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Junie B., First Grader: Boo...and I Mean It! (Junie B. Jones, No. 24) Paperback – August 23, 2005
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In the 24th installment of Barbara Park's Junie B. Jones series of illustrated early chapter books, Boo... And I Mean It!, the precocious first grader is worried about Halloween--with good reason. Paulie Allen Puffer has given her five good reasons, in fact, not least of which is that real witches and monsters go trick-or-treating on Halloween (no costumes necessary); if you carve pumpkins with pointy teeth, they will bite your feet; and...shhh...candy corn isn't really corn. Junie B. goes to great lengths to avoid trick-or-treating altogether, but she finally decides that if she dresses up like Squirty the Clown (a disturbing circus clown who terrified her grandmother by chasing her with a seltzer bottle and making her wear an "unattractive balloon hat"), even the most horrific witches and monsters will be scared off. As ever, her way of expressing herself "I did a groan" and "Chills came on my arms" is grammatically unique, but as you get to know her, more endearing than alarming. Children who have mixed feelings about Halloween festivities will relate to Junie B.'s fears, and they'll be relieved when Halloween passes without a monster attack or pumpkin bite, just a delicious bag of 100% candy. (Ages 4 to 8) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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."
"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:
"Readers will relate instantly to the trials and tribulations of this first grader....She is always endearing and wonderfully funny."
Top Customer Reviews
Barbara Park also recognizes the distinct gap in the lines of communication between adults and children. Throughout the book, Junie would tell adults something totally different than what she had been thinking. She didn't want to tell the five truths she knew about Halloween that Paulie Allen Puffer had told her, because something bad would happen to her if she did tell. So, she turned to her stuffed animal for support. How many children talk to their stuffed animals? So realistic!
All in all, her fears and confusion of Halloween make for a hilarious book for children to read. I know this child's actions remind me of some of the things that my nieces have said and done. I found myself giggling out loud while reading about them. I would definitely encourage young students to read this book. It would be a great read-aloud.
In this book, it is getting close to Halloween, and Junie B. Jones is getting a little frightened. Someone told her 5 secrets about Halloween. I can't tell you what those secrets are - I don't wan to ruin this book.
Her mom takes her shopping for a Halloween costume. Junie B. doesn't want to go - - she's frightened about Halloween and those 5 secrets. But she decides on the costume she wants, and there is a very good reason for that costume (but I can't tell you what the reason is).
Junie B. gets in that costume and her mom takes her trick-or-treating. Junie B. is determined to scare people (other trick-or-treaters or just anyone). Will she succeed in doing so?
The book has a happy ending. She gets what she wants at the end of the book. I so badly want to tell you what it is, but that would ruin it for you.
If you have a child, or even a teen, and if they enjoy the atmosphere of Halloween, they would probably like this book. And you might like it, too.
Junie B. gets a great idea on how to overcome her Halloween fears. It's a funny idea, but one that exasparates her Mom.
This book is full of the usual clever humor including some funny bits about candy corn not be real corn and "thank you" sometimes being a fib.
This story really isn't too different from any normal Junie B. Jones story. Most fans of the series will likely eat this up, just like a bag of candy.
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.