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Junie B. Jones #28: Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten (Junie B. Jones #28)

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Meet the World's Funniest First Grader—Junie B. Jones!

Gobble, gobble! 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 28th Junie B. Jones book, Room One is getting ready for their very own Thanksgiving feast! T
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
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I have missed you Junie B. Jones!! Such a laugh (several actually) my daughter and I shared while reading this book. You are never to old to read these books. Hysterical!

Junie B. Jones and her fellow first graders are entering the school contest with their classes "Thankful List." The grand prize is a homemade pie from the lunch lady (which none of them want) and bragging rights of being the first, first grade class to ever win (which does sound cool). Only who else will like or appreciate a th
Oct 25, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it

My 7 year old niece's rating 4.5/5 stars.

My niece really enjoys Junie B. Jones, so I took this book out from the library for her. I've always found Junie to be a fun and energetic kid. But the errors/intentional mistakes always drove me crazy (did not want my niece to learn to say things incorrectly). Thankfully in this book there seem to be be much fewer mistakes. Junie writes a journal. So most of the mistakes are there.

This story is about Junie's class of first graders. Their teacher Mr. Scar
Aug 19, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it
I haven't read every Junie B. Jones book, but I've read some of her books from when she was in kindergarten and first grade. This adventure is a first-grade adventure, and it is set during the week of Thanksgiving. Her first grade class is participating in a school contest, each student can contribute up to two things they are thankful for. The best "thankful list" wins a pumpkin pie--no matter if the class likes pumpkin pie or not. Junie's class is very, very honest. Their thankful list reflect ...more
I've been wondering for several years now if Barbara Park had abandoned her most popular character in favor of writing something new. I, personally, am a big Junie B. fan and have read every book in the series. When I initially stumbled onto my first Junie B. book, my mom and sisters and I sat around and read it aloud to each other until we laughed so hard we couldn't continue. I don't see Junie B. as a bad example. I see her as an energetic kiddo who just needs to develop a little impulse contr ...more
Queen Of Narnia
So I seen this on our bookshelf and realized I hadn't read it yet so I decided to read it X)
I grew up with Junie B. Jones so I enjoyed it.
Theresa White
1. Junie B. Jones first grade class, Mr. Scarys’ class is entering a school wide competition to see who can come up with a list of what they are most thankful for. Mr. Scary tells the class that the prize for winning is homemade pumpkin pie that the lunch lady was going to make. The students in Junie’s class starts to make a list and they realize that Mr. Scary does not approve of the things they say. But soon Mr. Scary realizes that the first graders are going to be thankful of different thins ...more
Dec 22, 2012 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: children starting to read chapter books
This is the 28th book in the Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park and Denise Brunkus. I'd read all of the previous books in the series with our girls, but they looked upon this book with disdain. After all, our youngest is in second grade and they had no interest in reading this book with me. So purely for nostalgia's sake (and the desire for a few chuckles), I read this book on my own.

This is a humorous story, very similiar to the other books in the series. It has a Thanksgiving theme, althoug
Aug 26, 2013 Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I was thinking of reading this aloud, but I didn't get around to it, so I just read it myself. My first Junie B. book in a long time.

Junie B. (and the other kids) are very funny, as always. I liked the stories behind the things they are thankful for as they work on a class list of thankfulness, and the Philip Johnny Bob incidents. The list of things the kids are thankful for does feel like an accurate list of what first graders would be thankful for.

I still might end up reading this aloud someti
Jan 11, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
Ya gotta love Junie B. Jones, I believe. What's not to love about a girl who says she absolutely doesn't want to be a pilgrim because their costumes are hottish and sweatish.

And what's not to love about Room One's Thankful List which includes
rainbow sprinkles
the box of 64 Crayola crayons
the Cartoon Network

I'm not sure I would want to be Mr. Scary, the teacher in Room One, but I would definitely love being a regular observer.

My favorite passage: "Woo-hoo!" I said to Herbert. "This is a d
That Girl Reads
Nov 25, 2015 That Girl Reads rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who doesn't enjoy a good Junie B. Jones story has something wrong with them. With her sharp wit and honesty, she just makes for an interesting read. In celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday, I decided to give this one a read and wasn't disappointed. I love all of the rivalry that goes on between Junie and some of her classmates, and the way that she gives an honest description of adults/teachers facial expressions or actions.

This time Junie and her class are making up a list of everythi
Sarah Miller
Park, B., & Brunkus, D. (2012). Junie B., first grader: Turkeys we have loved and eaten (and other thankful stuff). New York: Random House.

It's Thanksgiving time, and Room One is spending the whole week celebrating. Mr. Scary has a very important task for the children, and that is to come up with a list of things they are thankful for! If their class gets picked for the best list, they get a prize. Except there's one thing, the prize is a pumpkin pie, and Junie B. Jones and the rest of her
Russell Whitehead
This is my first Junie B. Book. I had the pleasure of reading this with my granddaughter who started first grade this year. She was able to read it easily enough, although I felt at times the length was a little overwhelming for her. That was ok because I enjoyed reading it to her whenever she needed a break. Junie B. is quite a character. I appreciated her honesty and humor. The language sometimes seemed odd. But, I just chalked that up to the authors style, and unique voice. Anyway, I'm pretty ...more
Emily Allen
Oct 30, 2012 Emily Allen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Junie B Jones and this is the best one yet!!!!!!!
Julia Reynolds
Aug 17, 2014 Julia Reynolds rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
I freaking love Junie B. Everyone else should, too. Her stories are funny and snarky. She’s creative and excited and enthusiastic, stubborn and indignant and unique. Her voice is compelling and believable as a young person, her perspective on the world is entertaining to adults and older children, and younger children identify with her and her worries and struggles. This one is cute – the first grade class makes a “Thankful List” for a school contest. Everyone should read at least one Junie B. S ...more
Feb 23, 2013 Josiah rated it it was ok
"I've never been sure whether Junie B.'s fans love her in spite of her imperfections or because of them. Either way, she's gone out into the world and made more friends than I ever dreamed possible."

