It's interesting - this is the first of the two cross-over books that is equally a Judy and Stink Moody book. It is awesome! Usually, in the other two series, the rivalry is a little more antagonistic. Yes Stink and Judy are brother and sister, and push come to shove they will support each other, but always with a little teasing and poking fun. In this adventure, they team up and are working together to solve the clues to find the Pirate Treasure to win a Gold doubloon by collecting sixteen pieces of eight. Their main competition is two other kids they saw on the ferry, Tall Boy and Smart Girl. The chapters are:
Mad Molly and Scurvy Stink
Tall, White, Shiny Bright
Winkin, Blinkin, and Secret Codes
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Sign of the Pirate
Hours and Glasses
Crabby, Crabbier, Crabbiest
Going for the Gold
This book was a wonderful read. It was great fun watching the Moodys working together and race around the island gathering clues, solving puzzles and enjoying a vacation. The story is wonderfully written; it is the first book with color illustrations and it has a very different look and feel because of that - something that sets it apart from the separate series of Stink Moody books or Judy Moody books. It makes these ones different and makes them something special. Another great read by McDonald and Reynolds.