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Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus (Junie B. Jones #1)

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Remember when it was scary to go to school? 'Cause it was your first day and you didn't know anything. Meet Junie B. Jones, kindergartner. She's so scared of the school bus and the meanies on it that when it's time to go home, she doesn't.
Paperback, 80 pages
Published May 8th 2007 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published July 1st 1992)
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Denise
I have heard so much about how great these books are so we decided to check them out. I can't think of a single thing from this book that was a "good example" for the kids. None of the people say anything kind or helpful. Many things are described as "stupid, "hate," and "dumb." My kids don't talk that way .. do others really? Do we want to encourage this? The kids and I talked about how it is sometimes fun to read about someone doing things they are not supposed to do and how it can be fun to i ...more
Maggie  Stoll
THIS SERIES IS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ITS AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ITS EASY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Lauren Suchomski
Junie B is starting school! She is excited for it but she's not so sure about the riding the bus part of the adventure.

I know some parents don't like Junie B because she is quite the trouble maker but I found this absolutely hilarious. Park's characterization of a kindergartener is so spot on its eerie. I'm pretty sure I have a couple of Junie Bs in some of my classes. My only critique, and it's one that I would have to really consider if I want to read this book out loud at some point, is the
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Mandy J. Hoffman
There are some books that giving my honest thoughts about does not bother me at all. But this one is different. It's with sadness that I report my thoughts and thus place this book (& most likely series) into my "do not read" category.

While I laughed hysterically at many points as I listened to this with my daughter (audio book!), I also was quite bothered by the use of "stupid" and "hate". Junie B mentioned several times that she hated one of her classmates and used the term stupid about mu
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Sunshine
As a parent reading young literature with young children, I am in search of characters who's traits, morals, personality, intellect, humor, or strength are something I want to see emulated in my own children. Junie B. is NOT that person. Were my children to embark on even the slightest level of mischief that Miss Jones gets involved in, I would not be able to show my face at the next PTA meeting/parent-teacher conference. While I understand the desire of authors to "speak" to their audience, goo ...more
Izzy Brogaard
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Teresa
This story is about a little girl named Junie B. Jones and her first day of kindergarten. She has to ride the bus to and from school. Only guess what? She wants to avoid the rumors of the meanies who poke and spill milk on kids, so she decides not to go home on the bus. Her "after school" journey is a wonderful recollection of how we probably used to think when we were in kindergarten. The illustrations in this book are wonderfully drawn to fit the story; Almost in a comical way. The illustrator ...more
Jayden
The Junie B Jones books are great for older kids! Yes I know Junie B books are for 1st graders but if a first grader reads to many of Junie B's book they could start acting like Junie!!! Or talking like Junie B. However since I'm older, so I understand that Junie B is bad at spelling and is VERY unrealistic. Therefor I laughed. I laughed at her terrible behavior and the things she says, and I can read it in a day! However I being in 7th grade look CRAZY reading a book 6 grades to young for me. S ...more
Lizzie
I only gave this book 3 stars because I ride the bus and it is not nice to call it a "stupid smelly bus".
Brooke
That was the 1st Junie B. book that i have read.
Shannon Jones
It was Awesome!!! pages 69
Norberto Leyva
“Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus”

The book starts off with Junie starting school for the first time. She meets the teacher and likes her. She is anxious and excited about starting school. The only problem is, she is worried about riding the bus. When she first gets off the bus, she starts her day of school and gets shown around the school. Some kids tell stories about older kids being mean on the bus, so Junie was scared and hid in the closet. After everyone left, she was able to explore
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Juso
“Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus” by Barbara Park is a great realistic fiction book for beginning chapter book readers! It is Junie B’s first day of school and she is not happy about riding the school bus. First, when she gets on the bus, a girl is saving the seat for someone else. Then Meanie Jim gets on and they do not get along. When they are getting off the bus, everyone is pushing Junie B and she even gets stepped on. Once she gets to school, she has an argument with everyone! They ...more
Melissa Alani
My kindergarten is an all time fan of Junie B. Jones. Her favorite pass-time is for us to sit down and read one of the series.

I was concerned at first with the adjectives the Author chose for Junie B. Jones to use, for example; "hate" and "Stupid". Plus, the charterer's demeanor was less then desirable and quite rude at times. My main concern was my daughter picking-up the negativity; however, that was far from the case. Instead my daughter would point out the "naughty" actions and would tell
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DD
I am extremely disappointed with this book and we are half way through. I am reading it to my 6 year old and Junie B. has a bad attitude. We struggle with our six year old and her attitude and I don't want her to get the impression from this book that it is ok to treat and say bad things when you have a bad attitude. The words hate, stupid, and dumb are used often. Again, these are all words we tell our daughter NOT to use. We have stopped reading it because I started to have to edit it while I ...more
Lindsay Antikainen
What to say about this book? I read this to my five-year olds after hearing so many good things about what a great series this is for kids. There were some amusing moments in the story, but overall, I pretty much despise Junie B. Jones! She is everything I don't want my kids to be. Stupid, hate, and dumb were probably the most frequently used words in this book, and we spent just as much time talking about how we do not behave like Junie B. as we spent talking about the actual story. I read anot ...more
Samuel
I read the book "Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus," by Barbara Park. I thought this was a funny book that was quite realistic. When I was younger I was also afraid to ride the bus, so this book was quite interesting to me.

