Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus (Junie B. Jones Series #1)

Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus (Junie B. Jones Series #1)

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by Barbara Park
     
 

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Introducing Junie B. Jones, that lovable, mischievous kindergartner, in her hilarious first book, as she tells all about how she gets locked in school on her very first day!

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Introducing Junie B. Jones, that lovable, mischievous kindergartner, in her hilarious first book, as she tells all about how she gets locked in school on her very first day!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
One of the initial titles released under the First Stepping Stone imprint, chapter books aimed at newly independent readers and arranged in series, Park's ( Skinnybones ) jolly caper is the first installment to feature Junie B., a feisty almost-six-year-old who is not at all happy about riding the bus on the first day of kindergarten. In fact, she doesn't like a single thing about this vehicle: not the kids who get on it (``Loud kids. And some of them were the kind who look like meanies''); not the door (``If it closes on you by accident, it will cut you in half, and you will make a squishy sound''); and not the black smoke it emits (``It's called bus breath, I think''). Other equally candid, on-target perceptions fill Junie B.'s first-person narrative, which is peppered with reader-involving questions (``Only guess what?''; `` 'Cause guess why?'') that help to propel the story at a whiz-bang pace. When a classmate tells Junie B. that kids will pour chocolate milk on her head on the way home, the spunky child finds a way to avoid the dreaded bus. Park convinces beginning readers that Junie B.-- and reading--are lots of fun. Ages 6-9. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3 --Park is truly a funny writer. Although Junie B. is a kindergartner, she's sure to make middle graders laugh out loud when they read about her adventures on the first day of school. Even the most insecure readers will feel superior because they know so much more than she does. Brunkus's occasional black-and-white pencil illustrations are appealing and reinforce the mood of the text. Junie B. is a real character; she talks a lot, is funny without knowing it, and honest to a fault. This book will get lots of peer recommendations, and younger kids will enjoy listening to it when read aloud. It's a real hoot! --Gale W. Sherman, Pocatello Pub . Lib . , ID
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:
"Park is truly a funny writer. Although Junie B. is a kindergartner, she's sure to make middle graders laugh out loud."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679826422
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
07/28/1992
Series:
Junie B. Jones Series, #1
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
52,862
Product dimensions:
5.19(w) x 7.56(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile:
380L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

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Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus


By Barbara Park

Random House Books for Young Readers

Copyright © 2007 Barbara Park
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0375841563

Chapter 3: The Stupid Smelly Bus

The bus wasn't like my daddy's car at all. It was very big inside. And the seats didn't have any cloth on them.

The little curly girl was sitting near the front. And so I tapped on her.

"Guess what?" I said. "Mother said for me to sit here."

"No!" she said. "I'm saving this seat for my best friend, Mary Ruth Marble!"

Then she put her little white purse on the place where I was going to sit.

And so I made a face at her.

"Hurry up and find a seat, young lady," said Mr. Woo.

And so I quick sat down across from the curly mean girl. And Mr. Woo shut the door.

It wasn't a regular kind of door, though. It folded in half. And when it closed, it made a whishy sound.

I don't like that kind of door. If it closes on you by accident, it will cut you in half, and you will make a squishy sound.

The bus made a big roar. Then a big puff of black smelly smoke came out the back end of it. It's called bus breath, I think.

Mr. Woo drove for a while. Then the brakes made that loud, screechy noise again. I covered my ears so it couldn't get inside my head. 'Cause if loud, screechy noises get inside your head, you have to take an aspirin. I saw that on a TVcommercial.

Then the bus door opened again. And a dad and a boy with a grouchy face got on.

The dad smiled. Then he plopped the grouchy boy right next to me.

"This is Jim," he said. "I'm afraid Jim isn't too happy this afternoon."

The dad kissed the boy good-bye. But the boy wiped it off his cheek.

Jim had on a backpack. It was blue.

I love backpacks. I wish I had one of my very own. One time I found a red one in a trash can. But it had a little bit of gushy on it, and Mother said no.

Jim's backpack had lots of zippers. I touched each one of them.

"One... two... three... four," I counted.

Then I unzipped one.

"HEY! DON'T!" yelled Jim.

He zipped it right up again. Then he moved to the seat in front of me.

I hate that Jim.

