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Junie B. Jones's Second Boxed Set Ever! (Books 5-8)
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179 of 199 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2003
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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? Some would say children are just as concerned about who sits by them in lunch or if they are this week's line leader... The shame of their ignorance!)
Junie B. Jones is Not a Grammarian - nor is any other first grader, and obviously neither are some reviewers. Take life a little less seriously, and allow books to be a pleasure to read, not a task to be confronted with. Do not crush creativity for your children. If children learn bad grammar or harsh language from Junie B., they have little other experience in their lives.
Junie B., you're simply wonderful!
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2003
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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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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2004
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I have all four of these books and have read them about five times.
Yucky Blucky Fruitcake: Junie B's the bestest winner in the world! It's Carnival Night, and Lucille has already won a box of fluffy cupcakes with sprinkles on them. But when Junie B. wins the Cake Walk, she chooses the bestest cake of all - the one wrapped in sparkly alluminum foil. (The cake she picked was a fruitcake!)
That Meanie Jim's Birthday: 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?
Loves Handsome Warren: There's a new boy in kindergarten, and guess what? He's the handsomest guy Junie B. has ever seen! She and Lucille and that Grace all want him for a boyfriend. Only he thinks Junie B. is a nutball. Just cause she couldn't stop laughing and rolling. So how is she supposed to get that boy to love her?
Has a Monster Under Her Bed: There's no such things as monsters. Mother and Daddy even said so. But then why is there monster drool on Junie B's pillow? Oh, no! What if Paulie Allen Puffer is right - what if she really does have a monster under her bed? If Junie B goes to sleep, the monster might see her feet hanging down. And he might think her piggy toes are yummy little wiener sausages!
You get all four books with this set.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2005
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My 5-year old son got his first Junie B. books for Christmas from my mom and my aunt (both elementary school teachers). My husband and I enjoy these books as much as my discriminating preschooler. I love these books, in spite of the grammar. They are entertaining, they are hilarious, and they prompt good conversations on feelings and dealing with negative emotions. If you don't like the grammar, simply correct it as you read; if your child reads on his own, he probably already knows it's grammatically incorrect.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2005
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My 6 year old daughter and I have started reading the first box set (I read them to her older sister at this age). They are very funny and even when I read a passage that is not "correct English" my daughter will laugh because she knows that's not the way you talk. That's what makes it so funny. We just finished Sneaky-Peaky Spying which is one of my favorites. How horrible is it to a little kid when she thinks she sees her Teacher stealing grapes at the grocery store??? I highly recommend this collection!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2006
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The Junie B. Jones books will get kids reading for one key reason: they're extremely funny! Because Junie is so easy to relate to, kids will see themselves in her -- and learn to laugh at themselves a little, too.

As for Junie's use of bad grammar: this is a big part of what gives the character her unique voice. If it was good enough for Mark Twain, it should be good enough for the rest of us.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2005
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We enjoy the Junie B Jones series, and this set is no different. The character is a fun character, and everyone in the family gathers around when someone starts to read it aloud, usually my 17 year old daughter to her older sister! The two of them crack up over Junie B together. The younger ones love the stories too.
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