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The Kid in the Red Jacket

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  644 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
If you thought Junie B. Jones was FUNNY—catch more laughs from New York Times bestselling author Barbara Park with her hilarious middle-grade novels—just right for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and I Funny!

Can Howard SURVIVE life without friends?
Howard Jeeter’s parents have ruined his life. They’ve moved him across the country, and all the kids in his new town act like
Paperback, 144 pages
Published August 12th 1988 by Yearling (first published April 12th 1987)
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Oct 22, 2014 Ashley rated it it was amazing
As part of UMHB's READ3307, I read "The Kid in the Red Jacket." I remember reading this book in 4th grade & loving it. I read it a few years ago again & enjoyed it & appreciated it just the same, but with a different, older perspective. This book was written by Barbara Park, who also authored the Junie B. Jones series. The Kid in the Red Jacket follows a young boy, Howard, as he and his family move to a new town and he's the new kid at his new school. The book is written in 1st perso ...more
Dec 19, 2010 Emily rated it liked it
This book was a book project for school. I thought the book was ok because it was more a boyish kind of book. If you are an educator this book is a great learning guide because the are many hands on activities to go along with the reading.
Jan 29, 2009 Debsorensenlogan rated it it was amazing
I was rolling on the ground, laughing through ever page...I loved this one...recomended to everyone who ever had to move...I've read it to my 3rd graders (who didn't laugh as much as I did) and my 5th graders (who laughed MORE than I did)...
May 07, 2009 Joanie rated it really liked it
Cute, kid has to move and make new friends... is afraid of becoming the "new kid" or the "wierd kid" he has never been especially nice to. By the author of the Junie B. Jones books. Working well with my 3rd grade group.
Sep 02, 2014 Susie rated it really liked it
Great example of voice; this book sounds like it could have been dictated by a ten year old boy. As I read it, I kept thinking how sad it was that Barbara Park died last year. I can see why there are teachers who start off the year using this as a read aloud; many points could be made and discussions ensue. I compared this to my feelings when I moved when I was nine. Although I knew I would miss many good friends (and cried several times) I was thrilled to be moving to the state capital! My frie ...more
Mrs. Downs
GR Level: O

Elementary: FIC PAR

Same author as Junie B. Jones. Really funny story of a really funny boy.
Maggie Mcateer
Feb 18, 2016 Maggie Mcateer rated it really liked it
This is a real review written by a 7 year old:

This story is about a boy and his family moving from Arizona to Massachusetts. He discovers changes in this book too.

I liked how Howard changed at the end. He started to have compassion to Molly his neighbor.

I really didn't like the part when Pete and Ollie come over to Howard's house, and start to play keep away.

I would recommend this book to friends who like their feelings brought out. I would not recommend this book to friends who don't like to
Feb 01, 2011 Bee rated it it was amazing
Any kid from ages 9-12 should read this book. It was my first emotional book when I was 9! Wonderful!!!
Jan 21, 2013 Allison rated it it was amazing
Wonderful. Not surprised at all that my 4th graders like it so much!
Apr 11, 2010 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Great book for 5th graders. My classes really loved this book!
Sep 06, 2012 Madi rated it it was amazing
Hahaha! i laugh just THINKING about this book! LOL
Mar 11, 2008 Jen rated it liked it
Shelves: child-lit
Howard Jeeter and his family have moved thousands of miles from Arizona to Massachusetts. Nothing is going quite right for Howard; he misses all his old surroundings and friends in Arizona, the kids at his new school seems to ignore him, and he's constantly pestered by Molly Vera Thompson, the annoying 6-year-old who lives across the street. Will Howard finally adjust to his new home? Will Molly ever leave him alone?

Barbara Park has a real gift for writing to children. I've read her books before
Nafi Camara
Aug 02, 2012 Nafi Camara rated it it was amazing
1. I like this book because I could relate to it. For example, on page 7 it says, “I’m bored and my leg’s hot,” I whined “Also I think I might be getting carsick.” Just like me, when I don’t want to go somewhere I nag about it to make the place sound bad. Also, on page 61 it says on the first day of school no one talked too talked to him except Molly. Also, like me when I first started ST.HOPE nobody talked to me except Gazelle.

2. I would recommend this book to my older cousin Mory because when
Brooke Baker
Nov 03, 2010 Brooke Baker rated it it was ok
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Dec 01, 2007 Deidra rated it it was amazing
Written by Barbara Park, illustrated by Jim Warren. Published by Random House, Inc., copyright 1987.

