Junie B., First Grader: Boss of Lunch (Junie B. Jones Series #19)

Junie B., First Grader: Boss of Lunch (Junie B. Jones Series #19)

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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!
 
Meet the World’s Funniest First Grader—Junie

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Overview

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! Something very wonderful is happening to Junie B. 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!
 
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.”
 
Time:
“Junie B. Jones is a feisty six-year-old with an endearing penchant for honesty.”

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Editorial Reviews

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."

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."

Publishers Weekly
Several popular series and protagonists continue in new titles. The titular heroine joins her favorite cafeteria lady, Mrs. Gutzman, by donning apron, mitts and a hair net, but things go a little haywire behind the lunch counter in Junie B., First Grader: Boss of Lunch by Barbara Park, illus. by Denise Brunkus, the latest installment in the bestselling series. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
In the nineteenth entry in the "Junie B. Jones" series, Junie has moved on to first grade and is keeping a journal. Several entries are included in the text, along with a blue ribbon bookmark. Junie loves her new lunchbox and can't keep from opening it, which occasions a class argument about which is better, "bought" or "brought" lunch. When Junie discovers that a beloved aide from kindergarten is now working in the cafeteria, she is able, somewhat improbably but never mind, to help out behind the counter. She gets her own hairnet, plastic "mitts," and a chance to lord it over her classmates, which she does, calling the lunch of the day "tuna noodle stinkle." That makes her lose her job. Fans of the irrepressible and precocious six-year-old will lap up this morsel, but it, like a cheese doodle, lacks much substance or nutritional value. 2002, Random House,
— Susan Hepler
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Junie B. is excited because she has a brand-new lunch box. She can't resist sneaking peeks in it during class and is caught by her teacher. The child instigates a discussion about why brought lunches are better than bought lunches and sums it all up by saying, "'Cause brought lunches are made special by our very own mothers!" Later that day at lunch, she sees a cafeteria worker who used to bring milk and cookies to Junie B.'s kindergarten class, and asks why her class doesn't get them this year. The woman explains that first graders get cookies when they buy their lunch. Junie B. convinces Mrs. Gutzman to let her be a helper in the cafeteria where she thinks that she'll be the boss and get to eat as many cookies as she wants. This cleverly written beginning chapter book is as funny as ever and young readers will laugh with the child as she learns that working in a cafeteria isn't just about eating cookies. A few black-and-white drawings in each chapter capture the confident little girl and her many adventures.-Kristin de Lacoste, South Regional Public Library, Pembroke Pines, FL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Junie is adjusting to the new world of first grade, where she is learning to follow rules and settle down-at least a little bit. She has a new lunchbox and she just cannot keep her hands off of it. Mr. Scary, her teacher, has exhorted her to leave it alone until lunchtime, even if she is extolling the virtues of a homemade lunch. "'Cause brought lunches are made special by our very own mothers!" May, the prissy, perfect girl who loves to annoy Junie is more than happy to tattle on her or to point out the virtues of the cafeteria lunch. "All school lunches have to be delicious and nutritious. It's a rule." Junie is left with her sandwich while the children all choose a cafeteria hoagie. Well, rules are made to be broken and no one can break them quite like Junie B. She ends up as a lunch helper, fancying herself as being in charge of the kitchen, despite her mother's gentle admonition: "A helper is not the boss." Though she loves her job as the napkin arranger and sink sponger, she is cut down to size when she is asked to greet the older kids. Park's particular gift is her ability to have Junie, the narrator, add interesting vocabulary and phrases to her speech. She really seems older than the Junie in the kindergarten books, more real, and more sympathetic. Who couldn't relate to the little girl who wants to help but somehow manages to call the lunch "Tuna Noodle Stinkle" and compounds the mistake by screeching it at the top of her lungs? Hooray for Junie and hooray for the grown-ups in her life who accept her, loud mouth and all.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375802942
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
05/13/2003
Series:
Junie B. Jones Series, #19
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
77
Sales rank:
38,164
Product dimensions:
5.13(w) x 7.63(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile:
330L (what's this?)
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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Junie B., First Grader: Boss of Lunch (Junie B. Jones Series #19) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 89 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Purchased this book for my first grade daughter. Her teacher has been reading the Junie B. Jones series to the class. They are full of humor and make my daughter laugh. She can read them to herself or sometimes we read them together.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Boss of Lunch" was a great book. I highly recommend this book for readers from ages 5-7. In it, Junie B. gets a chance to work "behind the counter" with her favorite cookie-bringer Mrs. Gutzman. It is very funny. Junie B. strikes again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Junie ,B is so fun and funny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best junnie b. Book EVER!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how this book is FUN for kids.it shows them that sometimes u can let loose. You can sometimes use bad grammer and look outside the world of jobs.luv it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brings back the grade-school lunch memories. An enjoyable read. I read this book with my hubby and 6-yr old...we laughed together. Junie B. Jones gets so excitied to help Gladys Gutzman in the cafeteria. My only question is.... where is Meanie Jim??? I miss reading about him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In every book she has it has inappropiet words .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. I love to read. Hi You Should Read This Book Awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book at first i thout it was shoes but still love it
Michael McNamara More than 1 year ago
Its good
Anonymous 9 months ago
Love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In every book she writes INAPPROPRIATE words ...... ya right you did not even spell it right.you sure you spelled that right! :o
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The picsure was stopied but it was grate i read this book in: 1 hour and 1 day. Ok bye! Ps you neavr know what i am going to say. Girls go to Colege to get more nolege Boys go to jopiter to get more stopedr Ps agian if your mom is reding this that is bad.
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Ameya be making it worse
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Junie you are the coolest preson in the U•S•A•
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I is wonderful book
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