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

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For use in schools and libraries only. For beginning chapter-book readers, Junie B. Jones always saves the day. Junie B.'s inimitable style wins her friends and fans everywhere. Denise Brunkus's comical, expressive drawings capture all the joys and foibles of kindergarten life.
Hardcover, 77 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 2002)
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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...more
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...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...more
Daddy and I loved this one

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...more
"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
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
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...more
Sarah Sammis
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...more
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
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
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
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
Cara Correll
This is a cute tale to allow young readers to learn all about what goes on in the kitchen of the cafeteria and why each thing is of importance.

great book! my six year old read it in one afternoon, enjoying it thoroughly. she wants to read them all, now.
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...more
Jennifer Kindhart

I loved it
it was very exciting

I like suger cookies
junie b Jones is one of my favorite books

Hi this is ava aren't these great books?

"Full of Innocent Energy."
Okay, I'm not sure what is so endearing about this series. It reads like a cutesy Nick sitcom. Junie's voice does not sound like a first grader to me. It sounds like an adult's thoughts of how a first grader might think or speak. In this book, Junie's uncontrollable energy gets her a helper's position with the school lunch lady. Her energy and problem controlling her thoughts and words cause trouble during lunch. Junie's problem ends well with the lunch lady bringing cookies to her class. Glad I...more
Problem is this: Once we get to this point- Junie B. is a great big first grader now- the kids start wondering when she will learn to behave, when she will begin to speak like a bigger kid, and when she will stop getting into such ridiculous situations. Even a first grader begins to make reasonably good choices and understanding consequences. Not this little girl, however. The antics are still amusing, but they are tinged with a certain degree of "annoyance", said my then first grade son.
Okay, Junie finally has a chance to show May what can happen if she doesn't realize how amazing that, she, Junie, is. Buying your lunch may be the mark of superiority, or it might not be. Bringing your lunch in a new lunchbox is a significant milestone, is it not? Herb and Jose try to be supportive, but they need to eat, right? Sheldon may prove to be the spoiler in Mr. Scary's first grade class. Hmmmm . . .
Junie is surprised to find out that the lady who brought cookies to her kindergarten class the year before works in the lunchroom. She is excited to be invited to help serve lunch one day, but unfortunately things don't go so well. But Mrs. Gutzman makes Junie B. feel much better when she shows up in her first grade classroom with cookies!

Early chapter book, realistic fiction.
Now don't get me wrong, I loved this series when I was in younger, but I think it's the worst book written for little kids. For one, the grammar is completely wrong. Kids would be speaking with very wrong grammar until they're probably in 3rd grade if they read this series. I love its humor, but I just don't think first, second and third graders should be reading this.
Jj Le
In this adventure, Junie B becomes a helper in the cafeteria. At first she was excited to be a helper, but then after she saw and did the work to become a great helper. She realize it's to much for her. So she decide at the end she will hide from her responsibility. But at the end Junie B continues to be a helper and learns everything is not as easy as it seems
Something very wonderful is happening to Junie B. Jones. And it’s called—hurray, hurray!—she’s getting to be a professional lunch lady! And that means hanging out with Mrs. Gutzman in the cafeteria. And standing behind the counter. And even wearing a real actual hair net! Who knows? Pretty soon she could be the boss of the whole entire lunch operation!
Kelci Cox-Griswold
I just finished reading this book to my class of second graders. They loved it. Junie B. is a good character to use when talking about character traits. We are currently doing a persuasive writing unit, so my students took it upon themselves to write persuasive letters to the lunch ladies to let them work in the cafeteria after we read this book. :)
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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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