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

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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 more than twenty years. Over 60 million copies in print and now with a bright new look for a new generation!
Meet the World’s Funniest First Grader—Junie B. Jones! Something very wonderful is happening to Junie B. And i
ebook, 96 pages
Published March 12th 2009 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2002)
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As a retired elementary teacher, I know young children really enjoy the Junie B book series. They are full of humor and contain stories and events that Pre-K through second grade children can relate. But I have to admit that as a teacher some of Junie's behavior does not set a good example. Also now that Junie B is a first grader, I would actually like to see some improvement in her speech/grammar.

These books are great read alouds for younger students. Some of the humor might have to be explain
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
Oct 21, 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
Paige Scott
Aug 25, 2016 Paige Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-summaries
1) This book is about Junie B, as a first grader wanting to help in the cafeteria at school so bad that she cannot stand it. She really wants to help after she realizes Mrs. Gutzman works in there, the lady who would bring her cookies in Kindergarten. She begs her parents, and then she finally gets to experience working in the cafeteria with Mrs. Gutzman. Anything that needs to be done, she is willing to do, and is so proud to be working alongside the other lunch ladies. However, Junie B runs in ...more
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
Katherine Austin
Oct 28, 2016 Katherine Austin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reading-4050
1) Book summary, in your own words (3 pts)
-Junie B. Jones is a first grader in Room One. She is very excited because her mom just bought her a new lunch box and matching thermos and can hardly pay attention in class because she cannot wait to show it off. Unfortunately, another girl in the class, May, is constantly making fun of Junie B. and the new lunch box just gave May more material to use against her. May insists that buying lunches is better and cooler than bringing a lunch. Mrs. Gutzman t
Lorie Kleiner 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
Jan 08, 2015 Yara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 20, 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 06, 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
Jan 30, 2010 Madeline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daddy and I loved this one
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
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
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
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.

Ashley Simpson
Sep 11, 2016 Ashley Simpson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reading-350
Junie B. Jones receives a cool new lunchbox and ends up getting into an argument with her classmates on whether its better to bring your lunch or to buy your lunch from the cafeteria. Once lunch rolls around, Junie B. notices that since she brought her lunch, she didn't get a sugar cookie which she loves! She sees Ms. Gutzman working in the lunch room and runs to her throwing a fit about not getting a cookie of her own. After a few more events of Junie B. breaking some rules, Ms. Gutzman offers ...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, 2013 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
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
"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
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.

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
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
Sarah Sammis
Nov 13, 2007 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
Aug 24, 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
Apr 17, 2014 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 23, 2011 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
Jul 31, 2009 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We have just recently discovered the Junie B. Jones books. (My just turned 7-year old and 5.5 year old.) And although they aren't perfect, they are delightful to read and my kids adore them.

The grammar isn't perfect but it certainly sounds real! She calls a few names that make me cringe but it's all in keeping of a realistic first grader.

We've read about a half a dozen of these books and will read many more! They are cute, realistic, and actually make me chuckle out loud. When it's my husband's
Anna J.
Junie B., First Grader: Boss of Lunch by Barbara Park is a humorous book in the Junie B. Jones series that will make readers laugh. This particular chapter book is about Junie B. Jones’s adventures helping Mrs. Gutzman, the lunch lady, in the cafeteria. Junie B. thinks she is going to be the “Boss of Lunch;” however, things do not go exactly as planned, and she is relieved of her duties. She does get to pass out cookies in her classroom, however, and she finds that just maybe she likes being the ...more
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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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