Item description for Junie B. Jones and the Yucky Blucky Fruitcake (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) by Barbara Park & Denise Brunkus...
Overview Junie, a spunky, sometimes exasperating, kindergartener, looks forward to winning lots of prizes at the school carnival, but a fruit cake was not exactly what she had in mind
Publishers Description Meet the World's Funniest Kindergartner--Junie B. Jones "I'm the bestest winner in the world " With over 50 million books in print, Barbara Park's "New York Times" bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, is a classroom favorite and has been keeping kids laughing--and reading--for over 20 years In the 5th Junie B. Jones book, it's Carnival Night, and Lucille has already won a box of fluffy cupcakes with sprinkles on them. But when Junie B. wins the Cake Walk, she chooses the bestest cake of all--the one wrapped in sparkly aluminum foil. How was she to know it was a lethal weapon? "USA TODAY" "Junie B. is the darling of the young-reader set." "Publisher's Weekly" "Park convinces beginning readers that Junie B.--and reading--are lots of fun." "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." "Time Magazine" "Junie B. Jones is a feisty six-year-old with an endearing penchant for honesty."
Citations And Professional Reviews Junie B. Jones and the Yucky Blucky Fruitcake (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) by Barbara Park & Denise Brunkus has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 719
Booklist - 12/15/1995 page 705
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Studio: Random House Books for Young Readers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.58" Width: 5.15" Height: 0.26" Weight: 0.1 lbs.
Release Date Sep 19, 1995
Publisher Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN 0679866949 ISBN13 9780679866947 UPC 090129003990
Availability 0 units.
More About Barbara Park & Denise Brunkus
I grew up in Mt. Holly, New Jersey. It was a small town surrounded by farmland . . . the kind of town where you greet people by name on Main Street. It was only an hour's drive to the ocean. So every summer we spent family vacations on Long Beach Island. My brother and I would ride the waves during the day and play miniature golf at night. It's the kind of idyllic memory that stays in your head long after you've grown up and moved away.
After graduating from high school and spending two years at Rider University, I transferred to the University of Alabama where I met my husband, Richard. Eventually his job brought him to Arizona. We both fell in love with the desert and wanted to stay here forever. Still, during the heat of the Arizona summers, those ocean memories would come rushing back. So-after years of sweaty summers-my husband and I finally built a house on Long Beach Island, the same island where my brother and I rode the waves as kids. In the story business, that's called "coming full circle." These days, Richard and I divide our time between the desert and the ocean. In the words of Junie B. Jones, I'm a lucky duck.
Q. What inspired you to start writing?
In my case, it was sort of "reverse" inspiration. I got a degree in secondary education. My plan was to teach high school history and political science. But, because of a scheduling problem my senior year, I ended up doing my student teaching in the seventh grade. The word disaster doesn't really cover this one. I'll spare you the details. But as I ran screaming from the school building every day, I knew that I would never be a teacher. My husband and I married after graduation, and started a family. A few years later, when I was ready to go to work, I was still haunted by the memories of student teaching. So I was "inspired" to try my hand at writing instead.
Q. How did you go about getting published?
The first children's novel I wrote was Operation: Dump the Chump. As soon as it was finished, I bought a copy of Writer's Market, found some addresses, and started sending it off to publishers who were accepting unsolicited manuscripts. It was rejected three times. All three rejections managed to work in the classic industry one-liner, "It isn't right for our list."
The fourth time I sent it to Alfred Knopf, Inc. A few weeks later, they called and said it was exactly right for their list. I felt like I'd hit the lottery.
Q: You've written middle-grade novels, early chapter books, and picture books. Which do you like writing best?
I can't really say which I like best. But after all the Junie B. books I've written, those certainly come the easiest. The middle-grade novels are more of a challenge. But in some ways, that makes them more rewarding. The last two I've written (Mick Harte Was Here and The Graduation of Jake Moon) were both about very sensitive topics, so it took a long time to get them exactly right. But I think those two books have made me the most proud.
Q. Tell us about your most recent picture book.
It's called, MA! There's Nothing to Do Here! It's about a baby in utero who is bored out of his mind. The idea for it was born (so to speak) when my daughter-in-law, Renee, invited me to my first grandson's ultrasound. Although I had never had an ultrasound myself, I'd seen pictures of other babies in utero. But I wasn't prepared for how amazing it would be to see my own little grandbaby on that screen. I felt like I was watching the Discovery Channel.
Q. How much did you continue to think about the baby after seeing the ultrasound? How did this develop into the idea for the book?
A. On the way out of the doctor's office, I remember thinking, Okay, so now we're all going back to our busy lives. But the baby is still in there just floating around. Except for an occasional kick or hiccup, he's got absolutely nothing to do.
A few months later-when I was getting ready to give Renee a baby shower-I wrote this poem, framed it, and gave it to her as a shower gift.
