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."
On her family's vacation to Hawaii, little Junie B. yearns for a picture-perfect day, an afternoon when she can take flawless photos with her fancy new camera. But the entire world (especially those grouchy women on the plane) seems to be conspiring against our budding first-grade Dorothea Lange.
The unique and adorable voice of Junie B. delights her audience as she bubbles over with excitement about going on a vacation. She finds herself in quite the pickle when her teacher asks her to keep a picture journal of her trip to Hawaii. It seems simple to Junie B. She clicks off pictures and puts them in the picture diary. Well, Mr. Scary makes it a little complicated when he expects her to write simple captions under the pictures. Junie B. can handle that until her adventure in Hawaii starts with her being stuck between two grouchy ladies on the airplane. It has to get better, but it doesn't. One picture after another and Junie B. still is not having her dream vacation, until her new friend, Don, takes her family into the wilds of Hawaii where Junie B. becomes everyone's hero. Again Barbara Park takes her wonderful Junie B. character and shows her young readers how to make a vacation fun and educational. Junie B. may be creating her own travel guides before long. As an educator, I wonder if the voice of Junie B. is more of a misplaced kindergartner then an actual 1st grader. I love Junie B., but she needs to mature a little more to keep up with her readers. My trip to Hawaii through Junie B's eyes still makes me smile and I can't wait to have a student read her next adventure to me. Aloha! 2006, Random House, and Ages 5 to 7.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Readers will happily board the plane with precocious Junie B. as she sets off for Hawaii with her parents. Her school assignment is to complete a photo journal documenting her vacation, but from the start it's clear that her adventures are really misadventures. Her first photo captures two "grouchpots," one in the seat in front of Junie B., and the other behind. Clearly, neither passenger is pleased with the girl's seat kicking, endless chatter, or imaginative games with stuffed elephant Philip Johnny Bob and Barbie doll Delores. In the hotel gift shop, Junie insists on purchasing a parrot swim ring that proves much too small and gets stuck on her body for the entire trip. Later episodes include an unfortunate encounter with eels and jellyfish while snorkeling, and a bird that nests in Junie B.'s hair when she adorns herself with exotic flowers. Clever language and outrageous antics make this irrepressible youngster a standout character. Brunkus's delightful black-and-white illustrations are a delight.-Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.