Item description for Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) by Barbara Park & Denise Brunkus...
Overview After hearing from a classmate at kindergarten that people have monsters under their beds, Junie B. Jones is afraid to go to sleep that night
Publishers Description Meet the World's Funniest Kindergartner--Junie B. Jones 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 8th Junie B. Jones book, Junie B. knows there's no such thing as monsters. Mother and Daddy even said so. But then why is there monster drool on Junie B.'s pillow? Oh, no What if Paulie Allen Puffer is right--what if she really "does" have a monster under her bed? If Junie B. goes to sleep, the monster might see her feet hanging down. And he might think her piggy toes are yummy little wiener sausages "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."
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School Library Journal - 11/01/1997 page 96
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Studio: Random House Books for Young Readers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.57" Width: 5.13" Height: 0.23" Weight: 0.15 lbs.
Release Date Jun 24, 1997
Publisher Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN 0679866973 ISBN13 9780679866978 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 Has a Monster Under Her Bed (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))?
PCE Student Review Apr 26, 2008
My favorite book is - Junie B. Jones Has A Monster Under Her Bed. The author of this book is Barbra Park. The genre is fiction and my favorite character is Junie B. Jones. The book theme is a girl learns to deal with her fears. I like Junie B. Jones because she is funny. She says things that are funny and turnes bad things into funny things .That is why I like this character. The author's writing styles is funny, entertaining, interesting and very kiddish. I love this book because I like how the author writes it. She makes it funny, interesting, entertaining and the expressions she uses for some of the characters are funny. Like: Junie B. Jones and Paulie Allen Puffer and Mrs. And Dottie and Lucille the annoying one. That's why I like this book. Because of the funniness.
School pictures is a racket, I think! Jan 10, 2008
Young readers (and parents) will howl with laughter as Junie B. Jones is tricked into believing that she's got a monster under her bed. She comes up with a million reasons why she doesn't have to go to bed, and even tries to take over her brother's crib!
Junie's idea to put her awful school picture under the bed to scare the monster away is really funny (parents: think driver's license photo!) and her usual misuse of the English language is prime.
Junie B. Jones Has A Monster Under Her Bed is another example of why Barbara Park's books are so popular!
My favoirite books May 26, 2007
I will give this book five stars becase it is exciting. I love Junie B Jones Hasa a Moster Under Her Bed. Her parents tells her their is no moster under her bed. Her friend tells her their is one. this is my favorite Book.
junie b. jones has a monster under her bed Jan 20, 2006
First Pualie Allen Puffer told everyone that they have a monstre under their bed. So now junie b can't go to sleep. The next day Grace said that she should not had lissened to him.now her mom and dadies telling her that monster aren't real. She said that if she goes to sleep then the monster will bite her head off. What I liked most about this book is Junie B. keep getting out of bed it was so funny. What I liked least about this book is Junie B. is all ways screaming over everthing like if she don't get her way she will just start screaming
junie b jones has a monster under her bed Jan 18, 2006
Paulie Allen Puffer told junie b that she and every one else had monster under her bed.Now Junie b she can't sleep at all Mom and dad said there are no such thing as monsters and she did not bleive them. She said that if she went to bed the monster will bite her head off