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."
The Barnes & Noble Review
On with the show! Everyone's favorite first-grader delivers a hilarious halftime performance in Barbara Park's 22nd entry in the Junie B. Jones series.
When she kicks her mom's cow-painted watering can by "accident," Junie gets an unpleasant toe injury, putting her right out of the first-grade kickball tournament. Classmate Sheldon then bumps his head as she's describing her woes to the class, so instead of sitting on the tournament sidelines, the two volunteer to be the tournament's halftime entertainment. Junie hatches a plan to learn juggling, and Sheldon offers to play the cymbals and sing, but when the time comes for them to perform, her pal gets cold feet and takes off. What will Junie do? Garner her confidence and put on a great show, of course!
With more hilarious antics and that zippy voice that fans have come to adore, Junie will surely charm your socks off yet again. She's one heroine who deserves all the cheers she gets. Matt Warner
Lovers of Junie will welcome this next installment, when the first grade kickball tournament takes place only Junie can't play because of an injured toe. She, a classmate Sheldon, and Mr. Scary, the teacher, fall upon the idea of a halftime show complete with cymbals and juggling. Only Junie can't juggle yet and practices madly but not very confidently. But she manages to pull it off when the fans throw leftover lunch biscuits at her and, in crunch time, Junie delivers. The feisty heroine of her own story manages to have readers laughing at the way she sees things and says them. Brunkus gives an endearing and contemporary look to the characters and in nine short chapters coming in at under 80 pages, newly launched readers will move right through this book in the "Junie B. Jones" series. 2003, Random House, Ages 6 to 9.
Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-In this adventure, Junie B. is sidelined by an injury and cannot participate in the first-grade kickball tournament. When her teacher offers her a chance to be a cheerleader, stage fright almost ruins her halftime performance, but the irrepressible protagonist comes through in the end. Text and illustrations work well together. Junie's distinct and authentic voice speaks to beginning chapter-book readers. Her journal entries (complete with corrected spelling mistakes) are a nice counterpoint to the straightforward plot. Classroom politics, family dynamics, and the frustrations and triumphs of growing up are treated with humor and hope. This will be a hit where the series is popular.-Ellen M. Riordan, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.