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Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook (Junie B. Jones Series #9)

Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook (Junie B. Jones Series #9)

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by Barbara Park, Denise Brunkus (Illustrator)

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Junie B.'s missing mittens are not in the Lost and Found. So when she finds a wonderful pen on the floor, it's only fair that she should get to keep it, right? Right?


Junie B.'s missing mittens are not in the Lost and Found. So when she finds a wonderful pen on the floor, it's only fair that she should get to keep it, right? Right?

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School Library Journal
Gr 2-3--Junie's kindergarten classmates convince her that an invisible monster lives under her bed. Her parents and grandmother are unable to convince her otherwise until Junie hits upon the idea of putting her unflattering school picture under the bed to frighten the monster. In Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook, the little girl discovers that "finders keepers losers weepers" is not an appealing philosophy when she loses the special gloves her grandfather gave her and the child who finds them doesn't take them to the lost and found. Junie's first-person narration is sprinkled with deliberate grammatical errors and misunderstood word usage in an attempt to show a five-year-old's viewpoint ("I runned home," "They got stoled on purpose."). Precocious use of sophisticated language is also used to achieve an intended humorous effect. The black-and-white, full- and half-page illustrations reflect Junie's cockeyed view of the world and will help attract beginning chapter-book readers. The issues the child is dealing with are right on target for the intended age group, but Junie's personality is more annoying than endearing and the humor lacks freshness and spontaneity. Buy where the series is popular.--Lisa Smith, Lindenhurst Memorial Library, NY
From the Publisher
"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."

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

Random House Childrens Books
Publication date:
Junie B. Jones Series
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Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Read an Excerpt

Chapter 1: No Good Reason

My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all.

Here is a story for you.

It is called "Once Upon a Time My Grandfather Named Frank Miller Went to the Store and He Bought Me Some Mittens."

Once upon a time my grandfather named Frank Miller went to the store and he bought me some mittens. They are made out of black furry fur.

And guess what? It was not even my birthday! Or Christmas! Or Valentine's Day! Plus the mittens were not even on sale!

Grampa Miller just bought them for no good reason! And that is the bestest reason I ever heard of!

That's how come I love that guy very much.

Plus also he can skip.

The end.

I love that story a real lot.

'Cause guess why?

I didn't even make it up, that's why!

That adventure actually happened to me! My grampa Miller really did buy me mittens for no good reason!

And they are gorgeous, I tell you!

When I first opened them, I got filled with glee.

Glee is when you run. And jump. And skip. And laugh. And clap. And dance on top of the dining room table.

Then your mother takes you down from the table. And she carries you to your room for a time-out.

Time-outs kill the glee.

I wore my new mittens the whole entire morning. Plus also I wore them to afternoon kindergarten.

I wore them with my attractive winter jacket. Only it wasn't actually cold out. Only who even cares? 'Cause that outfit looked very beautiful together.

I showed my mittens to my bestest friend named Grace. Also, I showedthem to a variety of strangers.

After I got to school, I held my hands over my head. And I runned all over the playground.


I waved them all around in the air.


Nobody raised their hands.


Nobody came forward.

I put my hands back down and walked to that Grace.

"I couldn't create any interest," I said very glum.

Only guess what? Just then, I spotted my other bestest friend named Lucille!

I ran my fastest to greet her.


Lucille petted them.

"My family has lots of fur," she said. "My mother has a fur cape. And my aunt has a fur jacket. And my uncle has a fur hat. Plus my nanna just bought a brand-new mink coat. Only she can't wear it outside the house. Or else people will throw paint on her."

My mouth came all the way open.

"Why, Lucille? Why will people throw paint on your nanna?" I asked.

Lucille crossed her arms.

"Don't you know anything, Junie B. Jones? It's because people who love furry animals don't like them being made into coats for nannas."

Just then, I felt relief in me. 'Cause I'm not even a nanna, that's why. And besides, my mittens aren't even made out of real furry animals. They are made out of fake furry animals. And so those kind don't even count.

All of a sudden, the bell rang for school.

I zoomed to my room like a speeding rocket.

'Cause guess why?

More people to show my mittens to!

That's why!

From the Hardcover Library Binding edition.

Meet the Author

BARBARA PARK is best known as the author of the wildly popular New York Times bestselling Junie B. Jones series, which has kept kids (and their grown-ups) laughing—and reading—for over two decades. Beloved by millions, the Junie B. Jones books have been translated into multiple languages and are a time-honored staple in elementary school classrooms around the world. Barbara once said, “I’ve never been sure whether Junie B.’s fans love her in spite of her imperfections…or because of them. But either way, she’s gone out into the world and made more friends than I ever dreamed possible.”