―Barbara Park, from the About the Author section of Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten

This book was released in conjunction with the twentieth anniversary of the first entry in the Junie B. Jones series, and those first twenty years certainly were a great time. Barbara Park successfully condensed the
Alex Baugh
Nov 27, 2013 Alex Baugh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: randomly-reading
I originally wanted to give this 3 and 1/2 stars but you can't do that here.

I had planned this post long before the sad news that Barbara Park had passed away. I decided to go ahead with it in homage to her and the character she created. Junie B Jones has helped so many kids learn to love reading, including a few in my family.
Thank you, Barbara.

It is Thanksgiving week and Mr. Scary's first graders in Room One have some activities planned to help celebrate the holiday.

On the Monday before Thanks
Feb 12, 2013 MaryAnn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I might start a new shelf entitled, Therapy Books. Junie B and her author, Barbara Park would occupy a prominent place in the funny but insightful sub category.

Although, some of Junie B's characteristics have become some what to familiar to me, her little unconscious insights are often hilarious and always true. She gives voice to how I believe children see the world but do not have the language or experience to express it.

Room 1 and its members are a group I would like to hang out with
Nov 27, 2012 Krista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-commercial
One of my absolute favorite book series as a kid! Barbara Park has done it again and has written another absolutely hilarious tale of Junie B. Jones! These books have always been extremely entertaining to me as a little kid and it excites me to see her still writing new stories for this hilarious character, Junie B. This particular story was brought to me at a perfect time! Thanksgiving! In this particular book, it is Thanksgiving time in her 1st grade class! Room one is planning a thanksgiving ...more
Ashley P.
Feb 03, 2014 Ashley P. rated it liked it
This was a read aloud with my seven year old, but I'm counting it as one of my books this year since it was a larger special edition.
I personally don't care for Junie B. Jones because I think she's a little spoiled and the adults need to give her consequences for her actions, but my little girl loves them and that's really all that matters. This book had her laughing out loud several times each chapter and she's already grabbed another Junie B. book off the shelf to start asap.
I keep hearing about these books and reading good things about them on blogs so I finally had a chance to check them out. I can see why people adore them Junie B Jones is a fascinating character. Not super wild but not a perfect little doll, she's just a normal first-grader trying to navigateThanksgiving; giving thanks, having parents visit the classroom, and tangling with a girl who may or may not be her archnemesis.
Megan Chonczynski
This book is easy for students to relate to because Junie B. asks like most kids do. This book has a contents table. In the beginning of the book there is a journal entry that is written how a first grader would write it. It is fun for kids to have this to relate to. Since it is a chapter book there are not that many pictures, just a few. Towards the end there is a list of items that students have to bring in.
Allie Chickie
Junie B. did for me today what she always did for me as a kid: provided a lot of laughter, smiles, and a couple hours lost in her world. Today was pretty long and pretty rough, and for an hour or so my mom and I were blessed with the bliss of being lost in Junie's world and hilarious narrative.

Thank you for all the memories you've created for me and my family, Barbara Park.
Nov 20, 2013 Suz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-kid-lit
Junie B. Jones is one of my favorite kid lit characters. She is her own person and views the world in her unique way that always makes me laugh. This time around it is "the month of Thanksgiving" and her class is preparing for the feast. There is a contest to see which room comes up with the best list of things they are thankful for - with a pumpkin pie made by Mrs. Gladys Gutzman, our favorite lunch lady, as the grand prize. But the kids in Junie B.'s class say that pumpkin pie makes them vomit ...more
Dec 03, 2014 Alyssa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was very FUNNY when Sheldon jumped up and shouted ''TOILET PAPER! I AM THANKFUL FOR TOILET PAPER!''. This book was great like the rest but sad because this was the last Junie B. book.
Talitha W
This book was one of the funniest Junie B. Jones books I have ever read. I think Barbra Park is one of the best authors I've ever read. I can't wait to read more Barbra Park books.
Listening to this in the car with my little guy and it is cracking me up. The reader is perfect for Junie.

Fav line so far: "Friends don't throw friends on top of the ceiling fan."

I had never read a Junie B. book prior to this. Apparently, I have been missing out! If you just need a laugh - and who doesn't need more laughter? - pop the audio version in your car, no matter your age.

As soon as my 4 year-old and I finished listening to this one about Thanksgiving and how Junie and her classmates cel
Lisa Houston
The title is exactly what the book is about. This would be a super book for a second grader. Mrs. Park must have been or had a daughter that was her. Junie B.!
Julie H
Feb 06, 2016 Julie H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I look for Junie whenever I am going on a road trip with my grandchildren ages 3 4 7 & 8. It is sure to have them laughing and engaged the whole trip.
Isabella N.
Jul 06, 2014 Isabella N. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why I like this book

I gave this book 5 stars because in the beginning Mr. Scary wrote the classes ideas of what they're thankful for.

Kristel Martin
I didn't like this one as much as the kindergarten books. She wasn't as witty or funny, but still had it's cute moments.
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Barbara Park received over 40 awards for her books, including 25 Children's Choice awards.

Park was the daughter of a merchant and a secretary, Doris and Brooke Tidswell. She grew up in Mount Holly Township, New Jersey. From 1965 to 1967, she attended Rider College, later finishing her B.S. in 1969 at the University of Alabama. She married Richard A. Park in 1969. She lived in Phoenix, Arizona for
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