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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A Junie B. Jones Book, #19

Something very wonderful is happening to Junie B. Jones. And it’s called—hurray, hurray!—she’s getting to be a professional lunch lady! And that means hanging out with Mrs. Gutzman in the cafeteria. And standing behind the counter. And even wearing a real actual hair net! Who knows? Pretty soon…  See more details below

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A Junie B. Jones Book, #19

Something very wonderful is happening to Junie B. Jones. And it’s called—hurray, hurray!—she’s getting to be a professional lunch lady! And that means hanging out with Mrs. Gutzman in the cafeteria. And standing behind the counter. And even wearing a real actual hair net! Who knows? Pretty soon she could be the boss of the whole entire lunch operation!

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375902932
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Series:
Junie B. Jones Series, #18
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.53(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

BARBARA PARK (1947–2013) is beloved by millions as the author of the wildly popular Junie B. Jones series. She is also the author of award-winning middle-grade novels and picture books, including Skinnybones and Mick Harte Was Here. We are thankful for the laughter she’s given us and to millions of children.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Scottsdale, Arizona
Date of Birth:
April 21, 1947
Place of Birth:
Mt. Holly, New Jersey
Education:
B.S., University of Alabama, 1969
Website:
http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/junieb

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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
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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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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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Love, love, love Junie B books! Love reading these with my kids. Never disappointing!
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