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Junie B. Jones Collection (Junie B. Jones)

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Junie B. Jones is back on audio with a collection of books that began the well-loved series.

Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus
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.

Audio CD, Unabridged, 6 pages
Published September 23rd 2003 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published July 22nd 2003)
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Paris Junie B. Jones is an amazing books for little girls. I would definitely recommend it for any little girl!

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Oct 04, 2011 Therese rated it it was amazing
Junie B Jones is MY reward. My reward for near five years of dull, repetitive children's books. For five years of colorless, child friendly dialog roboting out my mouth. Now we have Junie. 5 year old Junie, who refers to her mother, affectionately, as "that woman," as in "I looked at that woman real curious." Who explains her foul mood with, "Cuz I'm feelin' CONFLICTED, that's why."

She's not a brat. She's a Mark Twain sprite gone insane. She's my DAUGHTER.

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Dec 11, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it
Junie B. is pretty darn funny. Like when she says, "Clowns are not normal people.....I think." Or when she has visions of dropping a fruitcake on her friend's head out of spite. I find this 5 year old somehow relatable.
Feb 05, 2012 Charlotte rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
Junie B. Jones is big with the K-1st grade set. We've read a LOT of this series. It's good and bad. Anything that gets my kid interested in reading is probably good. She can manage it mostly on her own which is nice. The main character is a precocious kid who is smart and funny. She's also self-centered and kind of a brat, so maybe not the best role model. In many ways it's aimed at amusing adults as much as children. The other thing that bugs me is that it's written the way a little kid ...more
Apr 03, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it
Oh my goodnessss!! I loved the Junie B. Jones books! They were the reason I started reading in the first place when I was really young. I still have a lot of the books, and someday I will give them to my kids. Junie reminded me of myself when I was a kid so that's why I related to them so much. They are great for kids in elementay school. Barbara Park did an awesome job writing the character for Junie! I hope these books are around for a long time to come. (:
Dec 30, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
I love these books and am continually surprised at how many parents don't want their children reading Junie B. Jones. Apparently, they are disturbed by her lack of grammatical prowess (she starts off in kindergarten for Heaven's sake!)and the fact that she has a temper. I find her charming, the situations in the stories all too real and the books to be a delight. I have also found that little kids who like these books are the kind of kids that I love. Makes sense.
Heather A
Mar 14, 2008 Heather A rated it it was amazing
I really like this book soo much!
Oct 10, 2016 Donghua rated it did not like it
I am screening books for my kids and came cross this series. well, I definitely need to avoid this one. over all, the character is spoiled and mean spirited. stupid this, dumb that, I certainly don't want my kid to learn about that, not the language, not the behavior.
Mar 16, 2015 Paula rated it did not like it
Is it wrong of me to detest a fictional 5-year-old? This audiobook consisted of the first 8 books in the Junie B. Jones series, and if I could give them all a negative star review, I would. These books were awful; Junie B. Jones is awful. I was expecting to read about a quirky, funny little girl who gets into amusing scrapes, but instead I read about a selfish, thoughtless, mean bully. How are these books so popular? Do parents even know what's in them? They are chock-a-block full of "teachable ...more
Aug 12, 2014 Pam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mommy-s-shelf
I love these books, and listening to them on audio was so fun! I didn't realize until this rereading, that our family has picked up a quite a few methods of speech from Junie B. (when we originally read them with my currently 14 year old.) Especially, "Hi, how are you today?" when you know you're in a little bit of trouble. Also, whenever we like something, it's "I like those guys!" I can see we will now be adding, "THAT is my favorite thing that I LOVE!" See, my youngest recently said, "I can't ...more
Aug 11, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: family-favs
Junie B is awesome. I get the complaints some parents make that for an early reader the grammatical mistakes and mispronunciations that Junie B makes (as a Kindergartener speaking in her own natural way) might be confusing. These are READ-ALOUD books at their best, people. Snuggle up on the couch with your kids. Get a sassy east-coast kiddie voice on and let Junie B regale them the way she should. The best part of reading these aloud with your kids is doing the voice. Junie B's voice is a skill ...more
Nov 27, 2011 LLash rated it really liked it

Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park is a great series of stories for children of young ages and middle school ages. The books are easy to read and are filled with humor. Junie B. Jones is the main character in all the books that goes through some adventure, all different. For example, in one of the Junie B. series books, she thinks up of a plan to avoid having to ride the big, smelly, stinky bus that has closing doors that squish you. All these stories can relate to little kids, which
Renee Clark
Mar 09, 2015 Renee Clark rated it it was amazing
Shelves: popular-series
It wouldn't be right if I didn't pick Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park for popular series. I have seen firsthand how well these books go over with elementary students. I read these to a first grade class and they not only laughed a lot but their attention was on me the whole time. I myself have almost all of these books and can remember how much I loved them as a kid.

Junie B. Jones is a young girl with a very bright personality. She has a lot of catchphrases and characteristics, strong-willed, fun
Jan 29, 2015 Sherry rated it liked it
The definition of insanity applies here. The books annoyed me when my oldest was in first grade and the audio books are even worse. The 3 stars is for my daughter and they are cute enough but Junie B is annoying. I know the books aren't written for me but listening to shut up, dummy and stupid aloud grates. Yes I have an imperfect mouth and have said worse. Still I don't want to teach my kids that it's okay to say these things to others and these are used regularly enough that I'm Annoyed by it. ...more
H.L. Balcomb
Jan 05, 2016 H.L. Balcomb rated it did not like it
I must be in the minority -- I think the whole series is a huge disappointment. I've read the books to my daughter because her school supports the series, but it's awful -- flat plot line, weak main character, and painful rising and falling action. I rarely call literature a disappointment, yet these books just don't add any depth of insight for me. If you want to feed your daughter's mind, I recommend any book by Enid Blyton -- my personal favorites: The Magic Faraway Tree or The Enchanted ...more
Michelle Cynthia
I've been reading this series to Mia because Junie B. Jones is also in kindergarten, and I can't stand Junie B. Jones! She says dumb, stupid, and hate all of the time, too, in an over dramatic fashion. Over-the-top with the dumb and stupid! My daughter knows better not to repeat these things, but my son will repeat these when he hears me reading them out loud, and then my son will annoy me as much as Junie B. Jones does. The stories would be much more amusing if Junie would tone down the drama ...more
Joline Pruitt
Mar 01, 2013 Joline Pruitt rated it did not like it
With so many lovely children’s books on the market, why oh why would someone encourage their child to read a book filled with bratty mean spirited children that have poor hygiene, terrible grammar and awful manners and extremely inappropriate topics about kissing boys and going to jail in Kindergarten and first grade? Everyone raves about how cute and funny these books are and I can’t stand them! My daughter repeatedly asked me how to pronounce words in these books that were intentionally ...more
Jul 10, 2011 Kendal rated it it was amazing
So funny! Although I understand that parent might not agree that the attitude and bad grammar might not be good for Children, the series is enjoyable and funny. Part of the reason kids enjoy this series is because is so spunky and funny and, above all, relatable. You can understand the funny situations she gets herself into, and thanks to many loving adults in the books she gets herself out and learns a good, and funny, lesson. Loved the different characters in the story! Great stories for ...more
Chloe Ledwith
Feb 26, 2011 Chloe Ledwith rated it really liked it
The Junie B. Jones series, by Barbara Park, are a great series of books for young children. They are very entertaining with the hilarious fictional character, Junie B. Junie B. Jones is introduced as a kindergartner, she is friendly and has a bright personality. She has innocent crushes on boys, and has a fear of monsters, ponies, and roosters. I enjoyed these books very much because of how hilarious this young girl is and the little catch phrases she uses when she talks. She is so funny and you ...more
Mar 30, 2014 Shauni rated it it was amazing
It takes ten minutes to drive to my kids' preschool, and we've started listening to audiobooks on the way there and back. This was the first chapter book we've listened to, and it was a great choice! The reader is excellent at using distinguishable voices for each character. Both kids (ages 3 and 5) enjoyed it, although obviously on different levels. When they don't understand something, we just pause the book and talk about it. We've already started listening to the next set of eight books!
Kristine Kerr
Oct 17, 2013 Kristine Kerr rated it really liked it
