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Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime

(Junie B. Jones #14)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  9,205 ratings  ·  437 reviews
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 more than twenty years. Over 60 million copies in print and now with a bright new look for a new generation!

Meet the World’s Funniest Kindergartner—Junie B. Jones! February 14—Valentime’s Day, as Junie B. calls it—is
Paperback, 80 pages
Published December 21st 1999 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published September 28th 1999)
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Sep 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parents who like to read to their 5-7 year old children.
One of the little girls who I brought to the zoo on Saturday had two Junie B. Jones books with her, and asked if I'd like to read one. I eagerly accepted, having heard good things about them and wanting to know what all the fuss was about.

This was a really cute book, I'll admit. I of course knew the ending well before the end, but that's probably because I'm 28 and not 7. Junie gets a fancy mushy valentine from a secret admirer and then sets out to solve the mystery of who sent it. Along the way
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book even thought it was a very short book. This book is told in first person perspective and is very funny. This book is about a girl named Junie B. Jones and it is valentines day! WOOHOO! So Junie B.'s class is celebrating valentines day by giving away cards to children in their class. Junie B. gets a secret admirer card and is trying to find out who it is. Who is it? Read the book to find out!
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
In this book Junies' class is celebrating Valentines Day which is one of Junies favorite holidays. When Junies teacher tells the class they are going to have a party, she gets very excited and starts making her cards. When Valentines Day finally comes, Junie is very excited until she only gets 16 cards from her class when she should have gotten 17. Junie can not figure out who did not give her one, and she goes crazy trying to figure who it is but she does not figure it out. The next day
Sarah Sammis
Dec 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes books just find me. It seems that the books that find me end up being the most enjoyable reads. My most recent read of a book like this is Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime by Barbara Park. This one is a book that Sean picked out at the last BookCrossing meeting by pulling it off the Dublin Friends of the Library shelf.

The title and the cover illustration told me it would be a quick read but I had the feeling I wouldn't enjoy it. It just seemed too cute. I decided to give
Kori Looker
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I personally love Junie B. Jones books. They're awesome. They're easy to read in a short period of time. In this book, Junie is excited to go to school for Valentines Day to share valentines and candy with her classmates. Junie gets a mushy gushy valentine from her secret admirer but doesn't know who it is! She finds out in the end but I'm not going to ruin the book for you so you must read it! I recommend this book to third to fourth graders and above. Even an older adult would enjoy this book. ...more
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Confession: I've never read a Junie B. Jones book. I know...bad teacher, bad. On the bright side, I think I know why I haven't. It's because I have never had the opportunity to read a Junie B. aloud to students. It's the best thing. Go try it. Find children and read. Now. It's just the most fun read aloud ever.

Alright, fangirling over.

Seriously, though, this Valentine's Day edition of the series is predictable, but the kids eat it up. We had a comprehension guide to go along with each chapter,
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
These are so ridiculously funny to read aloud. Highly recommended for ages 5-8.
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
These books take me right back to elementary school. In a wonderful way, that is. I highly recommend the audio version by Lana Quintal. My daughter and I love listening and laughing together in the car.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was good I loved it!!!! ...more
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this book 6 stars I would go crazy!
Scott Middleton
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2nd-grade-2016
Dear Readers who love Junie B. Jones books,

Have you read Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentine? I think it is a really stunning book, if it was for a race. If I were the judge I would have my mind blown because the author, Barbara Park uses a lot of details to explain the character's feelings and why exactly do feel that way. She tells the reader why Junie B. Jones does those strange things.