Barbara Park is also the author of award-winning middle grade novels and bestselling picture books, including Skinnybones, Mick Harte Was Here, and Ma! There’s Nothing to Do Here!

Barbara Park was born in New Jersey in 1947 and spent most of her adult life in Arizona, where she and her husband, Richard, raised two sons. Barbara died in 2013, but her legacy lives on in the laughter her books give to readers all over the world.

Brief Biography

Scottsdale, Arizona
Date of Birth:
April 21, 1947
Place of Birth:
Mt. Holly, New Jersey
B.S., University of Alabama, 1969

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Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook (Junie B. Jones Series #9) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 178 reviews.
51427 More than 1 year ago
Junie B. Jones is the series title character and main protagonist. She lives with her parents, Robert and Susan Jones, and her baby brother, Oliver, or "Ollie." She is five years old in the Kindergarten adventures, and six years old in the first grade. In Kindergarten, her two best friends are Lucille and Grace. In first grade, her best friends are Herb, Jose, and Lennie. Junie B. has two rivals throughout the series, a boy named Jim in kindergarten and a girl named May in first grade. In kindergarten, her classroom is Room Nine, and in First Grade, Room One. Junie B.'s favorite foods are spaghetti and meatballs, lemon pie, and ice cream. She has many catchphrases, such as "Wowie wow wow!", "Yeah, only", and "Hello! How are you today?". She is afraid of roosters because she thinks "they can peck your head into a nub", ponies because she thinks "they can stomple you to the ground and kill you", and clowns because she thinks "they are not normal people." i love this series of books because its easy to read and is fun to read. this book is my favorite book out of the series. by Kiley church!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My little first grade sister loves these books a great read!:)
Veronica Wesson More than 1 year ago
Junie B jones is a funny book taht yuoger and older kids wold enjoy and im 10
dame More than 1 year ago
My 3rd grader love the June B. Jones series, it has made reading time much more enjoyable. She said the book is very funny and she liked reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book i ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extremly funny!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg i love this book it is like so awesome loveee iiittttttttttttttttt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the humor!
bookwormJW More than 1 year ago
Both my son and daughter love all the Junie B. Jones books. They are very funny and I recommend them for elementary school age children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Before playing 'horsies' with her friends Junie B. sets her new furry gloves by a tree. But,OH NO! When she comes back they're gone! She's set on the idea that one of those meanie big kids stole them. She starts blaming everybody. Then her teacher shows her the lost and found. Sure enough her gloves are in there,but Junie B. sees more items that are in the lost and found that she wants and claims that was hers. Then one day Junie B. finds a pen by the water fountain.....she wants to keep it herself,but will she? Or will she relize how it feels to lose something and bring it to lost and found? Read the book to find out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've always had a place in my heart for Junie B. Jones, as well as all the other books I read when I was in Kindergarten. Now, even though I'm WAY beyond them, I still read them when I'm bored. True confessions of a bookaholic. These books are great for an advanced kindergarten reader or any other kid who's graduated to chapter books. Though, when you're about nine and you've decided you're too cool for Junie B. hold onto the books for a bit or at least give them to someone else. You'll feel good and, someday when you're an old, crochety twelve year old, you'll remember the days when you laughed your little butt off at a certain six year old. Don't buy this if you are over the age of eight. It's not the same experience. Love you guys!-Book Critic Extraordinair
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am much older than the age required to read this, and love to read reminants of my childhood wherever I find them. I still love junie as much as I did when I was six.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it and something else
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im 12 and i still love junie b jones! Barbara park is genius!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I looooove junie-b-books!!!!!!!there really good!!! You should get it!! Trust me it is worth the money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my seven year old daughter to get her started on reading chapter books. She did not want to put it down and actually read the book in 2 days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook for my birthday,and it's so great!I love all of the funny covers. The way Junie B.uses her grammer the wrong way is so funny.I love all of the Junie B. books.I like the way Junie B. calls Jim,that meanie Jim,or,IHATE YOU,YOU BIG DUMB JIM!Also I like when Junie B.gets mad at Lucille she calls her :YOU DUMB BUNNY LUCLLE!It makes me laugh so hard!
Anonymous 8 months ago
Not recamend for ages 10+
Anonymous 11 months ago
It is a really good book
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She told me it was good
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book love it