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Junie B. Jones and the  Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park
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Aug 02, 11

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Read in July, 2011

I've seen this series in the library but never picked it up until i was looking for another easy chapter book to read aloud to my 5 yr old dd. We've read 2 of them now- this one and the Pet Day one. This review will be about both of them.

The series is very funny. DD and i look at each other and just laugh at some of Junie's antics ( ie the actual pet Junie brings to Pet Day). They have enuf pictures in them to satisfy my visually-oriented daughter. ( Some of the other early series books lack this, she thinks.) Junie is a feisty original thinker. Not the teacher's pet, that's for sure. As my dd has attended Junior Kindergarten, i think she knows how to behave at school, so i don't think she is getting any ideas about how she could act there.

The books are written as if Junie is speaking and unfortunately the author does not use proper grammar. I think that reading is a time for little children who are just getting used to how to use proper grammar to hear how it is supposed to sound. A 10 year old reading a book where a 5 yr old is speaking can understand it's not correct grammar but is used because that's how a 5 yr old really does speak. A 5 yr old, OTOH, does not know this and thus can think that that is how one says it. So i correct the grammar automatically as i am reading.

Reading this series reminds me that i'm not the only one with a sensitive, independent-minded child who wants their own way no matter what.


Other excellent series for little listeners (girls esp.) are Tess & Abby Pet Sitters series (Goldfish dont blow bubbles by Weibe) and the Magic Treehouse books.

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