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Junie B. Jones and That Meanie Jim's Birthday (Junie B. Jones, No. 6) Paperback – April 14, 1996


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 370L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (April 14, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679866957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679866954
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,176 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:
"Park is truly a funny writer. Although Junie B. is a kindergartner, she's sure to make middle graders laugh out loud."

From the Inside Flap

Guess who's not invited?

That meanie Jim has invited everyone in Room Nine to his birthday party on Saturday -- except Junie B.! Should she have her own birthday party six months early and not invite Jim? Or should she move to It's a Small World After All in Disneyland?

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 would like to make a funny book about Junie B. Jones.
John Agdanowski
My 7 year old daughter loves Junie B. and I enjoy having her read the books out loud to me.
Chrisie
It is very funny for the parent and yet teaches a valuable lesson to our children.
Julie Billetter

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
Junie B. is shattered when her big mouth causes her to be uninvited to the biggest birthday bash in town. Being the only one in Room Nine who is not invited is just about more than she can stand.
Read about the hilarious antics of Junie B. as her family struggles to help her deal with this catastrophe. Children of all ages will love hearing how Junie B. tries to deal with this problem. I can't wait to read more in this series!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 2000
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Hi! My name is Amanda. I'm in third grade. I just finished the book Junie B. Jones and the Meanie Jim's Birthday. Barbara Park is the author of this book. The book was about a girl that was the only one that didn't have an invitation to the birthday party in her class.
I liked the story because it is funny and sad. I think everyone should read this book. I think I would give this book five stars because the story is funny.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 4, 2012
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This book is about a little boy's birthday party invitations. It is meanie Jim's birthday. Jim said that he would invite everyone in room 9 . But one day Jim got mad at Junie B. on the bus and they were both yelling at each other. When Jim got mad at Junie B. that day he did not give Junie B. an invitation. Later on Jim gave out invitations to all the kids in room 9 except Junie B. did not get one. So Junie B. zoomed over to crybaby William and snatched his invitation right out of his hand and ran as fast as she could over to the swings. When William told his teacher Mrs. that Junie B. snatched his invitation right out of his hand and Junie B. had to go to the principal's office. A few minutes later Jim was at the door. Jim went into the principal's office and said "I'm sorry here is your invitation". Thank you Jim!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 27, 2005
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Junie B.Jones and that Meanie Jim' Birthday is a greatbook to read.Junie B.Jones books are fun and real easy to find out whats happening in the story.Every Junie B.Jones book starts out with her saying,Hi my name is Junie B.Jones.The B stands for Beatrice,exept I don't like Beatrice.I just like B and thats all.

This story is about Jim.He's going to have his birthday soon and he invites every one in his class exept Junie.Junie gets mad and steals an invitation from a kid. The kid cries and tell his teacher.

The teacher then tries to find away to make Junie and Jim friends.In the end,They do become friends.This book is an excellent book for you to read in future.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Julie Billetter on December 6, 2000
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I can't believe how funny this is!! I was reading it to my 5 year old and when he fell asleep I found myself continuing to read it. It is very funny for the parent and yet teaches a valuable lesson to our children.
I am looking forward to reading more of the Junie B books!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 1999
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This book was really nice. I liked it because it was really funny and nice. It was also kind of weird and interesting.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2003
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This is a great book to read with your favorite children. There are many lessons to be learned here about behavior, feelings, emotions, fears, and about getting what you ask for, but not REALLY wanting it. Discussing these stories with your children can help them understand how to cope with life's circumstances. We discuss Junie's poor grammar and the behavior of the children in the stories. It helps the children in our family better understand social skills and discipline. It also encourages them to share their experiences with their family members who may need to know about them. Adults in our family up to the age of 90 laugh at Junie's adventures and delight in the humorous twists to the stories. The children relate to Junie's problems and learn from her experiences.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Caitriona on June 24, 2001
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Written from the very believable point of view of a precocious little girl, this story was at least as enjoyable a read for me as it was for my daughters! If you have a kid, know a kid, ever been a kid, or even ever SEEN a kid, check this (as well as the rest of the Junie B Jones series) out. She's the Eloise of the 21st century.
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