After that, the bus kept stopping and starting. And lots of kids kept getting on. Loud kids. And some of them were the kind who look like meanies.

Then the bus began getting very noisy and hot inside. And the sun kept shining down on me and my fuzzy hot sweater.

And here's another hot thing. I couldn't roll down my window because it didn't have a handle. And so I just kept on getting hotter and hotter.

And it smelled in the bus, too. The bus smelled like an egg salad sandwich.

"I want to get off of here," I said right out loud. But nobody heard me. "I hate it in this stupid smelly bus."

Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though. 'Cause I'm not a baby, that's why.

After that, my nose started running. Only the bus didn't have a glove compartment. Which is where you keep the travel tissues, of course. And so I had to wipe my nose on my fuzzy pink sweater sleeve.

Then I stayed on the bus for about an hour or three. Until finally I saw a flagpole and a playground.

That meant we were at kindergarten!

Then Mr. Woo drove the bus into the parking lot and stopped.

I jumped up very fast. 'Cause all I wanted to do was get off that stupid smelly thing!

Only guess what? That Jim pushed right in front of me. And the curly mean girl did, too. And then people started squishing me real tight. And so I pushed them away. And they pushed me right back.

That's when I fell down! And a big foot stepped on my skirt that looks like velvet.

"STOP IT!" I yelled.

Then Mr. Woo hollered, "HEY, HEY, HEY!"

And he picked me up. And helped me off the bus.

Mrs. was waiting for me just like my mother said.

"Hi! I'm glad to see you!" she called.

Then I ran over to her. And I showed her the big footprint on my skirt that looks like velvet.

"Yeah, only look what happened. I got stepped on and so now I'm soiled."

Mrs. brushed it. "Don't worry, Junie," she said. "It'll come off."

After that I just folded my arms and made a frown.

'Cause guess what?

She forgot my B. again.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Continues...

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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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus (Junie B. Jones Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 217 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Junie B. can really relate to kids. Her sticky situations and hilarious personality can even make adults laugh!!!! It's an easy read and a great book for kids to enjoy. The whole Junie B. series is just as good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story will bring smiles. The writer knows her subject, and Junie B. Jones has the charm of a typical character of her age. I recommend this story to all you light hearted readers who enjoy good stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 11 and i still love to kick back, relax with my junie b jones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made my little sister start laughing so hard the first time I read her this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would say that the whole junie-b-jones series is 1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000stars!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book that any person can read sometimes people ask me what are your favorite books and i have to say that the Junie B Jones are. People say they are made for littel kids but I say that no book is made for a littel kid. This book are about the funniest books ever I was intoduces to this book when I was about nine. just try them and i knoe that you will like them thank for reading this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think its perfeat for kids:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love barbara parks and all of the junie b jones book it nay seem for like a two year old to read i swear adults will love it my mom snuck into my room wen it was locked just to get the books ....... .........Anyways REad TNe
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Junie B. Jones may be silly, but she teaches some pretty good life lessons. Highly reccomended. 5 stars.
Jess Fletcher More than 1 year ago
Love it
Jashaun Register More than 1 year ago
this book is amazing
Hetal Amin More than 1 year ago
Junie B. Makes me feel like a child again. I think the way she talks is cute.Junie B.is a funny,sneaky,imaginative,little girl. I LOVE EVERY BOOK IN THE WHOLE SERIES!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Junie B Jones! Even tho im 11! Who doednt love junie ? Even my mom still loves junie! She also takes my nook at reads it at night when im asleep XD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The junie b books are so awesome i have already read them all
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome funny book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My little girl loves this book
Becky Dagostino More than 1 year ago
I have a lot ofbooks at home. I have been reading these since the 1st grade and wheneva im bored i just start reading and i luv to laugh,!!! I reccomened for 2nd and 3rd grade though
Roya Green More than 1 year ago
Adorable book!
Mackenzie Nix More than 1 year ago
this book awesome and cool at the same time
sherry scott More than 1 year ago
this book is wild
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first-grader loves Junie B Jones and this book will both read the story to her and let her read it herself. This is a perfect book to start your little on on the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Junie B. Is funny.cute.and fun to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the first books i read on my own. Cute. They never get old and are great for k-2nd graders. But i stil like them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My lil sis reads theese and this book probobly said this in the very begginning: based of the school bus 104
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it! I read it so much! i love it so much!