We checked this audio version out of the library for a car trip. I have to admit, I wasn't expecting much, but the author has captured the essence of a kindergartner so well--I found myself cracking up on multiple occasions. And the narrator on this audio version does an amazing job! Reminds me so much of my little girl (who is just starting 1st grade and may or may not be just as as precocious as Junie B.). Not a huge fan of how much she says stupid and dumb but it gives you a chance to talk ...more
These are the first chapter books Meg read, at the recommendation of her teacher. Having seen them now, I do not recommend them. Junie B Jones speaks in very poor English, much poorer than the vocabulary of an early reader. It was confusing for Meg, who was by definition an early reader, to try to read words that were improperly used. Logical word flow would have been easier for her. For folks looking for early reader chapter books, I recommend avoiding this series.
Apr 13, 2012 Tori rated it it was amazing
I think this was by far my favorite series of books growing up. Even though i was fully capable of reading on my own my mom loved the books as much as i did and we have a lot of good memories of eagerly searching for the next one out and laughing out loud at the hilarious Junie. I think it had a great deal to do with making me love reading and what a joy it can bring to life. If i have a little girl one day, i'm definetely introducing her to these books.
Sep 13, 2012 Lien rated it it was amazing
The Junie B. Jones books collection was my favorite book series to read in elementary school! Although Junie B. Jones may not always be the nicest person, I found her and her "life" to be entertaining to read as a kid. I still hold these books near and dear to my heart because they were an important part of my childhood. I looked forward to the book fairs at school just to get the newest Junie B. book!
Jun 18, 2011 Wonderland rated it it was amazing
Junie B. Jones is Junie B. AMAZING. I grew up with this series, and it never failed to make me smile and laugh. Junie is so relatable yet so original and her adventures made me want to live and relive them. Barbara Park has turned Junie into an icon for children, and this book couldn't have been done any better.
Carmel Tesmer
Apr 13, 2012 Carmel Tesmer rated it it was amazing
junie B reminds me of how honest, funny and naughty children can be. They will say anything that comes to mind, whether it is flattering or not. They will learn lessons and screw up everyday. And their parents will still love them and their teachers will still teach them. And that is why I love Junie B.
Mar 27, 2012 Natalie rated it really liked it
I have been reading the Junie B. Jones books with my children (5 and 4), and we all love them! Junie B. is a great character, who embodies everything funny and quirky about kindergarteners. The only reason I didn't give these books a 5 star rating is because Junie B. says the words "stupid" and "hate" a lot, and I am trying to teach my kids not to talk that way. Other than that, very fun.
Maddy Gum
Sep 17, 2014 Maddy Gum rated it really liked it
Growing up this was probably my favorite series to read. But looking back she was a total bossy pants and a self-centered brat. She probably isn't a good role model, but personally I think I enjoyed it because I wished that sometimes I was like her. Although now I'm glad I wasn't and I hope my kids never are!
Feb 19, 2012 Chelsea rated it liked it
I've read these with my daughter, and she loves them, but I cannot stand the grammar in it. I dislike how the author uses poor English to try to sound like a little kid. I understand what she is trying to do, but it's almost counter productive to teach my child proper English, and then have her read literature that perpetually uses poor grammar. Entertaining and cute books besides that.
Brynn Hastings
Sep 08, 2014 Brynn Hastings rated it it was amazing
As some of my first chapter books, this series made me want to read every night before bed and had me laughing to the point of tears. The language is relatable for children and will keep them interested. The issues are comical and relatable all in the same. Junie is going to be around for years in the young reader's realm.
I know that there has been controversy over if Junie B Jones has too much of an attitude and how she is always doing things wrong, but I think they are great books for children to read. Junie makes a lot of mistakes in the books but she is surrounded by caring adults who help her to figure out the right way, and she always learns from her mistakes. Love them!
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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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Junie B. Jones (1 - 10 of 28 books)
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  • Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business (Junie B. Jones, #2)
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