Item description for Junie B. Jones Is a Graduation Girl (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) by Barbara Park & Denise Brunkus...
Overview Junie B. Jones has just turned six and is looking forward to her kindergarten graduation, but when grape juice stains the white gown she could not resist trying on, she is afraid graduation is ruined. Reissue.
Publishers Description Meet the World's Funniest Kindergartner--Junie B. Jones It's kindergarten graduation 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 17th Junie B. Jones book, all the children in Room Nine are excited when they get their bright white graduation gowns. Mrs. says to keep them in their boxes until the big day. But Junie B. Jones just can't help herself. Then--uh-oh --an accident happens Can Junie B. find a way to fix things? Or will graduation be a spotty dotty disaster? "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 Is a Graduation Girl (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) by Barbara Park & Denise Brunkus has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2002 page 76
Ingram Children's Advance - 05/01/2001 page 37
Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2001 page 76
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Studio: Random House Books for Young Readers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.5" Weight: 0.15 lbs.
Release Date May 8, 2001
Publisher Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN 0375802924 ISBN13 9780375802928 UPC 090129003990
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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.
Barbara Park has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Junie B. Jones Is a Graduation Girl (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))?
for 8 yr old daughter May 28, 2008
Both of my daughters love Junie B. Jones books. And this one was no exception. They were completely happy and entertained with this book.
Be proactive: Start your own AR shelf.... May 6, 2008
Once I started our own collection of titles that are used in the Accelerated Reader program, my kids' excuses for not doing assigned reading all but evaporated. Prior, it was "I forgot my book" "I have to turn in my old book and get a new one" and a thousand variations. Now, my kids can pick one of any number of titles I have on hand already
Most "Junie B. Jones" books are part of the Accelerated Reader/AR program. This one is rated at Reading Level 3.0 and 1.0 points, so not only is little Junie B. Jones fun to read, she can help your child succeed in school.
When good grape juice goes wrong! Jan 11, 2008
America's favorite spunky kindergartener is about to become America's favorite spunky first grader! Graduation day is about to be here, and Mrs. hands out beautiful white graduation gowns with the understanding that they must not be taken out of the boxes 'till graduation day to be sure they are kept clean.
Now, remember... we are talking about Junie B. Jones! What do you think happens? In short order, that gown will be a colorful purple and white. Of course, Junie knows how to solve her problems -- in typical Junie fashion.
Barbara Park has created another winner here, and your young reader will be thirsty for more, more, more Junie B. Jones!
a Great Read (by Hope, age 8) Jan 9, 2008
Junie b. is a very funny girl.I love reading her books! Sometimes she catches herself in the principal's office, but they're good friends. I've read every single JBJ book!
Perfect for my 9-year old daughter! Jun 9, 2007
You simply can't go wrong with the Junie B Jones series of books. They truly make you laugh out loud. My daughter read this book in one day!