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Junie B., First Grader: Boss of Lunch (Junie B. Jones, #19) (Junie B. Jones #19)

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

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 19th Junie B. Jones book, something very wonderful is happening to Junie B.. And it's called—hurray, hurray!
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Published (first published January 1st 2002)
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Leslie Miller
My class liked it.... me, not so much. Junie is NOT likable.
Melissa Newton
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Junie B., First Grader: Boss of Lunch

Author/Illustrator: Barbara Park

Genre: Transitional Chapter Book

Theme(s): The Lunch Room, Elementary School, Responsibility, Growing Up

Opening line/sentence:
Dear first-grade journal,
Hurray! Hurray! It came! It finally came!

Brief Book Summary:
Junie B. Jones first gets a new lunchbox in the mail, and her interest in lunch time at school begins to grow. At lunch one day, she learns that Mrs. Gutzman, a lunch lady she used to adore, still works at her s
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Genna
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plot:
The book Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, is about a first grade girl who gets to be a lunch time helper. Last year for Junie's class Mrs.Gutzman brought cookies and milk for her class every week so when Junie saw her working in the lunch room she asked her why they didn't get cookies anymore. When Mrs. Gutzman told her that only the kindergarten kids get them Junie got really mad and threw a fit. In order for Mrs.Gutzman to get her to calm down she invited Junie to help in the kitche
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Paige Scott
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-summaries
1) This book is about Junie B, as a first grader wanting to help in the cafeteria at school so bad that she cannot stand it. She really wants to help after she realizes Mrs. Gutzman works in there, the lady who would bring her cookies in Kindergarten. She begs her parents, and then she finally gets to experience working in the cafeteria with Mrs. Gutzman. Anything that needs to be done, she is willing to do, and is so proud to be working alongside the other lunch ladies. However, Junie B runs in ...more
Gloria Copeland
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Realistic Fiction review
ELM 572
2-19-2015

In Barbara Park’s, “Junie B., “First Grader Boss of Lunch”, I enjoyed the realistic fiction about Junie B. being a helper in the cafeteria with her kindergarten sugar cookie friend Mrs. Gutzman because she was her favorite. Junie B. did not realize the responsibilities of being a helper and following the rules was such a big job. But, with the permission and advice from her parents she was ready to help her friend in the cafeteria. Mrs. Gutzman outfitted J
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Katherine Austin
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reading-4050
1) Book summary, in your own words (3 pts)
-Junie B. Jones is a first grader in Room One. She is very excited because her mom just bought her a new lunch box and matching thermos and can hardly pay attention in class because she cannot wait to show it off. Unfortunately, another girl in the class, May, is constantly making fun of Junie B. and the new lunch box just gave May more material to use against her. May insists that buying lunches is better and cooler than bringing a lunch. Mrs. Gutzman t
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Lorie Kleiner Eckert
My seven year old granddaughter and I bond further with still another Junie B book. This time little Tillie gave me the book and a quiz sheet with four questions to answer after reading the text. I think I will get 100% correct on the test. I love to do well!!

I had two favorite parts in the book. One was Junie B's mention of her baby brother, Ollie. She says of him, "Ollie is ten months old. He cannot skip or play tag or color. So far, I am not satisfied with him." Since my Tillie has a nine mo
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Yara
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Tawnie
Jul 20, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
Grades: 1 to 3 Genre: Realistic Fiction
Junie B. is excited about her new lunch box. It is too much of a temptation, so she keeps peaking at it during class, much to her teacher’s annoyance. When lunch finally comes, Junie B. is a little disappointed that none of her friends brought their lunches as well. She notices that one of her classmates has a cookie just like the ones that Mrs. Gutzman brought to her class when she was in kindergarten. She is trilled that Mrs. Gutzman is one of the lunch l
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Jessica Lee
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this book, Junie B. gets an opportunity to help out in the kitchen at school and ends up ruining everyone’s lunch, so all her classmates are mad at her, however, she apologizes later and makes everything okay again with cookies.
This book is important for my database because it teaches that when you are in a place where you have the power to ruin someone's lunch that other people worked hard on, you probably shouldn't do it. Junie B.'s shenanigans are always teaching lessons, even though Barb
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Loraine
As a retired elementary teacher, I know young children really enjoy the Junie B book series. They are full of humor and contain stories and events that Pre-K through second grade children can relate. But I have to admit that as a teacher some of Junie's behavior does not set a good example. Also now that Junie B is a first grader, I would actually like to see some improvement in her speech/grammar.

