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Junie B., First Grader by Barbara Park
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Apr 14, 2012

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bookshelves: kidfic, fiction
Read in November, 2008

I skipped quite a few books since the last one; Junie now has glasses and a baby brother. But she’s still wildly inappropriate and nearly adult in her diction, and funnier than ever. This time around, she’s afraid of Halloween, so decides to dress up as the scariest thing she can think of: a clown. Specifically, Screamy the Clown. Only no one seems be scared of her, it seems, and she gets fruit instead of candy on her first outing, even though she did not say “trick or fruit.”

As always, I thought some of it was truly funny, mostly because of Junie’s unrealistic speech patterns (“I think that will cut down on my part in the conversation”). But while the humor went over my kindergartener’s heads, they caught all the mean words and bad behavior by all the characters. There wasn’t much in the way of a moral or lesson, which is, I think, unfortunate.
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