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Junie B., First Grader: Cheater Pants (Junie B. Jones, No. 21) Paperback – April 27, 2004

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Book 21 of 28 in the Junie B. Jones Series

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Grade 1-4-In her fourth "First Grader" book, Junie B. grapples with the ethical issue of cheating and learns how to work collaboratively. She gets caught after she copies a homework assignment. Later, she and another student confess to cheating on a spelling test. Between these two episodes, Junie B. and three classmates have a great experience writing a cinquain poem on friendship. The story wraps up nicely with the protagonist getting support from her parents and a cinquain composed by her teacher, commending her on her honesty. This beginning chapter book is written in first-person narrative with occasional journal entries. Dollops of humor keep the plot from being heavy-handed. The adults and children are believably portrayed, and the comical drawings match the tone of the story.
Marilyn Ackerman, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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Gr. 1-2. No one wants to be a cheater pants, a "nasty, rotten ratty pants," especially not first-grader Junie B. Jones. However, in the latest addition to Park's popular early chapter-book series, Junie B. is indeed guilty as charged. One day when she neglects to do her homework, she leans over to copy prissy, perfect, punctual May's paper. After being busted in an embarrassing fashion, Junie B. laments in her journal, "I wish I could disappear into thin hair." Fortunately, with the help of her teacher, Mr. Scary, she learns her lesson: she wasn't "borrowing" May's homework, she was, in fact, cheating. Or was she? Park creates a wonderful classroom of distinct personalities, reflecting the best and most irksome parts of being a kid with equal aplomb. Junie B. is quite entertaining--if you can get used to the deliberately odd constructions such as "I did a gasp at that thing." Brunkus' comical, distinctly Eloise-like pencil illustrations suit the precocious Junie B. to a T. Karin Snelson
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 340L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (April 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375823026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375823022
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barbara Park knew how to capture the funny, innocent, social awkwardness of being young. Junie B is every parent's nightmare. She is not a naughty child. She is simply learning how to navigate in a big world full of unwritten rules about what a first grader should and shouldn't say and do.
The story is simple and well written. The vocabulary is great for an early reader.

I have to admit I am not fond of Junie's tart little sayings at times. I do not allow my kids to use words like "stupid" which are thrown around liberally in the book. I have made clear to my kids they can read Junie B, but if I ever hear Junie B-ish words coming from their mouths, Junie B will find herself at the half price bookstore on the corner.
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I purchased several sets of beginning level chapter books for my third grade classroom. I wanted to have some reading groups that had students of different levels in them. The higher level students didn't mind reading Junie B because she is funny. The lower level readers were able to keep up with everyone in the group. They were happy too. One of the surprises of doing this was that my top readers were catching the foreshadowing clues about events to happen. Then the whole group would talk about the situation. It was fun to see the girls really get into a book discussion with little adult supervision. I also selected this book because we had some "cheater pants" in the classroom. We could talk about Junie B's cheating and cheating in general without mentioning anyone else's name. I would recommend this book.
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My 6 yr old is in 1st grade this year, and I've been searching for chapter books we can read each night for bed. We found the Junie B series and they really make us laugh. My daughter knows that Junie B uses words and phrases we do NOT approve of and we do NOT talk like that. I'm comfortable enough in our parenting skills to allow my daughter to cont. on with this series of books. Her behavior and the way she talks and acts hasn't changed simply b/c of a book she reads at nighttime.

This book we just finished last night. It was probably one of my favorites. My daughter knows the word "cheater" but really didn't get the concept I don't think. I guess I never even really thought to explain it to her. They have spelling tests in school and she didn't really understand why the teacher always was telling them to cover up their papers...now she knows. She knows EXACTLY what cheating is, and the different forms of cheating...(cheating when noone is looking and cheating even if someone allows you to)...and i truly believe she will NEVER cheat. When i read one of the final chapters about Junie B getting some "help" from a friend on a spelling test my daughter immediatly covered her eyes and screamed out NO!!!!!!!!!! So, she got it ;)
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A Kid's Review on June 18, 2003
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I found this book to be very funny. I especially liked the part when Junie didn't think that copying May's homework was cheating. I really like all of Barbara Park's books.
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By SeaStar16 on December 29, 2014
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Book came as described. My daughter has recently really gotten into reading the Junie B. Jones books so I ordered several for Christmas and was pleasantly surprised that they arrived before Christmas. Very fast shipping! Great set of books for your child learning chapter books.
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I teach kindergarten and first grade and my students just love Junie B.! I feel good about reading these stories to them because Junie is a character that they can identify with and serious subject matter is approached in a way that isn't intimidating or confusing for such young students. My students really enjoyed this one! Junie B. decides to cheat, but doesn't think of it in that way. This is a great forum for discussion for my students. They know what she has done is wrong and can also get her understanding for why she did it, so they are exposed to this situation in a new way. I would certainly refer others to this series. Not only is Junie B. funny and appealing to young readers, she also fosters a desire in reading! I've had so many students beg to borrow my Junie B. books to read on their own, place large book orders for these titles, and even had a few Junie B. Jones inspired birthday parties come from this reading!
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This is a wonderful book in terms of teaching children about the need to maintain honesty. The author gives a great working definition of cheating that will resonate with elementary school age children.
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"Involved in my children's education". The Junie B. Jones book series is an excellent tool to use to not only engage you children, but to educate as well. I can't order them fast enough. My seven year old reads them to her little sister and they are engaged for hours at a time reading and playing teacher, (YEA!!). They improving their reading comprehensions and build their vocabulary.
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