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  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Series: Junie B. Jones
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Box edition (May 27, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375825525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375825521
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,349 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.

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Anyways I love the books and so do my kids.
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For the life of me I do not understand why someone would write children's stories that use bad grammar and teach improper English.
Radu Gruian
My 7 year old grandson loves the Junie B. Jones series and is really enjoying these books.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 15, 2005
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This book is as funny as any of the other Junie B Jones stories. So if you are a fan of Junie B Jones, you MUST read this book. This book is perfect for kids ages 6-8. The book is very enjoyable- a story you will surely enjoy again and again!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ken Mora on May 6, 2007
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Junie B. Jones is a character, and has a unique voice. However, she exercises a pet peeve of mine in that she "talks wrong." I had a lot of resistance to a character that continually coins words and makes grammatical errors (ones that a child that age should be overcoming), but then I loosened up and used the way she speaks as a launching point for discussions with my daughter on how something she said should be phrased, or could be expressed better.

So, that coupled with the fact that my daughter just tears through these books and wants to read them over and over adds up to a thumbs up for me. But do balance this out with books that are grammatically correct.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. J. Barber on April 2, 2009
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Junie B Jones is the silliest little girl ever. I love reading all the junie b jones. Sometimes when I'm reading about her I picture one of my daughters in my minds eye. I laugh until I cry. I know some have wrote reviews about how she talks and some of the words being misspelled but hey, she is a kindergartener. Then a first grader. She is right where she is supposed to be with her spelling. And can't we just let them be little? Anyways I love the books and so do my kids. And they make for some awesome family reading time!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Megin on February 21, 2013
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I wanted to like these books, but after listening to my Kindergartner read a few pages, I had to stop her. Throughout the books, young readers will find both glaring and subtle grammatical errors, such as "me and Grace" and "I did a giggle". Additionally, many of the scenarios and topics addressed in the stories are of questionable appropriateness (e.g., discussing "cops resting [sic] drunk people." While I respect creative liberties generally in representing a Kindergartner's use of language, if the purpose of literature is to enhance literacy while also creating rich contexts for such learning, then these books accomplish just the opposite. How can we teach our children to speak and write correctly and compellingly if these are the examples with which we provide them? I'm sorry if I come across philosophically, but I feel nearly betrayed by the professional negligence demonstrated by this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. K. Fulmer on October 10, 2009
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I love love love Junie B Jones. And MOST importantly my 7 year old LOVES LOVES LOVES Junie B Jones. We are on Book 23 now and Flying thru them. The author is sooooooo funny. Some reviewers have ridiculed the behavior of Junie B Jones, but I use it as an opportunity to reiterate good behavior.... That Junie B Jones, she shouldn't have done that. Oh that little boy was not nice. Silly Junie B Jones.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Mueller on January 18, 2007
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Although the language can be difficult to decipher, my daughter loves reading these books out loud. They are great for kids who are decoding words and at the medium level of beginning to read and it is easy to check their comprehension of what they have just read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Don Jolio on January 15, 2010
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This book and several other Junie B. Jones books were given to my daughter by a family member. I was appalled by the abuse of the English language. Fans of these books say that "Kids are going to talk that way anyway, so it's just realistic." If you want to dumb your kid down to join the legions of morons, then by all means, purchase these books, and you will be well on your way to achieving your goal. If a 10-year old wants to read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, with its linguistic non-conformities, I have no objection. When you write books for early readers, however, you do a great disservice by teaching them to abuse the language they are just beginning to learn. Grammar and spelling aside, I found nothing particularly interesting or imaginative about these books. The main character also behaves in ways which fans call `realistic', but good parents would hate to see their children imitating. I would never support banning them, but as a parent, I am hoping that my children will look elsewhere for books for early readers.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Creating a Home on July 16, 2010
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How can any publisher publish stories that promote such lousy grammar? The intended readers are impressionable: at a fragile age where they are still trying to master correct verb tenses and other important vocabulary skills. If this series is intended to create future readers, no wonder our country is in such educational trouble. In sum, these books are an affront to parents, teachers, and their young readers. And by the way, the stories also promote questionable attitudes and behavior. Totally irresponsible.
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