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Junie B., First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (P.S. So Does May.) (Junie B. Jones #25)

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Meet the World's Funniest First Grader—Junie B. Jones!

Ho, ho...uh-oh! With over 50 million books in print, 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 over 20 years! In the 25th Junie B. Jones book, it’s holiday time, and Room One is doing lots of fun things to cel
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Hardcover, 128 pages
Published September 27th 2005 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Patti
Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Junie B. Jones is facing her 1st grade class Christmas “Secret Santa” challenge. And oh what a challenge that is because the worst thing ever happens – Junie B. is the last to choose a name and it turns out to be her dreaded obnoxious rival, May.

Funny, delightful, and full of fun is this story of Christmas for a classroom full of 1st. graders. No hesitations or glossy sweetness blanket Mr. Scary’s students, they are just a bunch of 6 yr. olds that are hilariously normal. Yes, after my 18+ years
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Erika
Dec 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-ya
The book was okay but the picture in the back of the author with her golden retriever earned the biggest star.
Lindi
Dec 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny, indy-girl
I love Junie B.! Here's just a little taste:

"'My father says that friends should never borrow money from each other.' [says May]

"I clapped my hands real thrilled. 'Then it's perfect!' I said 'Cause I you and I aren't friends! I don't even like you, May! Plus listen to this! I'm not even borrowing the money! You're just giving it to me! And I'm not paying you back!'

"May made a mad face at me. Then she quick put her wallet away again.

"I slumped way down in my seat. And I tapped my fingers on my d
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Jodi
Dec 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young readers
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Christina
Aug 15, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The disrespect for other people around this character, peers and adults alike is disappointing. How do we expect children to read stories like this and then treat the people around them in a polite and respectful manner.

Let me quote a few instances found in this book:

"Dear Blabbermouth May: My name is Junie B. Jones. How come you can't remember B's? Huh, May? Huh? Are you a block-head or something?"

...in response to the teacher correcting her grammar.
"I threw my head back. "For the love of Pete
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Mara E
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book Junie B.,First grader Jingle bells, batman smells (P.S. So does May.)and it was a great story it was very interesting I didn't want to stop reading it!!!

I really liked how at the end it was making you think what will Junie B. Jones give to May as a Secret Santa. In the beginning May and Junie B. jones were fighting all the time. When Mr.scary told Junie B. Jones to pick the last name that was in the basket Junie wasn't happy because she was not going to pick a name she had to ge
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Annette
Dec 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Junie B. fans
I checked this out on CD from the library. The girls and I listened to it together. It's classic Junie B. Jones only better. It's hilariously funny and it has a wonderful message as well. After we listened to it we talked about the golden rule. I highly recommend this book to all Junie B. Jones fans!
Azalea
These books are filled wit humor and are VERY FUNNy i really LUV THEM nd i read the whole series i luv temmmm!!! nd she is a really good author i really luv all her books their GR8!...... luv junie b jonesss
Lisa
Jan 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the FUNNIEST of them all. OMG. That girl May that picks on her and her teacher Mr. Scarey. You gotta read this one, if not to a kid, just to the kid inside you. It also has a really nice message.
Lizzie
Jan 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It was VERY funny!
Laura
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This kid is awesome. I was crackin up the whole time reading to Nora. Good stuff.
Steph
Dec 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it. I don't know if I should admit this, but it's my first Junie B. Jones book. Funny and sweet. I ended up reading it to the family on Christmas Eve and we all enjoyed it.
Courtney
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can I just say that I loved Junie B. Jones (and you better not forget the B) when I was a younger child, and I love even more reading these stories to my children as they enjoy them as well.

In this story, we learned that Junie B. learned a valuable lesson about being "shellfish" or selfish. Ha. I think each story that we read not only teaches my children lessons that they will one do go through but they also teaches values and goodwill. Yes the stories can be silly, yes Junie B. has an attitude
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Foreign Grid
This was my favorite book out of the series just because of the song

Jingle bells,
Batman smells,
Robin laid an egg.
Batmobile
Lost its wheel,
And Joker got away!

and the line "butts where they don't belong"

