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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

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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.


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.

Editorial Reviews

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)

Children's Literature
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.
Kirkus Reviews
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.
From the Publisher
"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."

From Booklist:
"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."

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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.

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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Junie B., First Grader (at Last!) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 125 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my son after he read the Junie B - Toothless Wonder for his book fair project. He really likes the Junie B series and seems to relate to the way that Junie B faces her day, friends, teacher, and family. In first grade my son had to switch schools which was difficult for him. Not only that, my son was going through vision therapy! So it seemed that he and Junie were going down the same path together! Its funny how a book can help you through transitions but I think this book helped my son to feel that others go through similar things and that it would all work out. If you want to get your kids involved with Junie B I would also suggest Toothless Wonder. My son picked this book for his Book Fair project. At first I just thought it was about Junie losing a tooth (which my son had recently done). After reading the book I was delighted to see that it spoke about how Junie felt about losing the tooth as well as tying the subject into Recycling. What a fun way to incorporate things that kids already relate to with larger topics like recycling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lov this book it shows how junieb grows up and also how she still is the normal girl we readers no about
Nina Menon More than 1 year ago
If your daughter is getting glasses then you should get this book! Hilarious Junie B. Jones is the one to cheer her up! Good for first or second graders!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great story about first grade. Junie B is fun and silly. I enjoyed the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It's so funny
Barbara Hess More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sure i may be old like 13 years old but i still like these books i can read them over over again they are good for all ages mainly younger kids about 6 or 7 even if you are my age you can still enjoy these books
blake41 More than 1 year ago
it is good
Guest More than 1 year ago
all of junie b jones books are good, the author(barbara parks) did a good job, since 1st grade i loved junie b jones and i still do, i hope the author is going to publish somemore books because those stories keep you laughing throughout the whole book.
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It so cool to read
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This book was outstanding
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Junie b is a very funny character she brings a smile to my face!;)
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I have added it to my wish list.Thats how much I like thisbook
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I awesome and i smart and i cute and i love me theres only 3people like this me myself and i yeah i also in 4th grade and im my name is Maddie Higgins but people call me Mad Mad bye
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Bad language and rude humor.SHOULD NOT READ!!!!!!!!
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Love, love, love Junie B books! Love reading these with my kids. Never disappointing!