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Junie B., First Grader: Boss of Lunch (Junie B. Jones #19)

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Something very wonderful is happening to Junie B. Jones. And it's called hurray, hurray! She's getting to be a professional lunch maker! And that means hanging out with Mrs. Gutzman in the cafeteria. And working behind the counter. And even getting to wear a real actual hair net! Who knows? Maybe one of these days she'll be the boss of this whole operation!
77 pages
Published 2002 by Random House, Inc.
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Oct 23, 2014 Genna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, is about a first grade girl who gets to be a lunch time helper. Last year for Junie's class Mrs.Gutzman brought cookies and milk for her class every week so when Junie saw her working in the lunch room she asked her why they didn't get cookies anymore. When Mrs. Gutzman told her that only the kindergarten kids get them Junie got really mad and threw a fit. In order for Mrs.Gutzman to get her to calm down she invited Junie to help in the kitche
Jan 08, 2015 Yara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Melissa Newton
Mar 30, 2016 Melissa Newton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Junie B., First Grader: Boss of Lunch

Author/Illustrator: Barbara Park

Genre: Transitional Chapter Book

Theme(s): The Lunch Room, Elementary School, Responsibility, Growing Up

Opening line/sentence:
Dear first-grade journal,
Hurray! Hurray! It came! It finally came!

Brief Book Summary:
Junie B. Jones first gets a new lunchbox in the mail, and her interest in lunch time at school begins to grow. At lunch one day, she learns that Mrs. Gutzman, a lunch lady she used to adore, still works at her s
Gloria Copeland
Feb 19, 2015 Gloria Copeland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Realistic Fiction review
ELM 572

In Barbara Park’s, “Junie B., “First Grader Boss of Lunch”, I enjoyed the realistic fiction about Junie B. being a helper in the cafeteria with her kindergarten sugar cookie friend Mrs. Gutzman because she was her favorite. Junie B. did not realize the responsibilities of being a helper and following the rules was such a big job. But, with the permission and advice from her parents she was ready to help her friend in the cafeteria. Mrs. Gutzman outfitted J
Lorie Eckert
My seven year old granddaughter and I bond further with still another Junie B book. This time little Tillie gave me the book and a quiz sheet with four questions to answer after reading the text. I think I will get 100% correct on the test. I love to do well!!

I had two favorite parts in the book. One was Junie B's mention of her baby brother, Ollie. She says of him, "Ollie is ten months old. He cannot skip or play tag or color. So far, I am not satisfied with him." Since my Tillie has a nine mo
Oct 06, 2008 Tawnie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
Grades: 1 to 3 Genre: Realistic Fiction
Junie B. is excited about her new lunch box. It is too much of a temptation, so she keeps peaking at it during class, much to her teacher’s annoyance. When lunch finally comes, Junie B. is a little disappointed that none of her friends brought their lunches as well. She notices that one of her classmates has a cookie just like the ones that Mrs. Gutzman brought to her class when she was in kindergarten. She is trilled that Mrs. Gutzman is one of the lunch l
Jessica Lee
Dec 07, 2015 Jessica Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this book, Junie B. gets an opportunity to help out in the kitchen at school and ends up ruining everyone’s lunch, so all her classmates are mad at her, however, she apologizes later and makes everything okay again with cookies.
This book is important for my database because it teaches that when you are in a place where you have the power to ruin someone's lunch that other people worked hard on, you probably shouldn't do it. Junie B.'s shenanigans are always teaching lessons, even though Barb
Jul 20, 2016 Kristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Junie B. Jones is thrilled to bring her new bird lunchbox to school and leave behind the brown paper-bagged lunch. During class, she finds herself in trouble for looking at it during instructional time. May, a bully in the class, always tattles on Junie B. May told on Junie B. for looking at her lunch box during class. The girls begin arguing about which is cooler: Bought or brought lunch. Junie feels uneasy about her new lunchbox, and realizes she and one other child do not have a sugar cookie ...more
Ariel Smith
Personal Reaction: I loved Junie B. when I was younger so I decided to relive my childhood and reread some of them. Junie is such a great character for children to relate to especially in the younger grades. Reading them now I don’t think that she is a child I would want my child to be like because she is a brat and doesn’t listen to her mother or teacher, but it is appropriate for when you’re a child. Junie B books were my favorite, and truthfully still are. The writing just makes me happy.

