Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy (Junie B. Jones Series #12)

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There's going to be a Pet Day at school—only the rule is No Dogs! And that's the only kind of pet Junie B. has! If Mother won't let her get a new pet, then Junie B. will have to take matters into her own hands. Maybe a jar of ants? Or a wiggly worm? Or—could it be—something even better? The world's funniest kindergartner is back in her twelfth book!

Frustrated because the rules for her class's Pet Day will not let her take her dog to school, Junie B. Jones considers ...

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Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy (Junie B. Jones Series #12)

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Overview

There's going to be a Pet Day at school—only the rule is No Dogs! And that's the only kind of pet Junie B. has! If Mother won't let her get a new pet, then Junie B. will have to take matters into her own hands. Maybe a jar of ants? Or a wiggly worm? Or—could it be—something even better? The world's funniest kindergartner is back in her twelfth book!

Frustrated because the rules for her class's Pet Day will not let her take her dog to school, Junie B. Jones considers taking a raccoon, a worm, a dead fish, and other unusual replacements.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Tracy Defina
Junie B. Jones, the funny kindergartner, is back. It's pet day at school, but she can't just bring any pet. Junie wants to bring her dog, but the rules say caged animals only. Although she is allowed to bring a picture, she wants to bring a real animal. Will it be Grandma Miller's bird she hates, a worm she can't find, or a dead fly? When Grandma and Grandpa return from a fishing trip with a huge large-mouthed bass, Junie thinks her problem is solved. Then Grandma steals her new pet. Finally, in the freezer of all places, Junie finds the perfect pet: a fish stick. Young readers may enjoy this silly story about a demanding little girl, but be aware that her improper English doesn't set the best example for writing and speaking.
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: 9780679891307
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Series: Junie B. Jones Series , #12
  • Pages: 66
  • Sales rank: 97,731
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 330L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.65 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Park

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.

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

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Chapter 4: Ooey Gooey

"EEEW! YUCK! IT'S A WORM! IT'S A WORM! GET IT OFF ME, GRANDMA! GET IT OFF RIGHT NOW!" I yelled.

Grandma Miller quick took back the worm.

"For heaven's sake, Junie B. What in the world is the matter with you? It's just a baby earthworm. Look how teeny he is. This little fellow would make a wonderful pet."

I did a huffy breath at her.

"Yeah, only worms cannot be pets, Grandma. 'Cause pets have fur so you can pet them. And worms just have ooey gooey skin."

Grandma Miller looked surprised at me.

"Don't be silly," she said. "Not all pets have fur. My bird Twitter doesn't have fur, and he's a pet. And goldfish don't have fur. And hermit crabs don't have fur. And lizards don't have fur. And-"

I covered my ears with my hands.

"Okay, okay. Enough with the fur," I said. "But worms don't have eyes or ears, either. And they don't have legs or tails or feet or necks. And they don't chirp or bark or cluck or meow. And so what kind of stupid pet do you call that?"

Grandma Miller thought and thought.

Then she smiled real big.

"I'd call that the kind of pet that won't wake up the neighbors or sniff the company or scratch himself silly," she said back.

After that, she stood up. And she gave the baby earthworm to Mother.

"I'll leave this little guy with your mother for now," she said. "You can think it over and see if you want to keep him. I'll check back with you later."

Then she kissed me on my head.

And she grabbed the ice chest.

And she hurried out the door.


Mother looked at the baby worm in her hand. "My goodness. You are alittle one, aren't you?" she said.

She got an empty mayonnaise jar out of the cabinet.

Then she poked holes in the lid for air. And she put the baby worm inside of it.

Mother looked at him in there.

"You don't even know where you are, do you, little fella?" she said. "I bet it's kind of scary in there all by yourself."

I turned my back on her. 'Cause I knew what she was up to, that's why.

"You can't make me like him, Mother," I said. "Nobody can make me like him."

"Of course not," said Mother. "But just because you don't like him, doesn't mean I can't like him."

She talked to the worm some more.

"Hmm. Maybe you'd be happier if you had some dirt to crawl around in," she said. "Let's go outside and see what we can do."

After that, Mother put on her jacket. And she went outside. And she digged in the dirt from her garden.

She came inside and showed me the jar.

It looked kind of cute in there.

There was a rock and a stick and a dandelion and some clovers.

I peeked at the baby worm.

He peeked back, I think.

"Yeah, only I still don't like him," I said kind of softer.

I rocked back and forth on my feet.

"And anyway... even if I did like him, I don't know what worms eat. And so what would I even feed that guy?"

Mother ruffled my hair.

"Are you kidding? That's the best part about worms," she said. "They get all of their food right from the soil. You don't have to feed them anything at all."

Just then, my baby brother started to cry.

"Uh-oh. The baby's crying," she said. "Here. Take this."

Then she quick handed me the jar.

And she runned right out of the room.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012

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    Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good I love her books

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    Posted October 23, 2012

    Lov it

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    Posted September 9, 2012

    Teresie cakes

    Best book ever i love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Awesome book

    I love the cuteness of the book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Bye bye, Harry Potter!!!! Move over Move over,Harry Potter

    I think Junie B. Jones is AWESOME!!!!BYE BYE HRRY POTTER!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2011

    This book is fantastic!

    I liked when Junie B. Jones said that Grandma Miller stole Sparkle.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Excellent book

    Lil sis loved this book so much! She loves them all but this is her fav.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Junie smelles somthing fishie

    I thought this book was funney i liked it a lot

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2011

    Jodi and abby Chdjgf Jodi and abby

    This book makes my and my daughter laugh over and over again

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    Face book

    Oh i dont have that one i want that hey i smell somthing fishy beause im in a fish farm

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2011

    wow wow wow .

    what a great book junie b jones smells something fishy .By barbara park if you like junie b books read the junie b jones books in this story junie has pet day , she does not know what pet to bring . she stuck because she has a dog and her teacher Mrs. said no dogs allowed and she has a problem so what pet is she going to bring . read the book to find out and I love this book because it is funny .

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  • Posted April 11, 2011

    junie b jones

    i am a kid and i loved that loved that book because it is soo funny. when i an down i read junie b jones to make me feel good. i always think i can relate to her. we gave somthings in common like...we wear crazy things,we talk to our stuffed animmals,and we love to run and scream.

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  • Posted January 18, 2010

    Encourages children to read.

    Easy read fun stories, can be purchased individually or sets. Great gifts, reasonable cost.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

    Funny Stories

    Our 7 year old granddaughter LOVES these books - pretty soon we've bought the whole series. She is now reading the books to her younger brothers & trying to teach them to read as well.

    All 3 children love these books - so there has to be something really interesting to keep their attention - the learning or funny side or both.

    I was happy someone told me about these books for the young children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2009

    Another hilarious Junie B!

    We continue to laugh at Barbara Park's imagination in these books! Never a dull moment when Junie B. is around. My girls love these books and they encourage their love for reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2007

    It's so funny

    Junie B. Jones smells something fishy is a really funny book,especially when she brings a.......(I can't tell you) to school for pet day and her pet wins a prize!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2005

    I Love this book

    My favorite character in the book is Junie B. Jones because she is funny and she is the main character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2001

    It was great

    It was great! It was really funny when for pet day she brought a.... oh wait i'm not going to tell you! You have to read it for yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2000

    Junie B. Jones

    I love this book. I loved how Junie B. trys to find a pet for pet day. It was funny. I would tell people to read this book from tje ages 6-9.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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