Junie B. has the frights over Halloween in Barbara Park's 24th episode about the famous first grader. This time, thanks to Paulie Allen Puffer's "5 scary secrets" about Halloween, Junie is ultra-nervous that the holiday is filled with actual monsters and witches that go trick-or-treating incognito, foot-eating pumpkins, clawing black witch cats, and other ghastly horrors. Poor Junie is on the verge of bowing out of Halloween entirely when she conjures up a foolproof plan: Be scarier than the monsters by dressing as Squirty the Clown, who previously frightened the dickens out of Grandma Miller with an overactive seltzer bottle. Will Junie be able to conquer her fears? Readers will laugh themselves silly finding out, and parents will be thankful that Junie is setting a great example about being brave and not scaring others. A deliciously hilarious treat for your collection.
For most kids, Halloween is one big treat; for first-grader Junie B., it's an entire day of menace. Dangers lurk in every shadow on this scary holiday. Junie worries that costume witches and monsters are real, and she suspects that pumpkins with sharp teeth can eat your feet. And don't even get her started about candy corn.
Barbara Park's latest, Junie B., First Grader: Boo... and I Mean It!, illus. by Denise Brunkus, finds the indefatigable star a bit apprehensive of trick-or-treating: "I'm going to see real, actual monsters and witches! Plus I'll probably be coming home with a bat in my hair." (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Junie B. Jones has a Halloween secret. She's scared of trick-or-treating. She's not a scaredy-cat baby though. Paulie Allen Puffer told her five truths about Halloween that he learned from his eighth grade brother that would keep anyone with a brain off the streets on that night. Only, her mother doesn't know these five secrets and Junie B. Jones would face a wart for a head if she told her. Junie B. is forced to get creative and finagle a custome that will keep her safe on the most frightening night of the year. Philip Johnny Bob, her stuffed elephant acts as Junie's confidant and supporter during this holiday. As in the other Junie B. books, this one is another hilarious account of a day in the life of this first grader. A normally fearless girl, Junie B. shows a different side of herself, and uses her bravery and creativity to overcome her fear. This book is a great contribution to Barbara Park's already stellar series of books. 2004, Random House, Ages 4 to 8.
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."