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Overview Junie B. Jones experiences glee while showing off her new furry mittens in kindergarten, but disaster strikes when they disappear from the playground
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 9th Junie B. Jones book, a terrible thing happened to Junie B. Jones And it's called--someone took her new black furry mittens And they kept them They didn't even put them in the Lost and Found at school. So when Junie B. finds a wonderful pen on the floor, she should be allowed to keep it, too. Right? That's fair. Right? Right? "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."
Awards and Recognitions Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) by Barbara Park & Denise Brunkus has received the following awards and recognitions -
Delaware Diamonds Award - 2000-2001 Winner - Grades K-2 category
Citations And Professional Reviews Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook (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 - 01/01/1998 page 59
School Library Journal - 11/01/1997 page 96
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Studio: Random House Books for Young Readers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.4" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.15 lbs.
Release Date Jun 24, 1997
Publisher Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN 0679883428 ISBN13 9780679883425 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 Is Not a Crook (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))?
Turn your child into a reader! Jan 10, 2008
Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook is another book by author, Barbara Park, who most definitely has a handle on what young readers want. Her characters are real -- and really, really funny. She turned a pair of lost mittens into a laugh-fest that will hold your child's attention to the last page.
The "bad grammar" and misuse of the language by a five-year-old are just part of the charm, serving as a source of discussion with parents and teachers.
In your Child's School Library Aug 27, 2007
These books are cute, granted. Why kids in second and third grade are encouraged to read these books is beyond me, especially for their AR books. I think for first grade Junie B. is fine, wonderful even, but beyond that I don't think kids that are growing into reading should be prompted to read these books! The Magic Tree House Books are easy to read and are educational and entertaining. Kids should be encouraged to read up not back or down as in the case of Junie B. Her grammar is ridiculous and the reading becomes choppy and inarticulate, kids should be encouraged to read challenging books as they grow. These books to me, turn back the clock.
Junie B Jones Lost Her Mittens May 23, 2007
Junie B Jones has new black furry mittens. Someone takes her mittens. They don't even put them in the lost in found at school. I give it five stars because it is a very great book. You must read this book. I think this is a realy good book for boys and girls. Taylor
Review by Ilana P.S. 39 and Simon P.S. 39 Apr 13, 2006
Junie B. Is Not a Crook by Barbara Park is just the book for you if you are sneaky. The lesson is that you can't just be sneaky. Something bad might happen to you.
The problem is that Junie B. keeps finding things and not putting them in the lost and found. Read the book to find out how she fixes her problem.
Do like characters that make thier ideas work? Do you like clever characters? If you do then this is the book for you.
Review by Ilana Sabio
Junie B., a young 6 year old girl, acts like a brat. One day she takes her precious mittens to school..."Oh, no! Somebody stole my mittens!!!"
At first she thinks just taking a teddy bear backpack form the lost and found in the principal's office is a good idea. But when the principal figures out what she is doing he says "No teady bear backpack".
So if you are the kind of reader that likes characters that try to solve problems, this is the book for you. This book is great for second graders. Most kids think it is funny. Check out other books in the series like Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business.
Review by Simon
Gotta Love Junie B. Feb 9, 2006
My daughter started reading these at 4 and loves them. She just laughs and laughs. They are written just like little kids talk and they are really cute. We have almost all of the Junie B. books and this is one of my favorites.