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  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Series: Junie B. Jones
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Box edition (May 28, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375822658
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375822650
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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

When the children read the book they correct how Junie B. Jones talk.
Louise Evans
This was a gift for my 8 year old daughter for christmas because she has been reading these at school and loves the series.
HilaryKate
She thought the stories were funny and laughed out loud several times while reading the books!!
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174 of 193 people found the following review helpful By E. Goode on July 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
Barbara Park captures the simple, untamed and unshamed heart of a child with Junie B. Jones.
As a librarian, a mother of three (an old mother? - I'm 31), and having earned a degree in English literature and education, I feel saddened to see other reviewers trying so terribly hard to narrow the realm of children's literature into such absurdly unrealistic and dowdy margins.
Let little children be little children, let them not be ashamed to say "I hate peas!" and let them know that it's okay to have thoughts and feelings that mommy would sometimes call "harsh," or we will be raising the most emotionally constipated and dull creatures you are allowed to imagine.
However, if we must be constipated grammarians, allow this English teacher-turned-librarian to point out that if any of my students were to hand in a paragraph peppered with words written in all capital letters, he or she would have had to revise that paragraph until a point could be made without such horrible mechanics. The red pen would be blazing across the page to point out that the word "totally" and the phrase "a lot" are overused and abhorently amateur, and I would then assign that student to write the correct spelling of the word "author" ten times, to be handed in before they were allowed to go to the cafeteria for a lunch of bland soup and dry toast. Thank God for "young mothers" out there teaching our children from their vast experience and wealth and depth of misinformation. I pity the teacher who has these poor children in her class, teaching them not to write their names in capital letters and not to use the word "hate" so very often when referring to poverty or disease... (Children do speak often of poverty and disease at this age, do they not?
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A. Booth on May 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
Oh my goodness. Some people take these books far too seriously. The books are meant to be made from a child's point of view. While we may not like children using these words, they are going to hear it from classmates regardless. If these books interest a child and they are actually reading because they like the books, I don't see a problem. Now, as a parent there are lessons to be taught with books that use words such as "hate." Ask them about the books. "Why do you think Junie B. says the word hate and stupid?" "What other words could Junie B. say that would be better?" While asking your child these questions you can really form a bond over these books and teach lessons. They like it because the point of view seems true to life and you'll like it because you have the opportunity to let your child know what to do when they read or hear these words in school. I like Junie B.'s adventures and the kids do too!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Clint Potts on November 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
Yes, I know there are typos in the title. Yes, I intended them. If you can't get over them, you aren't quite as mature as is Junie B. Jones. My daughter is 6 and in first grade. We discovered the Junie B. Jones series when one was sent home in her reading folder for homework. Thank you to her teacher for sending that book. We have since read every title we can find in the series. While I'm reading to our daughter, my wife is laughing from the other room as she tries to listen to Junie B.'s wonderful antics. While she is learning to spell (just like my daughter) she is wise beyond her ears (as Junie would say). Reviewers of these books who can't get over Junie's use of grammar are missing the point. The stories have wonderful themes and Junie always learns the right lesson by the last chapter, despite her best efforts. Each and every title fits the world of a first grader to a T. My daughter is getting 5 more titles for Christmas this year. Please don't tell her. I want it to be a surprise! If I can let you in on a secret, I'm looking forward to her getting them, too...and my mother was such a strict grammarian that she wouldn't even let me use an adverb incorrect. JOKE!!!!!!!!!

Fortunately for me, I got over it. You should too. You are missing some of the best children's books of our age. Read them aloud to your children and enjoy! Let their joy be your guide to how great these books are for kids.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "phreakychick" on November 19, 2003
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I LOVE Junie B Jones. My daughter LOVES Junie B Jones. She is 6 and took a liking to Junie B. when she was 5 years old. She is reading them to me and enjoying every minute of it. She laughs and giggles and rolls her eyes at some of the things Junie B. will say. And for that some reviews have bashed the grammar but that is what gives the books their charm. All parents know that a 1st grader is not going to speak correctly all the time. It is our duty as a parent to make sure they learn to speak correctly and not get their grammar lesson from a book that is meant to be enjoyed. I enjoy hearing my daughter read these well writtn books to me. She thinks they are wonderful and can't wait to finish one just so she can pick up another one to read.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 2003
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My 6-7 year-old daughter is a little older than other reviewers and she has enjoyed reading and LAUGHING at these books on her own and to me. She is old enough to understand that Junie's grammar and antics are wrong. The stories are funny and there are good lessons to be learned. Clever books keep kids interested in reading. These books, and others, have encouraged my daughter as a reader and a writer. Thanks for listening! - Mom in Redondo Beach, CA
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