode sure to tickle your humerus (aka funny bone) and put you in a very Judy Moody mood! She took her own temperature. With the fancy thermometer that beeped. It was not normal. It was not 98.6. Judy's temperature was 188.8! Judy's temperature was 00.0! Judy's temperature was beep-beep-beep-beep-beep. She, Judy Moody, had the temperature of an outer-space alien! Judy Moody has a mood for every occasion, and now, she, Judy Moody, is in a medical mood! It's no secret that Judy wants to be like Elizabeth Blackwell, first woman doctor, when she grows up. So when Class 3T starts to study the Amazing Human Body, Judy can hardly wait to begin her better-than-best-ever third-grade projects: show-and-tell with something way rarer than a scab, a real-live ooey-gooey operation, and a cloning experiment that may create double trouble for Judy and her friends. RARE!
Megan McDonald is the creator of the popular and award-winning Judy Moody and Stink series. She is also the author of two Sisters Club stories and many other books for children. She lives in Sebastopol, California.
Peter H. Reynolds is the illustrator of the Judy Moody and Stink books and the author-illustrator of THE DOT, ISH, SO FEW OF ME, THE NORTH STAR, and ROSE'S GARDEN. He lives in Dedham, Massachusetts.
PLIP! Judy Moody woke up. Drip, drip, drip went rain on the roof. Blip, blip, blip went drops on the window. Not again! It had been raining for seven days straight.
She, Judy Moody, was sick and tired of rain.
Judy put her head under the pillow. If only she was sick. Being sick was the greatest. You got to stay home and drink pop for breakfast and eat toast cut in special strips and watch TV in your room. You got to read Cherry Ames, Student Nurse, mysteries all day. And you got to eat yummy cherry cough drops. Hey! Maybe Cherry Ames was named after a cough drop!
Judy took out her mom’s old Cherry Ames book and popped a cough drop in her mouth anyway.
"Get up, Lazybones!" said Stink, knocking on her door.
"Can’t," said Judy. "Too much rain."
"Never mind. Just go to school without me."
"Mom, Judy’s skipping school!" Stink yelled.
Mom came into Judy’s room. "Judy, honey. What’s wrong?"
"I’m sick. Of rain," she whispered to Mouse.
"Sick? What’s wrong? What hurts?" asked Mom.
"My head, for one thing. From all that noisy rain."
"You have a headache?"
"Yes. And a sore throat. And a fever. And a stiff neck."
"That’s from sleeping with the dictionary under your pillow," said Stink. "To ace your spelling test."
"See, look. My tongue’s all red." Judy stuck out her Cherry-Ames-cough-drop tongue at Stink.
Mom felt Judy’s head. "You don’t seem to have a fever."
"Faker," said Stink.
"Come back in five minutes," said Judy. "I’ll have a fever by then."
"Faker, faker, faker," said Stink.
If only she had measles. Or chicken pox. Or . . . MUMPS! Mumps gave you a headache. Mumps gave you a stiff neck and a sore throat. Mumps made your cheeks stick out like Humpty Dumpty. Judy pushed the cough drop into her cheek and made it stick out, Humpty-Dumpty style.
"Mumps!" said Dr. Judy. "I think I have the mumps! For real!"
"Mumps!" said Stink. "No way. You got a shot for that. A no-mumps shot. We both did. Didn’t we, Mom?"
"Yes," said Mom. "Stink’s right."
"Maybe one mump got through."
"Sounds like somebody doesn’t want to go to school today," said Mom.
"Can I? Can I stay home, Mom? I promise I’ll be sick. All day."
"Let’s take your temperature," said Mom. She took the thermometer out of the case.
"Cat hair?" said Mom. "Is this cat hair on the thermometer?"
"She’s always making Mouse stick out her tongue and taking the cat’s temperature," said Stink.
Mom shook her head and went to wash off the thermometer. When she came back, she took Judy’s temperature. "It’s 98.6," said Mom. "Normal!"
"Faker, fakey, not-sick, big fat faker," said Stink.
"At least my temperature’s normal," said Judy. "Even if my brother isn’t."
"Better get dressed," said Mom. "Don’t want to be late."
"Stink? You’re a rat fink. Stink Rat-Fink Moody. That’s what I’ll call you from now on."
"Well, you’ll have to call me it at school ’cause you don’t get to stay home."
Judy stuck out her cherry-red, no-mumps tongue at Stink.
She was down in the dumps. She had a bad case of the grumps. The no-mumps Moody Monday blues. She, Judy Moody, felt like Mumpty Dumpty! Mump
Excerpted from Judy Moody, M. D. (Book #5) by Megan McDonald All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.