The Barnes & Noble Review
We all love Miss Junie B. Jones, the wonderfully outrageous and infinitely amusing six-year-old created by author Barbara Park.
In Junie B. Jones Is a Graduation Girl, our little moppet is set to graduate from kindergarten into the mysterious first grade, where she wonders if she'll see her friends, her school, or her principal again. Then she receives her starched white graduation gown -- a garment simply made for twirling about and dancing -- and all such worries go out of her head. In spite of her teacher's warning not to touch the caps and gowns until graduation day, Junie can't resist trying them on for everyone: Mom, Grandpa, even her stuffed animal friends. Before she knows it, there's purple grape juice on her gown. (As Junie puts it, "Grape juice can go wrong.") Devastated, she hides the evidence until the big day, when she dresses at school. When her purple stains are discovered, she bursts into tears -- but in a commendable act of kindness and friendship, her classmates dot their gowns with colored markers so Junie will not stand out.
Barbara Park has created a one-of-a-kind character with Junie B. Jones. With each book in this delightful series, we are invited to enter the mind of a hilarious, quick-witted, and buoyant work of wonder. (Amy Barkat)
Delightfulthis new edition to the "Junie B. Jones" series is simply delightful. It is a great read for both young and old. In this book, Junie B. is graduating from kindergarten, and with all of her quirks and penchant for trouble, she stirs up a hilarious story. This is a great book for those young readers who, like Junie B, are afraid of moving on to first grade or for those just beginning school and want to learn more about the mysterious world of kindergarten. Learn along with Junie B. as she discovers what a cap and gown are and what a diploma is. Then, laugh along with her as she attempts to keep her white cap and gown from getting dirty, which she soon discovers is an impossible feat, especially when there is grape juice around. This Junie B. book, as well as the other books in the series, is sure to entertain. 2001, Random House, $11.99 and $3.99. Ages 4 to 7. Reviewer: Sheree Van Vreede
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:
"Park is truly a funny writer. Although Junie B. is a kindergartner, she's sure to make middle graders laugh out loud."