Megan Mandl
Personal Response: I really enjoyed the humor of this book and could easily see children appreciating it, too. I like how Junie B. Jones is a little crazy and is always very passionate. She is even a little sassy, which I really liked. I also enjoyed how quick she was to bounce back, after she had embarrassed herself in front of everyone. I also thought it was funny that she was so excited to help work in the lunchroom, because children often get so excited about the smallest things.

Mackenzie Sipes
Reaction: I absolutely adore all of the Junie B Jones books, so I decided to reread this one. Junie is an interesting character that I loved when I was little. Reading as an adult, I found her bratty and disrespectful. However, the story line overall was nice. It seems to be appropriate for first graders to read.

Independent: I feel like this would be good to suggest to girls in first grade. Junie experiences many things that girls at this age experience. IN this story in particular, she gets to
Kayla H. Hoard
Nov 29, 2014 Kayla H. Hoard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: popular-series
Junie B. Jones is a first grader and she just got a brand new lunchbox with baby birds all over it! Junie B. just couldn't wait until lunch time to open her new lunchbox so she opened it in class, and of course, her mean classmate May tattled on her. It finally got time for lunch and Junie noticed that her and only one other boy named Sherman brought their lunch. A few of her classmates went on to explain to her that in first grade, BOUGHT lunch was way better than BROUGHT lunch but Junie B. did ...more
My Kindergartner brought this book home on library day. He and his brother (3 1/2) enjoyed the story and laughed out loud at several parts.

A few of the jokes were over their heads and had to be explained.

The book is written like a 7 year old would speak/think. In some ways, I don't mind the poor grammar at all (I'm no grammar police and I'm sure there is someone shuddering at the errors in this review), especially in the dialogue, since young children can easy relate to the characters.

However th
Brenda Cregor
Sep 01, 2014 Brenda Cregor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Junie B. Jones is a delight.
If you do not believe a child like her have not taught in a public school lately.
June B. is a compilation of every naughty, sassy, loud mouthed girl-child who has ever walked the Earth, and I adore her.
I gave 4 stars because I always feel compelled to correct Junie's grammar when I am reading out loud to students.
They already have major role models speaking with distorted verb conjugation and double negatives.
I don't think they need one more human destroy
Jan 30, 2010 Madeline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daddy and I loved this one
Mar 04, 2014 Bahar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Junie B. Jones is very excited about her new bird lunchbox. She keeps looking at it during class, sparking a debate over whether it is better to bring your lunch or buy it. In the cafeteria, she realizes that she and another boy are the only ones who do not buy their lunch. Her friend Jose lets her have a bite of his cookie, and she talks about Mrs. Gutzman, who used to bring cookies to her class last year. Junie B. runs to the kitchen when she hears that Mrs. Gutzman is working there. H
"You're not the boss of me"! This is the mantra that i most vividly remember from my childhood days. I did not utter it-- Oh, no! I still hear it echoed to me through the ghostly voices of my, once young, brothers and sister. I was the eldest child and felt it was my responsibility (and sacred calling) to, "take care of" my younger siblings. Casting aside the really deep and psychological wounds that all of that implies, let us get on to this really great volume of Early Reading Literature: Juni ...more
Jun 19, 2011 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE IT!!!! when i was littel, my mom would read the Junie B Jones books to me and not to long ago i had gone down in our basment and cleared out all of the younger chilidren chapter books, thinking we would give them to my younger cosins. well my grandmother had said that we could send them to the town where she lives and give them to the library, so i had pulled the Junie B Jones just to look at and found my apsolut favorit one, Boss Of Lunch. i read it and laughed the entire time! i havent ...more
Oct 25, 2011 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most all of us have read about Junie B. Jones in kindergarten, but Junie B., First Grader: Boss of Lunch is a different experience about Junie in first grade. In this book Junie B Jones is starting first grade. Mrs. Gutzman, the lady who brought cookies to her kindergarten class the year before, asks Junie if she wants to help in the lunchroom. She is super excited and can't wait for the first day. But, she has a tantrum on the first day of the job, and ends up not working in the lunchroom anym ...more
Zach Larson
Junie B, First Graders Boss of Lunch by Barbara Park, with illustrations by Denise Brunkus, is about a first grader named Junie and her adventures at school. It is a part of an ongoing series. This book focuses on Junie’s new lunch box, her interactions with her teacher Ms. Scary and her classmates, and experiences she has throughout the day. The book touches on school rules (no opening lunch box before lunch), the awkwardness of being the only student to bring your lunch, and interacting with t ...more
Kayla Spohr
Junie B. gets to help the lunch lady, Mrs. Guzman! She gets to wear gloves, an apron, and even a hair net! She has jobs to do, and has to be remember that she is just a helper, not the boss. This book could be used in a lesson about nutrition and eating healthy food. A field trip to the school kitchen to see how food is made could be a fun idea too!
I remember when I would be a lunch helper in about 6th grade, that made this book relatable to me so I liked that aspect of it.
Nicole Hassan
summary: Junie B os a 1st grader who has strong opinions. She is asked to help out with lunch by one of her old friends from the school staff. She gets herself into a little trouble when she thinks that she is the boss and not just a helper.
age: I think this book would be fun for kids in first grade to read because they could relate to Junie B's many adventures (there are over 30 books about her). But, it may be difficult for them. Intermidiate readers would be able to read these books on their
Apr 23, 2015 Dany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought the book was great because it was very funny that Junie B. Jones did things that make her personality a funny girl. Also Junie B. Jones is a little bit like me, she dislikes people, maybe fight them, which is so totally me. I like this book, because I feel that I am in the story watching everything through my own eyes. Totally a five star rating..... everyone will fall in love with Junie B. Jones if they read the book.
Apr 15, 2015 Furrawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Junie B takes her lunch packed by her mom in a new lunchbox. This begins the debate between the kids- which lunch is better? Bought or brought?

