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Junie B., First Grader: Dumb Bunny (Junie B. Jones, No. 27) Hardcover – February 13, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 410L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (February 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375838090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375838095
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

From USA TODAY:
"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."

About the Author

BARBARA PARK is best known as the author of the wildly popular New York Times bestselling Junie B. Jones series, which has kept kids (and their grown-ups) laughing—and reading—for over two decades. Beloved by millions, the Junie B. Jones books have been translated into multiple languages and are a time-honored staple in elementary school classrooms around the world. Barbara once said, “I’ve never been sure whether Junie B.’s fans love her in spite of her imperfections…or because of them. But either way, she’s gone out into the world and made more friends than I ever dreamed possible.”

Barbara Park is also the author of award-winning middle grade novels and bestselling picture books, including Skinnybones, Mick Harte Was Here, and Ma! There’s Nothing to Do Here!

Barbara Park was born in New Jersey in 1947 and spent most of her adult life in Arizona, where she and her husband, Richard, raised two sons. Barbara died in 2013, but her legacy lives on in the laughter her books give to readers all over the world.

Denise Brunkus's entertaining illustrations have appeared in over 50 books, including each Junie B. title. She lives in Massachussetts with her husband and daughter.


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.

Customer Reviews

I like this book.it is a funny and fun book.
Teresa
She wants me to send new series of the book every month.
A Ahmed
She laughs as she reads the books over and over.
M.E.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is another delightful foray into the mind of the spunky, sparky Junie. She makes reading fun for kids and grownups - boys AND girls! Actually, far from contributing to bad English I have observed by reading these VERY popular books aloud at school to students in 2nd grade, her grammatical mistakes draw good natured groans and corrections called out in unison. The kids catch them and they enjoy her antics, because she's over the top and a funny goofball, but everybody can relate to her experiences. It may be true that a struggling reader should have better material to work with but could very much still enjoy & benefit from being read to with emphasis whenever she says something "too-Junie".
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tamela Mccann TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I pretended to be excited about the release of the next Junie B. Jones book because my ten year old daughter still loves this series. But secretly, I'm every bit as thrilled as she is when a new title comes out! I adore Junie B. Jones, and I suspect that Barbara Park writes these books for adults just as much as she does for the kids.

This time Junie B. and her classmates are invited to rich Lucille's house for an Easter egg hunt. Right away things get interesting as Lucille announces that there will be a special golden egg that will win the finder a swim date with Lucille in her family's new pool! Time is spent deciding what to wear (we learn that there are Jewish clothes in this book), and finally the day arrives. In her own undaunted style, Junie B. attends the party, rekindles her "friendship" with Lucille's Nanna, becomes the Easter bunny, and finds a way to keep bossy May from discovering the golden egg. What more could anyone want from a book?

Always funny, this book once again perfectly captures the voice of a first grader. I am at a loss as to how Barbara Park does it so well--perhaps she's just remembered better than the rest of us how it felt to be so enthusiastic and joyful about everything. This is another outstanding entry in the series. Highly recommended for kids of all ages!
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T. Moore on February 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
We always love reading the Junie B. Jones books. They are our favorite books to read. I think this is one of the funniest books of the series. We were more excited about the release of this book than any of the other books. My daughter received a Make a Wish and wanted to meet Barbara Park and she also dedicated this book to her. Barbara was kind enough to send it early so we were able to read it a few weeks ago. In the dedication it reads "I hope this makes you laugh and laugh." We are reading it for the second time and we are still laughing. You will not be disappointed. One of our favorite characters is the return of Lucille's richie nanna. She is so funny. Junie B. surprised us at the end. We highly reccomend this book.
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By PACIFEK-00 on July 23, 2007
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My daughter has the whole collection she love keeping up with Junie B. I have not read a book in it's entire but from what I've read she is a very curious, funny little girl. I recommend this book and all the others also. My daughter was hooked after the 1st Barbara Parks books and althought she is older now she still cracks up laughing when reading. Totaling entertaining!
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By jace on July 11, 2014
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Lol I love Junie b jonus,she is halarious really I Think I have let's say about #18 of her book!so my name is jace towndrow and nice to meet u
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My daughter likes the actions and attitudes of Junie B. Jones, even though she knows that some of it is not the correct behavior for a little girl. Funny story, easy to read and understand.
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By J. Chimienti on June 22, 2014
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It was funny and nice I liked it was funny to say dum bunny it made me smile and light
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By ReviewsbyKim on June 14, 2014
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I have a 4 year old daughter that loves Junie B. We have read several of her books!! Due to her age, I read these to her of course, and we love reading and laughing at these together!! This isn't one of our favorite Junie B, but if your kiddo enjoys Junie B., this is another one to add to the list!!!
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