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

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Meet the World's Funniest Kindergartner—Junie B. Jones!

Remember when it was scary to go to school? With over 50 million books in print, 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 over 20 years! In the 1st Junie B. Jones book, it's Junie B.'s first day and she does...more
ebook, 80 pages
Published November 3rd 2010 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
Mandy 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...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...more
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
Brooke
That was the 1st Junie B. book that i have read.
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
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
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...more
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...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".
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...more
Shannon Jones
It was Awesome!!! pages 69
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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:...more
Kelly
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.
Julie
It's mischievous Junie B. Jones's first day of kindergarten and she hates having to ride the "stupid smelly bus" back and forth from the school building. So, when it's time to leave for the day, she stows away in a storage closet to avoid the trip home. Once everyone is gone, she make the best use of her new freedom. This first book in the Jones series demonstrates why Park's books are so popular with transitional readers. Jones's irrepressible voice is reminiscent of a young child's and her exp...more
Amy
I genuinely enjoyed this one. Very cute and very witty - parts of it definitely made me chuckle out loud. Junie B.'s voice is really unique and believable, and sometimes she says and does things that are just bizarre (she tells her kindergarten teacher that she spit on her shoes to make them shiny), but the weirdness is wonderful and par for the course with little kids who are learning how to act in the world. I know that I can confidently recommend this series to kids, and I think it's one that...more
Angela Moorer
Junie B. Jones is hilarious in this book out of the collection. Junie has some fears about riding the bus that dont get any better as the older students brainwash her into thinking that riding the bus IS truly awful. This book is awesome for a read aloud. Even though it has minimal pictures, students are still drawn in by the language, the adventure, and just simply being able to relate to Junie so well. Anytime there is free time, I'd get out a Junie B Jones book and read aloud about her advent...more
Jordan Croom
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park is the first in a series of books that detail the life of a kindergartner named Junie B Jones, as she begins school. The book presents itself from the viewpoint of Junie B. Jones. The book is easy to read. With short sentences and a fairly basic vocabulary, it appeals greatly to younger readers. They relate to the experiences that Junie B. Jones is going through, and they are able to see it in a humorous light. In the first book of the ser...more
Julie Decker
Junie B. has to go to school on the bus for the first time, and everything is awfully weird and scary to her. The kids on the bus seem like they are slobbering to harm her or embarrass her, and the bus itself is scary and gross, so she decides she just can't bear to get on it. Even if that means not getting to go home from school. . . .

This book's writing style feels a little bit like an adult listened to children talk all day, and then wrote a book in that style getting it exactly right about 1...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...more
Nani Yanagi
Junie B. is off to her first day of kindergarten, when she is forced to ride the “stupid smelly” school bus. The other kids on the bus weren’t nice to her and poured chocolate milk on her head. During that day in school, she didn’t have the best experience. Lucille (the mean girl on the bus) showed off her writing skills, and Jim (the class bully) kept on teasing her the whole day. It was the end of the day when Junie B. realized that she had to go back on that “stupid smelly” school bus. Of cou...more
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...more
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
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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...more
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