The plot was about Junie Jones and her first day of kindergarten. She was afraid to ride the bus because of what other kids were saying about it. Junie ends up hiding in the janitor's closet so she doesn't have to ride the bus. Junie is then discovered by the janitor an
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Alyssa Prater
Junie B. is off to kindergarten. While she is excited about school, Junie B. is also a bit nervous, especially about riding the bus. Her day at school is a typical first day, her teacher Mrs. reviews the school rules and her classmates, Lucille, Grace, Jim, & William, among others, are given a tour of the school. Lucille tells Junie B. that big kids pour chocolate milk on little kids’ heads on the bus. In typical Junie B. style, she hides herself in the supply closet instead of heading out t ...more
Hailey
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus is about a young girl, Junie, going to her first day of school. She was scared to ride the school bus. Her mother told her to ride the bus to and from school. At school she did not have a very good day. When it was time to go home she ran into a storage closet to hide. The reason she did that, was because she did not want to ride the "stupid smelly bus."She was afraid that she would get milk poured on her head. She called 9-1-1. The police came and were u ...more
Oliver Radtke
I just completed “Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus” by Barbara Park. The book is about a girl in kindergarten named Junie. She is so scared to ride the bus because of all of the rumors she hears. She hides in the school and does not go on the bus. Then a janitor finds her at the school. Then she had to explain it all to her mother.

The characters in the book are Junie, her three friends, Lucille, Grace, Jim, her teacher, and her parents. The main character is Junie. She stands up for her
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Krista
I want to start by saying I do not like this series at all. I find Junie B. rude, obnoxious, and for lack of a better word, bratty.

Having said that, first and second grade girls love these books! They are easy to read as a beginning chapter book. Junie's actions are humorous, but I find children who aren't old enough to understand what is right and wrong think they are funny for the action itself and might try to copy it. The books are designed for first grade, but I feel content wise it is bet
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Kaitlyn Steckbeck
I loved reading Junie B. Jones books when I was younger. "Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus" is the first of the series and is a good book to include in your classroom because it talks about the being scared of coming to school the first day. Junie B. Jones, who is a kindergartner, does not even want to step foot on the bus because there may be "meanies" on it. She ends up hiding in her teacher's closet until everyone leaves the school to go home. When she comes out, she goes on an advent ...more
Jolisa Sampey
Years ago, on a rainy night with no cable, I suggested reading a book to my daughter. The first book was Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus. We had picked up several of the Junie B books from our library to help our girl prepare for kindergarten. Halfway through the book, both she and I were laughing, had tears rolling down our faces, and were die hard fans.

The books focus on the viewpoint of Junie B, a precarious kindergartner who is learning of the world around her, developing relations
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Jessica
I remember reading the Junie B. Jones series as a kid and adoring it. It was one of my first introductions to chapter books and I loved reading them aloud to my mother who laughed just as hard as I did at Junie B.'s crazy antics. I decided to revisit it for the first time in years. I read it very quickly and still found it to be absolutely hilarious. I laughed out loud frequently. I have a theory that much of my humor has grown out of these books since it still feels so relevant to me.

However, r
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Cam
What can I say? I read Junie B. Jones all the time as a kid and if I ever have kids, I plan to allow them to read it as well. This is a fairly innocent story about some kid that doesn't want to ride a bus. I think people are reading a little too much into the behaviors that their kids may or not adapt from this girl. I read these books all the time, and I didn't adapt any of the behaviors that Junie B. Jones has. As for the grammar, it's something that children are able to improve on on their ow ...more
Rebecca Sheffler
The Junie B. Jones series was my favorite series to read when growing up. Although many parents seem to not like this series because of the behavior and language of Junie B. Jones, this series was always a favorite in my families home! The Junie B. Jones series consists of 31 different books, all regarding Junie B. Jones and her life as an elementary student. In this book, "Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus," tells the world the story of Junie B. Jones on her first day of Kindergarten and ...more
Casey Brock
Reading level: 2-4. It would depend on the reading level of the child but it could be ok for a child to read below their level if it's something they are interested in.

Brunkus doesn't use a lot of pictures in the story. The front cover of the story tells a lot about the story, espeically the main character. You can tell from the cover that the girl has a little bit of attitude about her and she has a serious problem with the bus. I like the small other pictures throughout the book that just add
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Mom
I really got a buzz out of this series. I would bring them home and read the ones I particularly enjoyed to Hubs. It only took about 20 minutes to read one out loud.

I got Kelly the Junie B. Jones is a beauty shop guy when she graduated from Bon Lossee.

They are all funny. My favorite was the one where she had to bring a pet for show and tell. I'm not sure which one it was.

I remember thinking that Junie was sure a rascally girl. I was glad my kiddos didn't read them and get any crazy Ideas from
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Sarah Sammis
The Junie B. Jones series starts off with Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus in which Junie starts kindergarten an has to learn how to ride the bus to and from school.

Over all, I like the books from the series I've read. Unfortunately, the series gets a rough start. Junie here is acting much too young and her parents and teacher don't seem wiling to give her the support she obviously needs to get over her fears of kindergarten and of riding the bus.

The story is broken up into three parts:
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Kelly Iverson-Egge
I had gone almost 10 years working as a children's librarian without reading a book about Junie B. Jones, so I brought this home with me to read over the summer. I knew my students loved her. I knew that a former colleague hated her ("I keep those books in the closet because I don't like her sassy attitude!"). I think I loved her because of her sassy attitude. Junie B. has been around for over 20 years, but her voice is still fresh. It's no wonder that kids relate to her so well.
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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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