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Junie B., First Grader (at Last!) (Junie B. Jones #18)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  5,513 ratings  ·  188 reviews
The 18th installment in Barbara Park's popular beginning chapter-book series puts our temperamental heroine into a brand-new class where she has to make brand-new friends. And as if that weren't hard enough, her brand-new teacher, Mr. Scary ("He made that name up, I believe," Junie writes in a journal assignment), figures out that she needs eyeglasses. Will all the other k ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published August 20th 2002 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 2001)
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Britt Guild
The Junie B. Jones series has always been recommended to me to encourage my daughter to love reading independently. I thought starting off the series in first grade with this book was perfect, but I was very disappointed. Not only did I not like the story of how Junie begins first grade with a new teacher (Mr. Scary), but I was shocked at how disrespectful and bratty Junie B. is throughout the book. My daughter picked up on these selfish and ugly qualities as well. We both agreed that this book ...more
Olivia Lavelle
This was one of my all time favorite books growing up as a young kid. This book did indeed have a lot of drama in it. For example, one of her best friends Lucille has replaced her with two twins, Camille and Chenille. Lucille does not want to be bothered with Junie B anymore, because they were once best friends in kindergarden. Grace and Junie B. use to be bus buddies in kindergarden, and now Grace has replaced her with a girl named Bobbi Jean Piper. Junie B. Jones is now all alone and feels wor ...more
David Schaafsma
Read this with the three kids laughing uproariously, in a couple evenings, them asking me not to stop. Okay, I did not think it was all THAT funny, but I am, like, a Dad, and not a 1st, 2nd and 3rd grader…. score one for Barbara Park, who knows how to be hilarious for kids!
Fantastic! This book is filled with laugh out loud moments. My daughter could not have been more amused by the antics and attitude of Junie B. Jones, and adults reading aloud will smile throughout as well. We will be plowing through the series with hope that all of them are as entertaining as this one.
The Junie B. Series has been a really good series to get my kids enjoying chapter books. I appreciate that about this series. Also I've heard the magic tree house series is good. Anyone else know of any good ones for 6ish year olds?
There are several things I both like and don't like about this book. First, it was really funny. At least I thought so. My kids didn't think it was. But then, they think knock-knock jokes are hilarious.

Junie has some attitude issues that as a parent I don't want my kids to emulate. I don't want them to think it's funny to call people names or talk back to their parents or to be rude to their peers.

Also, her grammar is very bad. It's funny (to an adult), but to a young child they wouldn't know i
Tara Schaafsma
I thought it was fun, but maybe I was swayed by my kids laughing at it so much.
Jenifer Jacobs
Lily and I really liked this one!
Sep 07, 2009 Jodi rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young readers
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Leslie Abbott
Junie B., First grade is another installment of the every famous Junie B. Jones series. This story shows Junie starting 1st grade and there are a lot of changes she has to deal with and she is having a hard time adjusting to these changes. It takes a new friend to help her adjust to these changes.
The theme of this book is Overcoming Obstacles in Elementary School. And having self-esteem issues and pride in new troubles. Junie is worried about starting new school year with all the changes with ne
Stefanie Burns
"She tattled about the glasses."
Exactly what a young kid might think the nurse was doing when talking to her mother...tattling. Funny. There are definitely moments that I laugh out loud at Junie's open view of the world around her. It just frustrates me how negative she can be. She often gets laughs from classmates when being rude to others. I would not want readers to believe that Junie's actions and thoughts are ones to emulate. Although, Park also includes examples of good behaviors and stude
I was going through all the books I have from my childhood earlier, packing them up since I'm getting ready to move soon, and I completely stopped in the middle of it to (re)read this book. I've found that even after all these years Junie B. Jones still has a place in my heart. This book, and the other books in this series, are fantastic and any child would love them. They were popular when I was young and I imagine they still are.

In this particular book Junie B. finally becomes a first grader.
Abby Zwetzig
Personal Reaction: I loved this book along with all the other Junie B. Jones books. Junie B. Jones is very quirky, outgoing, and silly. This book is very clear and easy to read and a great book for children learning to read. Children love saying and showing off that they are reading chapter book so this book is perfect for them to do that. The chapters in Junie B. Jones, First Grader (at last!) keeps the kids engaged and doesn't have very long chapters so the children don't get bored.