Q. Of the characters you've created, who is your favorite?
A. This would be a bit like picking a favorite child. I don't have a single favorite character, but again, I lived with the characters Mick and Phoebe Harte and Jake and Skelly Moon for a very long time. So those four are the most dear to me.
The characters I've had the most fun with have been the little ones. Little kids are so free to say whatever is on their minds. They aren't silenced by peer pressure and the notion that they have to sound cool. Molly Vera Thompson in The Kid in the Red Jacket is six, and Thomas Russo in My Mother Got Married and Other Disasters is five. They both were such fun to write about that they led to the creation of Junie B. Jones.
Q. Is Junie B. modeled after you as a child? Did you ever do any of the things that Junie B. does?
A. I was sent to "Principal" in first grade for talking. There were lots of notes sent home that year, as well. My father was on the Board of Education. Not good.
Q. There's been some criticism of the Junie-speak in the series. How do you answer concerns that Junie's grammar is not good for young readers?
A. Honestly, most of the grown-ups I hear from are writing to tell me that Junie B. Jones got their reluctant readers to read. I have drawers full of letters from parents and teachers that are so meaningful to me, I can't bear to part with them. These are adults who understand that fictional literature plays a whole different role in children's lives than a book of grammar or a basic reader.
That having been said, there are always going to be a handful of people who denigrate books that speak in a voice other than their own. I've stopped trying to explain the concept of literature to people like that. Wasted time better spent.
8. What makes you laugh?
My sense of humor is a little bit off-center, I think. In the movies, I usually laugh at parts that no one else seems to think are funny. Then there are movies like Young Frankenstein where I laugh from the opening scene straight through to the end.
Lots of other things make me laugh, as well. My husband and sons make me laugh. My dog. My grandsons. Friends. The absurdities of life. My lopsided cakes. The list goes on . . .
What advice do you have for teachers that are aspiring writers? For kids?
There's nothing revolutionary in my advice, I'm afraid. It's the same old stuff. Write as much and as often as you can. Try different genres to find your niche. Then rewrite, rewrite, rewrite. And-above all-be your own worst critic.
Barbara Park lived in Paradise Valley, in the state of Arizona. Barbara Park was born in 1947 and died in 2013.
Reviews - What do customers think about Junie B. Jones and the Yucky Blucky Fruitcake (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))?
One tough little cookie! Jan 10, 2008
Junie B. Jones is stubborn as stubborn can be. There is a school carnival in the works, and Junie is certain that she will win not one but all the prizes there are, no matter what her parents tell her. She can already imagine them on her bookshelf.
As usual, her mixed-up her ideas get her into plenty of trouble, but the fun for the reader is in knowing just how mixed-up Junie always is!
This is a laugh-filled novel for young readers, with lessons to be learned along with the protagonist.
What is the appeal of this crap? Mar 23, 2006
My wife and I started reading to our daughter before she was born, and continue to read to her every day. She's four now, and her language skills are excellent. I am hopeful that continuing to read to her will help her grow. But it won't be with this crap. I cannot understand how child-like grammar, which is worse than the actual grammar used by my four year old daughter, can possibly be a positive influence. Moreover, the behavior of this character is exactly the behavior we are trying to help our daughter grow out of, so why would I encourage it by reading this? There are plenty of silly and fun books to be had, but the Junie B. Jones line is a disservice to children.
Funny Mar 3, 2006
My daughter does not enjoy reading. However, when she discovered the Junie B. Jones series, she loves them & reads them over & over. Her favorite is the Beauty Shop Guy & this one. They are funny, & enjoyable. However, I will caution that if a child is influenced easily they may not be the best. Junie B. Jones is a lot like Nick's Rugrats--they are always into mischeif, and don't behave the best. She also talks in 3rd person and doesn't have the best grammar. With that said, if taken appropriately as entertainment, they are very funny, you never know what she's going to do next. We love them, but I know a few who do not appreciate them.
Awesome Oct 27, 2005
Junie B. Jones and The Yucky Blucky Fruit Cake is a great story to read. It is an easy book and at the end you are sure to laugh. Every Junie B. Jones book is a great hit. The story is about a kinder gardener who thinks she is the best winner in the world. When she challenges her friends to her favorite games that she beats her grampa in. Her best friends beat her and she no longer feels self confident, but she has a time to redeem herself at the fair at her school on Friday night . When she gets to the fair she loses all the games except one The Cake Walk . At the end of this story she finds out that winning is not everything . I think this book is good for kids because, it is easy to read and it's a very funny book.
I love Junie B. Jones books Jun 19, 2005
I like this book because it is very funny. Especially the part when Junie B. practices for the carnival. She practices and practices and the day of the carnival she loses all the games except she won one prize and that was a stupid, dumb comb. That was the worst night of her life.