Hurray! February 14 it's Valentine's Day, as Junie B. Jones called it just around the corner. Junie
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
My five year old thought it was hilarious. I actually laughed out loud a few times myself.
Siera Eaton
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am reading the junie b jones series like I did when I was little. I adore these books because they are so cute. They are all really good teaching tools for teasing and how to deal with it. They catch the attention of children because they can reminisce back to their kinder-first grade years and reflect on them. These books are an easy read which is great for young readers developing their reading skills and they are cute and funny which always keeps the attention of a young child. This girl ...more
This book was not as good as the other Junie B's I have read. But I guess I should have expected that with Junie B. being Mushy Gushy! Most of these I would give 4 stars.
Mary Ann
Jan 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
Junie's kdgtn class will be celebrating Valentine's Day and they have been asked to bring in a card for everyone. Junie gets the biggest and nicest Valentine, but from her Secret Admirer. She finds out that her admirer is Mean Jim and that the reason he likes her is because she is spunky, but he doesn't want anyone to know that he likes her and that he spent a whole month's allowance on the card for her. She keeps his secret and the two of them are friends.
Aug 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who feel like reading a 20min story
Recommended to Dylan by: my brother
sometimes your lovely valentine can be your worst enemy
Jan 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
OMG!Meanie Jim LIKE'S Junie B.!Anyway it was a great book.
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Sabrina Osman
Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentine is a fiction book about each student having to get seventeen cards or eighteen to give one to their teacher Mrs. too. Mrs. had all the students help design a big box to drop all the Valentine’s day cards in it and Junie B. was the first one to bring her cards. Lucille, Junie B. friend, loves to brag to Grace and Junie B. about how more boys will give her extra cards, since she is of course the prettiest girl in room nine. Towards the end of the book, ...more
Taylor Hodgkiss
Valentines day is coming up so everyone in room 9 has to bring a card for all of their classmates. On the day of the party Junie B receives only 17 cards instead of 18 and she is determined to find out who did not send her one, but just as it seemed hopeless the teacher found the missing card. It was a big beautiful card but it was from her secret admirer-this became her new mission. Was it the shy boy who sat behind her, the boy she barely knew or the boy who always picked on her?
This is the
Rae'Lu McBride
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this book as part of an assignment for my Washington State University Teaching & Learning 307 class. In this book, Junie B. Jones celebrates her very first Valentine’s day at school. Junie calls this holiday Valentime’s and is excited about it until she realizes she has to give a valentine to everyone, including the “meanie” kids. It comes time to pass valentine’s cards around and after everyone is finished, Junie B. looks through her cards and finds that she has one missing card. ...more
I think this is my first Junie B. Jones book I’ve read and it’s quite funny. It reminds me of Superfudge and the like. Junie is a bit annoying and a lot funny. She made me laugh out loud, but it was her teacher’s reaction to Junie that got me.

It’s Valentine’s and her class is making cards for each other. There is a lot of drama over this whole ordeal.

This is a beginning middle grade book for new readers.

I read this with my niece. She read it and then I read it and we talked about it. She
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is the first Junie B Jones book I have ever read. I don't remember if they came after my time or not, but for whatever reason I just didn't pick them up as a kid.

As an adult, it's a trick to get into these. It's written from the perspective of a kindergartner in that type of speech impediment and babyish speak. The chapter book seems a bit advanced for Kindergartners and I find it hard to believe that an older kid would enjoy reading misspelled words like that.

Overall the format is okay. I
Hannah Ellison
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: junie-b-jones
Valentines day was always so much fun in elementary school because everyone had nearly 20-30 valentines! Well, In Junie’s class they were celebrating and it is one of her favorite holidays ever. They get to have a party in her class, and so of course Junie makes everyone a valentine day card. Junie was not happy when she only got 16, instead of 17 and just could not understand why someone would not give her a card. Then, a boy in her class gave her a “mushy gushy” card the next day, which ...more
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
In this installment, we see Lucille truly reveal the inevitable insufferable adult she is likely to be. There will no doubt be endless duck-face selfies, botox injections, and ultimate realization that money can't buy you happiness when it's way too late (likely after her third divorce).

The story is tightly structured and somewhat predictable (for an adult). The "boyfriend-girlfriend" stuff in a Kindergarten setting was a bit overdone, as was the encouragement of secrets among the precocious
McKenzie Richardson

Found a copy of this book in the Lending Library and decided to check it out for an easy read.
The story is simple, the writing is okay, but I really did not like the narration. Junie's narration really bugged me with her misprounciations and incorrect use of past tense verbs. I understand why it was written that way, but for me it was very irritating.
I also didn't really like the whole Valentine theme. The girls turn it into a competition between them, which I don't think was resolved in a very
Zaira Martinez
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: humorous
Barbara Parks does a great job with this book, making it humorous and enjoyable. Barbara once again writes another funny story about Junie B. Jones. In this book Juinie B. is invited to celebrate Valentine's Day with her classmates. Junie B. learns that she will have to give everyone in her class a card, even the classmates that she is not too fond of. At first when Junie B. finds this out she is not very fond of the idea. Then when the day comes she receives a “mushy gushy valentime” from a ...more
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2006
*Note: This is a review of the entire series as a whole because I feel the same about each book.*

Quite honestly, I think this should be one of the first chapter books you let your kids read. Sure, the grammar is a little off at times (it's a small child, come on!) and the subject matter can get a little crazy (Once again, it's a small child!) these books are entertaining and easy to read for your little readers! My cousin who is 6 LOVES these books, and when I was little I loved them too.
Alicia Tavernier
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 8x-chapter-books
This book is a classic about a kindergartener who goes through many events. This is one of a series. Junie is excited about valentines day until she gets a mushy gushy valentine card. This is not only a chapter book but also has pictures on some pages. The illustrations are black and grey. Many children can relate to the emotions and events that Junie goes through. I gave this book 5 stars out of 5 stars because of how light and easy of a read it is, the humor, and the illustrations that show ...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

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“That Grace looked annoyed at me.

"I didn't say you would go to jail, Junie B.," she said. "I just wish you would say the word correctly, that's all.”
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