Can't remember much else of it though (I read it in elementary) so I can't recommend it otherwise
Hannah Russell
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally some resolution with May. But don't worry, not enough to spoil the fun.
Caught Between Pages
The nostalgia this book brought back is almost worth a full 5 stars... I grew up reading Barbara Park books when I was around the age Junie B is when she gets up to her shenanigans. I love it.
Kelly Demedicis
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kristanne Duncan
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Astrid
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*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. Overal
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Mary Valerio
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Junie B. Jones is a first grader. She talks about her experiences in the first grade class. It's almost Christmas and everyone is getting ready. They are getting ready for their Christmas program and she loves that thing because she gets to wear an elf costume. She loves all of the great activities that they are going to do at school. There is just one little problem, and that is May. May is always tattling on Junie B. and getting her into trouble. Then, Mr. Scary tells them it is time to pick n ...more
Jessica Berry
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-talk
Junie B. Jones is back in action again! It is almost time for Christmas break and Room One is ready to celebrate. They are doing a Holiday Sing- Along and a Secret Santa in their class. For Secret Santa, Junie B. draws the name of the one classmate she cannot stand, tattletale May. May and Junie B. are always talking to their teacher, Mr. Scary, because they do not get along. May and Junie B. have to get along or else they will not be able to participate in the Holiday Sing- Along. They both end ...more
Lisa
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: level-m
Genre: Realistic Fiction (Fiction)

Fountas and Pinnell Reading Level: M

Summary: Junie B. Jones continues to create laughs in this holiday themed story. This book highlights the rivalry between Junie B. (frequently not following the rules) and May (frequently tattling on Junie B.). When Mr. Scary hands out the Secret Santa names, who should Junie B. get but May. She comes up with a sickening plan to ruin May's day, but in the end her nervousness leads to a different result.

Why I Liked/Disliked th
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Debbie
My daughter brought this one home for Spring Break, I was between books and wanted to see what she has been reading about.....

Christmas parties are one of the most anticipated events of First Grade, and when Room One got the chance to see the toys and stuff available at the gift shop, Junie B. wanted the Burb-a-Bag more than anything else in the world. She knew five dollars was a lot and she would have to do some figuring to be able to come up with the money for it. Then the problem was coming u
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Cari Williams
Junie B., First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (P.S. So Does May.) is about Christmas time in room nine. Junie B. and another girl in her class named May never really get along. So when Junie B. is running low on cash for presents, May won't share with her even though she has extra. Junie B.'s teacher tells the class that they will be doing secret Santa, so of course Junie B. is excited. After making bags that their secret Santa gifts will go in, they draw names. Junie B. gets her worst ni ...more
Meredith Hamner
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a reader, I remember my dad reading Junie B. Jones books to me before bedtime. I remember him laughing out loud at some points during the book, especially dealing with the things Grandpa Frank Miller said. I didn't understand why until I read one of the books again. They are HILARIOUS! I enjoyed reading this story about a hilarious first grader who says what she thinks. This book series h

As a teacher, I would not read this particular book aloud to my class because it is centered around a holi
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Renee
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
Jingle bells,
Batman smells,
Robin laid an egg.
Batmobile
Lost its wheel,
And Joker got away!<


When I read this part it reminded me of when I was in grade school and I used to sing this song to be silly just like Junie B. did. My daughter thought that song was hilarious. Junie B. doesn't get along with May (or Tattletale May as Junie calls her) and they keep getting in trouble in class. Room One is having a Secret Santa party and Junie B. chooses May's name for her Secret Santa. Now she has to gi
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Kelly N
I read the book Junie B. Jones because I have listened to my teacher read it to my class.I was wondering what this book was about ,so I decided to read it and I read 1 chapter every day and I didn't stick to the plan because I ended up reading 2 chapters each day because it was so good. I wish the book was longer because it was very interesting details.
I love how the tension rose between May and Junie B. Jones in the beginning but they get along a little bit. I also loved how May called herse
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Dee
Dec 16, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Josiah
May 26, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one would land in the two-and-a-half to three-star range for me.
Barbara Park's comic poise is as faultless as ever, and the unique syntax that qualifies the Junie B. Jones series as such a rarely enjoyable literary find are ever present in this book. Barbara Park also manages to fit the spaces with some real depth of feeling, and takes us through all of this in a narrative that includes some unexpected happenings for all of Junie B.'s fans, regardless of age.
"Junie B., First Grader: Jing
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babyhippoface
Irrepressible first grader Junie B. Jones is back and trying to decide what gift to give to her classroom nemesis May, whose name she has drawn in the class’ “Secret Santa.” With only $5 to spend on her entire family plus tattletale May, and an irresistible “Squeeze-a-Burp” at the school Christmas store, Junie B. entertains thoughts of putting a lump of coal in May’s gift sack. What child with money to spend for the holidays has not felt exactly the way Junie B. does? Kids will wait in line for ...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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