Junie B gets to help in the cafeteria. It goes badly because she gets a bit bossy and calks the tuna noodle casserole "tuna noodle stinkle."

Lunch at school, bullying, helping others, and what's inappropriate to say aloud are all topics olin this book.

Wonderful book.
Sarah Sammis
May 23, 2008 Sarah Sammis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: released
Although my last two reviews of books from the Junie B. Jones series were harsh, I do still enjoy the series. Junie B., First Grader: Boss of Lunch (#19) is the second book in the series where Junie B. has moved onto first grade.

In these later books she is better settled and more mature. Junie B. loves being in first grade but she misses some of the perks of being a kindergartner, like the cookies she used to get at snack time.

Besides wanting the cookies, Junie B. wants to feel important. She th
Reading this book made me relive my childhood of my love for a Junie B. Jones book. I love how Junie is a sassy, comical girl that any child can relate to because of her different experiences and adventures. Specifically, I thought it was great that Junie got the chance to help out in the kitchen, which I think would be a great experience for all children to do at least once.
Oct 18, 2015 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
Junie B. gets a new lunch box. While all her friends are eating the school lunch with a sugar cookie, she has the lunch her mother packed. May is still mean to Junie and then Junie learns that the lunch lady who used to bring her kindergarten class cookies and milk is still at the school and in the lunch room. She runs into the kitchen and starts calling for the lunch lady. She gets into trouble for her behavior and the lunch lady makes an arrangement for her to come work in the cafeteria. Her p ...more
Dec 29, 2009 Runa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This, among the other Junie B. Jones books, is a fantastic example of children's literature. The journal entries as well as the first-person narration make for a very relatable book for this age level. I know when I was a child, I completely related to Junie B. Jones, despite her love of over-exaggeration. It's childish in a charming way, and I can't wait to keep these books in my classroom when I'm teaching. The series is funny for all ages, and I was pleasantly surprised to find myself laughin ...more
Mar 18, 2012 Ensiform rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, kidfic
I read this to the kindergarten class. In this slim entry, Junie (now a first grader) is allowed to help out her friend Mrs. Gutzman in the school cafeteria, but soon realizes that there are rules there too. I didn’t care too much for the other Junie book I read (Junie B. Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth) in 2006; this time around, I was a bit more tolerant of Junie’s self-absorbed ways, and I really enjoyed the subtle humor, likely to go over most kids’ heads. This book seemed to have a more concret ...more
Junie gets to help the lunch lady, but it turns out to be kind of a disaster. But then the lunch lady brings cookies to her classroom later which is pretty cool and helps smooth things over for Junie.
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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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