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Junie B., First Grader: Aloha-ha-ha! (Junie B. Jones, No. 26) Paperback – May 8, 2007

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Kindergarten-Grade 2–Readers will happily board the plane with precocious Junie B. as she sets off for Hawaii with her parents. Her school assignment is to complete a photo journal documenting her vacation, but from the start its clear that her adventures are really misadventures. Her first photo captures two grouchpots, one in the seat in front of Junie B., and the other behind. Clearly, neither passenger is pleased with the girls seat kicking, endless chatter, or imaginative games with stuffed elephant Philip Johnny Bob and Barbie doll Delores. In the hotel gift shop, Junie insists on purchasing a parrot swim ring that proves much too small and gets stuck on her body for the entire trip. Later episodes include an unfortunate encounter with eels and jellyfish while snorkeling, and a bird that nests in Junie B.s hair when she adorns herself with exotic flowers. Clever language and outrageous antics make this irrepressible youngster a standout character. Brunkuss delightful black-and-white illustrations are a delight.–Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT
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"Junie B. is the darling of the young-reader set."

From Publisher' Weekly:
"Park convinces beginning readers that Junie B.—and reading—are lots of fun."

From Kirkus Reviews:
"Junie's swarms of young fans will continue to delight in her unique take on the world....A hilarious, first-rate read- aloud."

From Booklist:
"Park, one of the funniest writers around . . . brings her refreshing humor to the beginning chapter-book set."

From Time magazine:
"Junie B. Jones is a feisty six-year-old with an endearing penchant for honesty."

From School Library Journal:
"Readers will relate instantly to the trials and tribulations of this first grader....She is always endearing and wonderfully funny."

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 360L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (May 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375834044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375834042
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I grew up in Mt. Holly, New Jersey. It was a small town surrounded by farmland . . . the kind of town where you greet people by name on Main Street. It was only an hour's drive to the ocean. So every summer we spent family vacations on Long Beach Island. My brother and I would ride the waves during the day and play miniature golf at night. It's the kind of idyllic memory that stays in your head long after you've grown up and moved away.
After graduating from high school and spending two years at Rider University, I transferred to the University of Alabama where I met my husband, Richard. Eventually his job brought him to Arizona. We both fell in love with the desert and wanted to stay here forever. Still, during the heat of the Arizona summers, those ocean memories would come rushing back. So-after years of sweaty summers-my husband and I finally built a house on Long Beach Island, the same island where my brother and I rode the waves as kids. In the story business, that's called "coming full circle." These days, Richard and I divide our time between the desert and the ocean. In the words of Junie B. Jones, I'm a lucky duck.

Q. What inspired you to start writing?

In my case, it was sort of "reverse" inspiration. I got a degree in secondary education. My plan was to teach high school history and political science. But, because of a scheduling problem my senior year, I ended up doing my student teaching in the seventh grade. The word disaster doesn't really cover this one. I'll spare you the details. But as I ran screaming from the school building every day, I knew that I would never be a teacher. My husband and I married after graduation, and started a family. A few years later, when I was ready to go to work, I was still haunted by the memories of student teaching. So I was "inspired" to try my hand at writing instead.

Q. How did you go about getting published?

The first children's novel I wrote was Operation: Dump the Chump. As soon as it was finished, I bought a copy of Writer's Market, found some addresses, and started sending it off to publishers who were accepting unsolicited manuscripts. It was rejected three times. All three rejections managed to work in the classic industry one-liner, "It isn't right for our list."

The fourth time I sent it to Alfred Knopf, Inc. A few weeks later, they called and said it was exactly right for their list. I felt like I'd hit the lottery.

Q: You've written middle-grade novels, early chapter books, and picture books. Which do you like writing best?

I can't really say which I like best. But after all the Junie B. books I've written, those certainly come the easiest. The middle-grade novels are more of a challenge. But in some ways, that makes them more rewarding. The last two I've written (Mick Harte Was Here and The Graduation of Jake Moon) were both about very sensitive topics, so it took a long time to get them exactly right. But I think those two books have made me the most proud.

Q. Tell us about your most recent picture book.

It's called, MA! There's Nothing to Do Here! It's about a baby in utero who is bored out of his mind. The idea for it was born (so to speak) when my daughter-in-law, Renee, invited me to my first grandson's ultrasound. Although I had never had an ultrasound myself, I'd seen pictures of other babies in utero. But I wasn't prepared for how amazing it would be to see my own little grandbaby on that screen. I felt like I was watching the Discovery Channel.

Q. How much did you continue to think about the baby after seeing the ultrasound? How did this develop into the idea for the book?

A. On the way out of the doctor's office, I remember thinking, Okay, so now we're all going back to our busy lives. But the baby is still in there just floating around. Except for an occasional kick or hiccup, he's got absolutely nothing to do.

A few months later-when I was getting ready to give Renee a baby shower-I wrote this poem, framed it, and gave it to her as a shower gift.

Q. Of the characters you've created, who is your favorite?

A. This would be a bit like picking a favorite child. I don't have a single favorite character, but again, I lived with the characters Mick and Phoebe Harte and Jake and Skelly Moon for a very long time. So those four are the most dear to me.

The characters I've had the most fun with have been the little ones. Little kids are so free to say whatever is on their minds. They aren't silenced by peer pressure and the notion that they have to sound cool. Molly Vera Thompson in The Kid in the Red Jacket is six, and Thomas Russo in My Mother Got Married and Other Disasters is five. They both were such fun to write about that they led to the creation of Junie B. Jones.

Q. Is Junie B. modeled after you as a child? Did you ever do any of the things that Junie B. does?

A. I was sent to "Principal" in first grade for talking. There were lots of notes sent home that year, as well. My father was on the Board of Education. Not good.

