Junie B., First Grader (at Last!) (Junie B. Jones Series #18)

Junie B., First Grader (at Last!) (Junie B. Jones Series #18)

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by Barbara Park, Denise Brunkus

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Barbara Park’s New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, is a classroom favorite and has been keeping kids laughing—and reading—for more than twenty years. Over 60 million copies in print and now with a bright new look for a new generation!
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Barbara Park’s New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, is a classroom favorite and has been keeping kids laughing—and reading—for more than twenty years. Over 60 million copies in print and now with a bright new look for a new generation!
Meet the World’s Funniest First Grader—Junie B. Jones! Hurray, hurray for a brand-new school year! Being in first grade means having to get used to a whole new classroom. And a whole new teacher. And a whole new bunch of strange children. But here’s the worst thing of all: When Junie B. tries to read words on the chalkboard, she can’t seem to see what everyone else is seeing! Is it possible she might actually end up wearing glasses?
USA Today:
“Junie B. is the darling of the young-reader set.”
Publishers Weekly:
“Park convinces beginning readers that Junie B.—and reading—are lots of fun.”
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.”
“Junie B. Jones is a feisty six-year-old with an endearing penchant for honesty.”

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Everyone's favorite kindergartner is in first grade! The wonderfully outrageous Junie B. Jones starts out the school year with a bit of trepidation. New classmates in a new classroom with a new teacher is enough to make even this feisty redhead a bit nervous. And when she has serious trouble reading the blackboard, she find out she needs glasses! How does the beloved Junie survive these elementary-school horrors? With a sense of humor and a new friend named Herb.

Fans of this popular series will be very familiar with Junie B.'s wild and spontaneous antics, so it's no surprise when she darts from her father's arms on her anxious first day of first grade. She is momentarily distracted when she spots a glimmer of hope -- her very best friend from kindergarten, Lucille, is in her class. Lucille is less than ecstatic and informs Junie B. that while they were best friends last year, it's time for someone else to get a turn. Their names are Camille and Chenille, and they're twins. The oddity and magic of these identical sisters is not lost on Junie B., who excitedly wants to touch them before a line forms. But Lucille informs her that she is the twins' best friend, not Junie's. "Don't be sad, okay?" she said. "You and I can still be friends, Junie B. Just not on a regular basis." A comment riddled with the matter-of-fact nature and innocence of a first-grader.

The bus ride home does not look promising, either, as Grace, her bus buddy of the previous year, has found another girlfriend to sit with. Things look bad when Mr. Woo, the bus driver, yells at her to sit down. She plops next to Herb, a kid in her new class. When Junie mumbles that her best friends are dropping like flies and first grade is a flop, Herb agrees. And it seems Junie B. has made a new friend.

Junie's teacher, Mr. Scary, gives the students a journal to write in, to capture all their thoughts and ideas. Junie is wary of such a practice but agrees nonetheless. Throughout the story, her journal is shown, in the familiar handwriting of a new writer. It also shows her anxiety when Mr. Scary assigns them to read the blackboard and draw the pictures of the words displayed. The problem? She can't see a darn thing. Sentences like "Bob is a bug bag" and "I like my Hog spit" are not exactly what was on the board. So, after Mr. Scary's persuasion and some tests with the nurse, it is confirmed -- this little girl needs glasses.

When Junie finally gets her new glasses, she knows there is only one thing to do -- show them at show-and-tell and get it over with. After May shows her kindergarten report card and Shirley sings about her turkey sandwich, Junie stands up and pulls out her new glasses. When May's mean laugh fills the room, it is Herb who comes to rescue, jumping up and declaring that they are cool, that Junie B. is special and possibly has X-ray vision. A very glowing review in the elementary-school set.

Every Junie B. comment is marked with a hefty dose of honesty, clarity, and sass. The girl is a trip, keeping young readers (and the parents who read over their shoulder) in stitches. Creator Barbara Park has an astounding ability to tap into the mind of this spectacular girl and chronicle the life of a five-year-old with expert flair. And while laughs are a big part of Park's series, Junie B. also acts as a marvelous stepping stone for youngsters just beginning chapter books. With just the right amount of text, and those ever-so-amusing drawings of the lively Junie throughout the book, kids are sure to fall in love with reading for a lifetime. (Amy Barkat)

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Random House Children's Books
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Junie B. Jones Series , #18
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Meet 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.

Denise Brunkus's entertaining illustrations have appeared in over 50 books, including each Junie B. title. She lives in Massachussetts with her husband and daughter.

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Brief Biography

Scottsdale, Arizona
Date of Birth:
April 21, 1947
Place of Birth:
Mt. Holly, New Jersey
B.S., University of Alabama, 1969

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