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

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


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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
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 87,493
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.63(h) x 0.21(d)
Lexile: 330L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 8 Years

About 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.


Scottsdale, Arizona

Date of Birth:

April 21, 1947

Place of Birth:

Mt. Holly, New Jersey


B.S., University of Alabama, 1969

Read an Excerpt

Chapter 4: Ooey Gooey


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 a little 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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Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy (Junie B. Jones Series #12) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good I love her books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever i love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the cuteness of the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think Junie B. Jones is AWESOME!!!!BYE BYE HRRY POTTER!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked when Junie B. Jones said that Grandma Miller stole Sparkle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 .
josh brown More than 1 year ago
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.
fanPA More than 1 year ago
Easy read fun stories, can be purchased individually or sets. Great gifts, reasonable cost.
PACEastRutherford More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My favorite character in the book is Junie B. Jones because she is funny and she is the main character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really really good and funny I loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so funny and histarical.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
for little kids like in first and second grade
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I think that this book is really good i recamend little kids to read this book
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This book stinks Says VOLEYBALLSTAR
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Hi.times 16
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Junie b. Jones is sssssssssso halaris and I mean it