This story of Junie B. Jones is one of the best of her series. Junie B. is the typical first grade girl who has insecurities, trials and tribulations. It is all through a character's perspective that is well shaped and rounded. Barbara park did a fantastic job at creating the mindset of a first grader and making it feel real.
In this specific Junie B. story she has just started first grade as incredibly nervous. A whole new teacher, school and year is intimidating for her. As she is slowly becomi
I just finished reading this aloud to my kindergartener and first grader. They were entranced by the storyline and by the basic conflicts between the characters, but their attention did sag a bit in the last chapter. I haven't read every Junie B. book, so I can't be sure, but I seem to remember the kindergarten series being a little sillier and less angsty than this one was. Just me, perhaps?
Lana Clifton
I can personally appreciate the grammatical errors and feistiness of the infamous Junie B. Jones. She is an honest, hold-nothing-back kinda gal who often gets a bad rap from traditional folk. I get her. I like her. I want six and seven year olds to know that language and grammar usage are allowed to break rules when giving their characters' voice. Why not? It worked for Mark Twain.
Angela Hutchinson
Junie B. has entered the first grade. Her first day was difficult; she did not want to go because she was afraid she would not know anybody in her class. Junie B. did recognize Lucille and rushed up to her chatting away. Lucille informed her that she had new bests friends, Camille and Chenille. Junie B. was upset. She was also struggling with reading words on the board. Mr. Scary did some investigating with Junie B., during recess no less, to find out why she was not able to read the words. That ...more
Julie Decker
Poor Junie B. First grade isn't as scary as going to kindergarten was, but things are different now: her friend doesn't sit with her on the bus anymore and her teacher has a scary name--literally! But what's worst is she can't see the board and ends up having to get glasses . . . what a huge change!

The narration style isn't any different from when Junie B. went to kindergarten; it's still got the attempting-to-be-childish narration and the impulsive, sometimes bad behavior, and sometimes it nail
Had you ever looked at a book and thought that book was silly? I thought this about Junie B., First Grader (at last!), but I was wrong!
How embarassed was Junie B when she realized that she need to wear a glasses. Junie will present a project and she was very embarassed about her glasses, she said glasses were dumb. I reccomend this book to a friend that like silly stories and humorous section. I rated 5 stars because I really like silly books and there are not lots of hard words and there are no
I have never not liked a Junie B. Jones book. I find these early reader chapter books to be perfect for these young readers. This book in particular would be perfect to read to a first grade classroom at the beginning of the year. In this story, Junie B. discovers that she needs glasses. She overcomes a lot of stress in this story and shows students that we need to be kind to everyone, and also that with a little help (in this case reading glasses) we can really overcome just about anything. Her ...more
i wasn't embarrssed when i got my glasses
I think this book was great because it had lots of drama. You are never be too old to read a young child’s book because. It can change the way you think of yourself and the world. It was also a good book because you can imagine and have a good imagination that is good for young children and people all sorts of ages. You should read this book because it shows that you sometimes need to watch your mouth and what you say. I also learned that you should pick good friends because they can rub off on ...more
I have actually read many of the books in the Junie B. Jones series with my kids and as a teacher. For a challenge this month I had to pick a read a banned book. I was absolutely stunned when I saw that this series has been challenged/banned. The reasoning is the writing and spelling is grammatically incorrect and provides a poor model for children who are trying to learn how to do these things. Well I sort of understand the challenge, but really, these stories are for kids just learning to read ...more
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
Junie B. Jones is a rambunctious and outspoken little First-Grader. She seems to be having a tough time on her first day of First-Grade. She lost her bestess friend and had to find a new one. Her teacher was not so scary even if his name was Mr. Scary. She had to sit in the very back of the class and Tattletale May just would not keep her nose out of Junie B's business.

When it came time to read the blackboard she was not seeing the same words everyone else seemed to be seeing. Mr. Scary kept her
Kristanne Duncan
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The 18th book in Barbara Park's series, "Junie B. Jones" is a great transitional book for elementary students. Every book in the series is funny and enjoyable due to Junie B.'s sassy and witty attitude. What makes this book in particularly special, however, is the challenges she endures throughout the book and the ways she has to overcome the changes that comes with becoming a first grader. I remember my 5th grade teacher reading this book to us, along with the other ones in the series throughou ...more
Auset Hood
Sep 03, 2013 Auset Hood rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
I remember reading this book when I was younger right when it was released. Junie B. Jones was one of my favorite series when I was child. Throughout the whole book I continuously laughed at Junie B.'s funny antics, sassy attitude which always tended to get her into trouble. Even though this is the 18th book in the series it doesn't disappoint . In this book you get to read how Junie B. is maturing slowly but surely but isn't losing her witty self. I recommend the Junie B. Jones series to both y ...more
The Junie B. Jones series is one of my personal favorites from when I was younger. They are funny, relatable and written in a way that elementary students can relate to and understand. They are written in the point of view of Junie B. Jones, a very humorous and outgoing young girl. In this case Junie B. Jones is a first grader and is just trying to make her way through. She encounters bullies, know-it-alls, and all those other stereotypical kids that are bound to be in your classes. This story p ...more
Gianna Mosser
Junie B is one of Atty's favorite characters at the moment. She is very cheeky and while the series has gotten criticized for bad grammar, a reader at Atty's level knows the grammatical errors are intentional and finds them funny. He even corrects them most of the time, which I imagine is the desired effect after all. This volume is particularly great because it deals with the fears of a new school teacher and a change in the cast of regular friends, anxieties to which kids in this age range can ...more
Junie B's first day of first grade and on. She is in a different class from her friend Grace. Lucille doesn't want to be her best friend anymore. AND Junie B gets glasses.

Children can be mean to each other. This Junie B book deals with the hurt and the best way for a child to handle the mean kids.

Good for first days of class, loss of a friend, bullying, getting glasses.

All in all, great book.
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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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