Grade level: 4th and up

Ten year old Howard Jeeter has to deal with a lot of changes in his life when his family decides to move from warm Arizona to chilly Massachusettes. As if his life isn't ruined enough, he soon catches the attentions of a six-year old girl from across the street that just won't leave him alone. Howard does need a friend, but this annoying little girl wasn't what he had in min
Feb 11, 2015 Josiah rated it it was amazing
I learned so much emotionally from this book, and also received a substantial amount of personal validation. Everything good about Barbara Park's writing is here—all-time great humor, meaningful literary wisdom, perfect understanding and expression of the inner workings of the human heart—and comes together to make one of the most memorable reading experiences it has ever been my pleasure to have come my way. The Kid in the Red Jacket holds a very special place in my heart, and I adore it. I th ...more
Oct 14, 2007 Emco rated it liked it
Recommends it for: kids
The book I start each school year with. The main character is hilarious and completely sarcastic. He has to deal with moving across the country in fifth grade and trying to fit in as the new kid. The only thing that bothers me about this book is that Barbara Park names his little brother "Gaylord" obviously as a huge joke. This always gets the kids cracking up and makes me feel like a giant bigot creating 21 tiny bigots who think it's okay to laugh hysterically at the idea. Maybe I need to stop ...more
Anna Dipprey
The Kid in the Red Jacket is about a 10 year old boy named Howard who moves to a new state with his family. He attracts the attention of the 6-year-old neighbor girl, who goes to extreme lengths to be his friend. This book is great for students in the 3rd or 4th grade to read because it talks a lot about friendship, a major part of elementary school. Although this book is a little old, I think this book is very relatable, and many students will be excited about reading it.
This book would be gr
Katie Rogler
I really enjoyed reading The Kid in the Red Jacket and this book is definitely necessary for a classroom. This book was humorous as well as serious, sad, and happy. I experienced many different emotions while reading this book which is something that I enjoyed. I enjoyed reading about the main character Howard, because all he wants to do is fit in and make friends. He eventually finds his place and makes friends and even gains the attention crazy little girl Molly and even learns to consider her ...more
Apr 13, 2015 Jaylyn rated it liked it
Personal Reaction- This book is very relevant to myself, I moved many times growing up and it is a very difficult transition. The main character is a young boy which can help other young boys relate to him. An easy read and good for 3rd-4th graders.

Purposes- This book could be a good book to use for at the beginning of the school year because it shows that no matter where you come from or who you are we all struggle with hardships but how we handle them is the most important lesson. I want to te
Kaley Robinson
Apr 14, 2015 Kaley Robinson rated it really liked it
Howard has to move from Arizona to Massachusetts. Howard has to deal with making new friends, experiencing a new climate, and figuring out how he wants to act. Howard is faced with an annoying neighbor, an interesting dynamic of friends, and learning to deal to how to live in a place with snow and not sun. This story had many parts that students could relate to. There was moving to a new state, a new town, and even a new friend group. Howard has a lot of problems dealing with how people feel abo ...more
Ms. Yingling

Howard's parents have decided to move all the way across the country to Massachusetts, and he isn't happy about it. It's bad enough that he has to put up with baby brother Gaylord, but when 6-year-old neighbor Molly decides he will be her new best friend, it just adds to his difficulties, but his parents make it very clear that Molly has had a harder life than his, and he should be nice to her. He has the usual issues with fitting into his new school, but eventually settles in and is able to rep
Apr 11, 2015 Kimberly rated it liked it
Personal reaction: I liked this book, but I found the main character to be somewhat exaggerated. I understand that moving to a new state, house, and school can be very trying for a kid, but I thought the author overdid his anguish a little bit.

Purposes: This would be a good that 2-4th graders would enjoy to read independently. It has good life lessons like learning how to fit in, and being a friend to someone who you wouldn't originally try to be friends with. Discussions about genres such as re
Mar 24, 2015 Gina rated it it was amazing
This is one of my nostalgic favorites from when I used to do read alouds with my fifth grade classes way back in the day. I've read it so many times that I honestly felt like I knew the words by heart as I read this to my own fifth grade daughter. She loved it as much as I do! The story of a fifth grade boy who moves from AZ to MA and finds that the next door neighbor who desperately wants to be his new best friend is a loud, crazy, six year old girl. Humor and empathy both play important roles ...more
Jan 26, 2016 VY rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favourite and humourous books to read and re-read. What's it like to be a New Kid? Well, when Howard Jeeter is forced to move across States, he couldn't voice his opposition about the displacement any more loudly. In his new home in Massachusetts, he learns some life lessons about how friends are made, and what true friendship really means. Can a Fifth-Grade boy really find anything in common and relate to a First Grade girl?
Collin Goodman
Feb 10, 2014 Collin Goodman rated it really liked it
My book review is going to be about the kid in the red jacket. The main characters name is Howard, His family is moving from Arizona, to Massachusetts. Howard does not want to sit by his little baby brother Gaylord, Because he won’t stop crying because the sun is in his eyes.
When they get to there new house, There is a surprise waiting for them. they finally get there the start unpacking. Howard and his dad got in the car and a little girl pops up and seed Hi. Her name was Molly she started to l
Feb 08, 2015 Jonathan rated it really liked it
Much nostalgia. For whatever reason, the image of the kid sticking an entire orange in his mouth stayed with me from the first time I read it in 3rd or 4th grade.
Aug 01, 2011 Andrea added it
This was recommended to me by one of the students at school, and my son and I read it together. It's the story of Howard, a boy who is forced to move from his beloved home in Arizona to Massachusetts for his father's job. I really enjoyed the way the author communicated the main character's loneliness and repressed anger at his parents, and used it to help Howard understand and develop sympathy for Molly, the annoying little girl across the street. My son drew parallels between Molly and Howard ...more
Oct 07, 2013 Kai.s rated it really liked it
Wait a minute... Is it about this book? ohhh.
Barbara Park is a wonderful childhood author and I think it is really great if you all like funny and LOL books. But this book has magical special magic in it, which means theres not just funny and LOL, they also make you think real hard and maybe you are in that story. And also when you read this and think about yourself and the main character feeling it would be the same or different. But to me I changed from being a
It was a good book but I really thought that at the end of the story Molly was going to change the way she was acting.
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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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