A Laughable Look at How Wrong Things Can Go on the First Day of School
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus
by Barbara Park; Illustrated by Denise Brunkus
Series: Junie B. Jones (Book 1 of 27)
Publication Date: July 28, 1992
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
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Publisher SynopsisRemember when it was scary to go to school? ‘Cause it was your first day and you didn’t know anything. Meet Junie B. Jones, kindergartner. She’s so scared of the school bus and the meanies on it that when it’s time to go home, she doesn’t.
Kids are sure to love Junie B. Jones and her laughable antics! Whether parents will also be fans is dependent on their senses of humor. Junie B. –and please don’t forget the B! — is impulsive, impetuous, and short-fused. She’s a screamer! She gets words wrong, too. Some of her linguistic mistakes are from misunderstandings. Others are purposeful reworkings by an imaginative child.
Junie B.’s laugh-out-loud predicament on her first day of school harkens back to the kind of honest mess for which Beaver Cleaver, my favorite TV tyke from years past, was known. Junie B. gets into trouble for two reasons: there’s a lot she doesn’t know or understand, and where there are gaps in her knowledge, she fills in the blanks with hearsay from other kids funneled through and magnified by her imagination.
Sit in with Junie B. through her first meeting with her teacher — Junie B. calls her simply “Mrs.” because she can’t remember her name! — and then follow along on her first day of school. From the moment the school bus comes to pick up Junie B., you’ll know that you’re in for a bumpy but ever-so-funny ride! Scratch that — you’ll know from nearly the moment you meet Junie B. that no one can predict what this little spitfire is going to do or say!
— Dawn Teresa
4 of 5 Hearts. A Laughable Look at How Wrong Things Can Go on the First Day of School.
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus will have kids in fits of laughter and parents either laughing along or frowning with disapproval. Why? Because Junie B. is six years old and completely unfiltered. She’s reactive, impulsive, loud, and most of all, totally unpredictable.
When I opened my mailbox the other day, these are the goodies I found waiting for me!
A free Junie B. Jones book and bookmark courtesy of Random House’s Junie B. Jones Kids’ Reading Club.
*Looks like the club was so popular that supplies have run out on the starter kits, but if you are interested, there are still other goodies to enjoy!