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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 340L (What's this?)
  • Series: A Stepping Stone Book(TM) (Book 21)
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (May 27, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375823018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375823015
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,680,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4-In her fourth "First Grader" book, Junie B. grapples with the ethical issue of cheating and learns how to work collaboratively. She gets caught after she copies a homework assignment. Later, she and another student confess to cheating on a spelling test. Between these two episodes, Junie B. and three classmates have a great experience writing a cinquain poem on friendship. The story wraps up nicely with the protagonist getting support from her parents and a cinquain composed by her teacher, commending her on her honesty. This beginning chapter book is written in first-person narrative with occasional journal entries. Dollops of humor keep the plot from being heavy-handed. The adults and children are believably portrayed, and the comical drawings match the tone of the story.
Marilyn Ackerman, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Gr. 1-2. No one wants to be a cheater pants, a "nasty, rotten ratty pants," especially not first-grader Junie B. Jones. However, in the latest addition to Park's popular early chapter-book series, Junie B. is indeed guilty as charged. One day when she neglects to do her homework, she leans over to copy prissy, perfect, punctual May's paper. After being busted in an embarrassing fashion, Junie B. laments in her journal, "I wish I could disappear into thin hair." Fortunately, with the help of her teacher, Mr. Scary, she learns her lesson: she wasn't "borrowing" May's homework, she was, in fact, cheating. Or was she? Park creates a wonderful classroom of distinct personalities, reflecting the best and most irksome parts of being a kid with equal aplomb. Junie B. is quite entertaining--if you can get used to the deliberately odd constructions such as "I did a gasp at that thing." Brunkus' comical, distinctly Eloise-like pencil illustrations suit the precocious Junie B. to a T. Karin Snelson
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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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I highly recommend this book for parents to get for their child.
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I think that this junie b book is good because it teaches children what could happen if they cheat.
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I have read the Junie B. books aloud to my first graders and they enjoy each of the stories.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be very funny. I especially liked the part when Junie didn't think that copying May's homework was cheating. I really like all of Barbara Park's books.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 15, 2005
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Junie B Jones is a very funny kid in all of the books that is why I am going to read all of new and old series of the Junie B Jones books . I think that Junie B Jones is a real kid that is really really really funny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wildcatfan on January 21, 2014
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This book series is a high interest, medium reading level comprehension and great for primary school children. The book catches a child's attention immediately because of the illustration on the front cover. The back cover gives a concise, but good description of what is inside. Our granddaughters have enjoyed the "Junie B." books and request them both at the library and in book stores and on Amazon.

I recommend this to any child, parent, family member, friend or teacher who is trying to find a book that will hold a child's attention and be fun while improvimng the child's reading comprehension skills and encouraging the love of reading. "Some" decoding skills are needed if your child is a struggling reader but your task of assisting your child will be less difficult with the Junie B. series.
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I purchased several sets of beginning level chapter books for my third grade classroom. I wanted to have some reading groups that had students of different levels in them. The higher level students didn't mind reading Junie B because she is funny. The lower level readers were able to keep up with everyone in the group. They were happy too. One of the surprises of doing this was that my top readers were catching the foreshadowing clues about events to happen. Then the whole group would talk about the situation. It was fun to see the girls really get into a book discussion with little adult supervision. I also selected this book because we had some "cheater pants" in the classroom. We could talk about Junie B's cheating and cheating in general without mentioning anyone else's name. I would recommend this book.
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By Meredith Hansen on June 4, 2014
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That was my favorite book ever it reminded me of the right thing to do is not to cheat thanks
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By Grandma Becky on May 18, 2014
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My 7 year old granddaughter loves the Junie B Jones books. She has become a voracious reader and will sometimes read these 2 or 3 times.
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By AMAAN on May 17, 2014
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My kid love this series of books. She wants me to send new series of the book every month. She enjoys it.
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By Joanna on May 10, 2014
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My daughter can't put this book down she loves it. order was complete and was in great condition no bends or anything.
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