From the Publisher
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."
This chapter book is the most recent book in "The Junie B. Jones Series." Junie B. brings her saucy, irreverent, honest humor to first grade and so copes with a number of upsetting surprises. Her "bestest friend" from kindergarten Lucille (a pretty Southern-belle type) has dumped her for new friends. Grace, her old bus buddy, has taken up with a new bus buddy. Junie sits next to "goodie-two-shoes" May in class, who finds nothing but fault with Junie. And worst of all, Junie discovers she needs glasses! Fortunately, she gets help with her problems. Mr. Scary, her new teacher, helps solve the eye mystery, and a new friend, Herb, saves Junie from humiliation. The book includes Junie's forthright entries in her school journal (though it seems premature to ask students to start a journal the second day of first grade and for Junie to correct her spelling of mustache). The book captures Junie B.'s particular way of speaking, grammatical oversights included. Young readers should have fun with precocious Junie B., though first graders may need to have the story read to them. The illustrations are on the mark in interpreting some amusing and dramatic scenes. 2001, Stepping Stone/Random House,
Carol Raker Collins <%ISBN%>0375802932 <%ISBN%>0375902937
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-While first grade offers a whole year of exciting possibilities for Junie B., things get off to a confusing start. Feeling tentative about her new teacher, she renames him Mr. Scary. Her last year's best friend now has two new best friends and her old bus pal has a new buddy. Then, Junie's teacher discovers that she needs glasses. Now that is something to worry about. "What if Room One laughs their head off at me? What if I look like a goonie bird and no one wants to be my friend?" However, her classmates, who already agree that twins with rhyming names, a boy with a spiky gel hairdo, and bilingual Jos are fascinating, determine that Junie B. and her purple glasses are definitely cool. As always, Park is in touch with what the kids know and how they feel. A satisfying read, especially for fans.-Sharon R. Pearce, Geronimo Public School, OK Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Starting first grade proves to be a challenge for Junie B. Jones, Park's enduring, irrepressible heroine. Junie B. is having a tough time. Not only is she nervous about starting first grade, but on her very first day of school, Lucille, Junie B.'s best friend from kindergarten, is distinctly aloof. Lucille coolly informs Junie B. that they have "already been best friends" and that now, in the name of fairness, "it's time for Camille and Chenille to get a turn." Then Grace, who sat next to Junie B. on the bus every day last year, throws her over for new friend Bobbi Jean Piper, which causes Junie B. to announce that her "bestest friends are dropping like flies." Throw in "Blabber-lips May" the obnoxious tattletale in the next seat, and it looks to Junie B. like "first grade is a flop." But Junie B.'s real problem is that she can't see the blackboard. Luckily, her on-the-ball teacher diagnoses her problem right away, sending her to the school nurse for an eye exam. With good-natured wit, Parks demystifies the process of getting glasses, also paying attention to the embarrassment and self-consciousness kids often feel when they show up at school with a new pair of specs. Although not the most amusing book in the series, fans will be happy to know that despite Junie B.'s ascent to the rigors of first grade, Park's feisty, funny heroine retains her trademark use of language, mirthful malapropisms, and essential larger-than-life personality.