Q. There's been some criticism of the Junie-speak in the series. How do you answer concerns that Junie's grammar is not good for young readers?

A. Honestly, most of the grown-ups I hear from are writing to tell me that Junie B. Jones got their reluctant readers to read. I have drawers full of letters from parents and teachers that are so meaningful to me, I can't bear to part with them. These are adults who understand that fictional literature plays a whole different role in children's lives than a book of grammar or a basic reader.

That having been said, there are always going to be a handful of people who denigrate books that speak in a voice other than their own. I've stopped trying to explain the concept of literature to people like that. Wasted time better spent.

8. What makes you laugh?

My sense of humor is a little bit off-center, I think. In the movies, I usually laugh at parts that no one else seems to think are funny. Then there are movies like Young Frankenstein where I laugh from the opening scene straight through to the end.

Lots of other things make me laugh, as well. My husband and sons make me laugh. My dog. My grandsons. Friends. The absurdities of life. My lopsided cakes. The list goes on . . .

What advice do you have for teachers that are aspiring writers? For kids?

There's nothing revolutionary in my advice, I'm afraid. It's the same old stuff. Write as much and as often as you can. Try different genres to find your niche. Then rewrite, rewrite, rewrite. And-above all-be your own worst critic.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Y. L. on August 6, 2006
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My whole family loves Junie B Jones! We have all the books on tape that have been released so far and we listen to them all the time! My two daughters (8 & 11 years of age) read the newest Junie B. Jones and gave it 5 stars! I've heard some parents complain that Junie B. can be kind of a brat, but I think she's the Ramona of this generation! As a parent, I love, love, love Junie B. Jones! We all have an inner problem child and I think it's great to see how Junie B. learns from the challenges that she faces! Keep 'em coming Barbara Park!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Charnock on January 10, 2015
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It's obvious that Junie B. is a spunky six-year-old first grader (in this book in the series). That rambunctiousness is exhibited by author Park in ways that are questionable to some adults who want books for this (or any) age to be uplifting, an example of good behavior (or at least have consequences or teaches a lesson otherwise), impart wholesomeness, morality and otherwise greatly entertain.

Parker seems to reinforce--with few corrections--non-standard English (yes, I know, Junie B. is just out of kindergarten, but still...). This fanciful pseudo-autobiography/journal is not a great way to instill good language development via reading (or listening, if a read-aloud).

Junie B. is exasperating, delightful, rude, charming, energetic, has temper tantrums, is easily bored, and is not fond of "old" people at all--this latter will turn off some older people. Some reviewers claim Junie's behavior is typical or normal, but is it acceptable and should it more-or-less be lauded as it indirectly is in this volume.

I first learned of the Junie B. series when a fourth grade special education student enthusiastically shared that these (second grade reading level) books were her favorite reads. Thus, I read this volume. I was familiar with the author via "Skinny Bones," a delightful and humorous short book about the bullying of a physically wimpy kid and how he dealt with his situation.

I guess I would call this a "cute" read. This particular book in the series does (sort of) have a beginning, middle and end--unlike the "Wimpy Kid" series.

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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 27, 2006
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I hope that everyone in the whole world reads this book, because I did and I couldn't stop talking about it. I acted like it was the only book anyone could read on this whole planet. It was very funny, but I do not recommend this book for anyone who does not have a sense of humor. In this book, Junie B is going on vacation to Hawaii. Everyone thinks she is so lucky to go, except for Lucille, who has been there a thousand times. She is asked to take pictures. Will her pictures turn out really good, or will they be horrible? To find out the answers to these questions and more, read Junie B. First Grader, Aloha-ha-ha!

Written by Hannah, age 7 1/2
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Methvin on July 8, 2006
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For fans of America's funniest first grader-this book is a must read! My kids and I have been reading Junie B. for a few years now, and we eagerly await each new release. Aloha Ha-Ha does not disappoint. The best parts, as always, involve conversations with Junie B.'s elephant, Philip Johnny Bob, and a brand new Hawaiian Barbie that Junie B. names Delores. The captions on her "photo journal" for Mr. Scary cracked my kids up. My 7 year old daughter and her friends just started a summer book club, and this was their first selection. READ IT NOW and LAUGH YOUR HEAD OFF!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Latson on June 26, 2006
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my children have loved this series for a while now, and now my youngest is just getting into it. Her big sister enjoys reading the books to her because she gets to re-visit them. She was so excited to get this latest installment, and read it immediately! Now they anxiously await the next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sue on May 26, 2011
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I bought this book for my daughter on a whim. It was sitting on top of a stack of clothes at Target in the girls section and I decided to buy it. My daughter was thrilled since I guess this is a big hit in her classroom and her teacher reads them some of the books and they even just recently saw a play. I read the book to her and found it very enjoyable. It was very funny and pleasant to read. Even though I give this 5 stars, some people may find some of the grammar unacceptable, but you must realize that some of the parts of all of these books are journal entries written by a 1st grader which as all of us know are not the greatest in terms of writing skills, but we know that they are trying their best to write correctly. I do recommend these books more for a parent reading to a child or a child reading who knows better than to think that this is the correct way to write. My first grade daughter knows that when I read what Junie B. writes that it is not the correct way to speak and she finds it fun to tell me the right way. Her teacher even has the children correct Junie B. grammar when she is reading. Over all, the books that I have read from this series are great and am happy when my daughter brings them home from her school library since I know I am for an evening of enjoyable reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Elledge on September 21, 2007
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This is another great Junie B. adventure. My first grade class loves to hear me read aloud. They listen and laugh and lose there fear of chapter books that seem so big to them. By the end of the year most students are reading Junie B by themselves. Enjoy it you won't be dissapointed.
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