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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 400L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (June 24, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439227615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439227612
  • ASIN: 0679883428
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-3?Junie's kindergarten classmates convince her that an invisible monster lives under her bed. Her parents and grandmother are unable to convince her otherwise until Junie hits upon the idea of putting her unflattering school picture under the bed to frighten the monster. In Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook, the little girl discovers that "finders keepers losers weepers" is not an appealing philosophy when she loses the special gloves her grandfather gave her and the child who finds them doesn't take them to the lost and found. Junie's first-person narration is sprinkled with deliberate grammatical errors and misunderstood word usage in an attempt to show a five-year-old's viewpoint ("I runned home," "They got stoled on purpose."). Precocious use of sophisticated language is also used to achieve an intended humorous effect. The black-and-white, full- and half-page illustrations reflect Junie's cockeyed view of the world and will help attract beginning chapter-book readers. The issues the child is dealing with are right on target for the intended age group, but Junie's personality is more annoying than endearing and the humor lacks freshness and spontaneity. Buy where the series is popular.?Lisa Smith, Lindenhurst Memorial Library, NY
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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:
"Park is truly a funny writer. Although Junie B. is a kindergartner, she's sure to make middle graders laugh out loud."

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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Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook is another book by author, Barbara Park, who most definitely has a handle on what young readers want.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stormie (histormie@aol.com) on November 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
My son and I started this book with no expectation and finished it laughing. My son, who usually squirms and talks while I read to him, remembered this book in shocking detail. Anything that gets my five-year-old fireball to sit and listen is exceptional. I read to him every night and having a book that is entertaining for him, as well as myself, is certainly a welcome addition to the bedtime ritual.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Theresa A Benson on March 24, 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
My 7 year old is not particularily fond of reading independently, or at least she wasn't until Junie B came along! My daughter took this book EVERYWHERE with her. On more than one occasion I caught her laughing out loud at the antics of Junie B. She happily told me what was happening in the story the whole way through, and could definitely relate to Junie B's horror of losing her mittens and the ethical dilemna finding the pen caused. My daughter was also quite proud that, for the first time, she finished a "Chapter Book" all by herself. Needless to say, the Junie B series is at the top of her self-initiated reading list. A big, big thank you to Barbara Park!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dana S. on December 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a really funny book.I relly like Junie B. Jones. Also,
I think Barbara Park is SOOOO cool! And as Junie B. Jones says:
"She is a delightful woman, I tell you!"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brooklyn Teacher on May 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
Junie B., a young 6 year old girl, acts like a brat. One day when she takes her precious mittens to school... "Oh no! Somebody stole my mittens!!" she screams.

At first she thinks just taking a teddy bear backpack from the lost and found in the princilpal's office is a good idea. But when the principal figures out what she is doing he says, "No teddy bear backpack."

So if you are the kind of reader that likes characters who have to solve tough problems, this is the book for you. This book is great for second graders. Most kids think it is funny. Check out other books in the series like Junie B. Jones and A Little Monkey Business.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wendy on November 24, 2012
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This book is intended for a first-grade reader. The grammar is atrocious and it contains a lot of slang. My granddaughter asked for these chapter books and I have purchased 12 so far. On a recent visit, I decided to read one of the books to her and again was astonished at the content. I will be looking for a new more appropriate set of chapter books for a first grade reader and won't be buying Junie B Jones books anymore.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 15, 2011
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By: H.S.
Do you like the Junie B. Jones series? Junie goes to school with new glove. She shows them to ever one. She lost both of them. Does she get the gloves back? You should read the book. My favorite part is when she lost her glove because she doesn't know who tike it. People I think she has the gloves but she doesn't. I would recommend this book to anyone because it is a good level for every one to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 29, 2001
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In the book Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook by Barbara Park a girl named Junie B. Jones gets new mittens and they are so furry. Her Grampa Miller gave them to her. At recess when she is playing someone steels her mittens. If you want to find out if she gets her mittens back you have to read this book. It's great!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 12, 2004
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This book is really good. I think it had 5 stars because it was funny. Her grandpa gave her mittens for no good reason and she wore them to school and then someone stole them.
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