These books are great read alouds for younger students. Some of the humor might have to be explain
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Madeline
Jan 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daddy and I loved this one
Brianna Holbrook
Junie B. Jones is very excited about her new bird lunchbox. She keeps looking at it during class, sparking a debate over whether it is better to bring your lunch or buy it. In the cafeteria, she realizes that she and another boy are the only ones who do not buy their lunch. Her friend Jose lets her have a bite of his cookie, and she talks about Mrs. Gutzman, who used to bring cookies to her class last year. Junie B. runs to the kitchen when she hears that Mrs. Gutzman is working there. Her teach ...more
Rick Silva
Junie B meets up with an old friend: Mrs. Gutzman, the lady who used to deliver snacks to her classroom back when she was in kindergarten. Well, now that Junie B. is a first grader, there are no more cookie deliveries, and Junie B. finds herself engaged in the longstanding debate of brought lunch versus bought lunch.

But meeting up with Mrs. Gutzman opens up a whole new opportunity for Junie B. when she gets the chance to be a lunchroom helper! Junie B. is determined to be the best lunch helper e
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Hannah Ellison
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: junie-b-jones
Junie B. Jones is a first grader who tends to have obsessive tendencies when she finds new things that she likes and she just received a new lunchbox in the mail and this sparks her sudden interest in lunch time and the cafeteria. This leads to Junie finding out she gets to help in the cafeteria at school. She is so excited because she is always wanting to hangout with her lunch lady friend Mrs. Gutzman. Junie is also really excited about the fact that she gets to wear a real hair net, and apron ...more
Astrid
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. Overal
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Amber
There were parts of this book that were funny, and the writing style is actually fairly accurate for how a young kindergarten aged and first grade aged child would speak. However there is a character (Mary) in the book that I thought was really rude, she was kind of a bully really. Then there is Junie B. herself who is kind of a brat, and she doesn't speak nicely very often to or about anyone or anything.
Rachel Robinson
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am just doing some light, summer reading.
Being that I am a first grade teacher, and that Junie B. Jones is a first grader, I think that my students will enjoy this book, as well as the others in this series. I found it to be amusing, and look forward to reading the rest!
Christy
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just read this one with my 6-year old. I'm so excited she's old enough for chapter books! Cute story, and I love the main character's voice. My daughter giggled through the whole book. We'll definitely be reading more Junie B. Jones books!
Melanie
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ick. A helper is not the boss.
Tazz
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Funny and light
Cynthia Boggs
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
AWESOME!!!!

Loved the book. My daughter thought it was awesome, she cant wait to read the next one! Great bedtime story.
Abraham Mathew
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious
Kayla H. Hoard
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: popular-series
Junie B. Jones is a first grader and she just got a brand new lunchbox with baby birds all over it! Junie B. just couldn't wait until lunch time to open her new lunchbox so she opened it in class, and of course, her mean classmate May tattled on her. It finally got time for lunch and Junie noticed that her and only one other boy named Sherman brought their lunch. A few of her classmates went on to explain to her that in first grade, BOUGHT lunch was way better than BROUGHT lunch but Junie B. did ...more
Kristina
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Junie B. Jones is thrilled to bring her new bird lunchbox to school and leave behind the brown paper-bagged lunch. During class, she finds herself in trouble for looking at it during instructional time. May, a bully in the class, always tattles on Junie B. May told on Junie B. for looking at her lunch box during class. The girls begin arguing about which is cooler: Bought or brought lunch. Junie feels uneasy about her new lunchbox, and realizes she and one other child do not have a sugar cookie ...more
Alex
Oct 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most all of us have read about Junie B. Jones in kindergarten, but Junie B., First Grader: Boss of Lunch is a different experience about Junie in first grade. In this book Junie B Jones is starting first grade. Mrs. Gutzman, the lady who brought cookies to her kindergarten class the year before, asks Junie if she wants to help in the lunchroom. She is super excited and can't wait for the first day. But, she has a tantrum on the first day of the job, and ends up not working in the lunchroom anym ...more
Ariel Smith
Personal Reaction: I loved Junie B. when I was younger so I decided to relive my childhood and reread some of them. Junie is such a great character for children to relate to especially in the younger grades. Reading them now I don’t think that she is a child I would want my child to be like because she is a brat and doesn’t listen to her mother or teacher, but it is appropriate for when you’re a child. Junie B books were my favorite, and truthfully still are. The writing just makes me happy.

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Ashley Simpson
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reading-350
Junie B. Jones receives a cool new lunchbox and ends up getting into an argument with her classmates on whether its better to bring your lunch or to buy your lunch from the cafeteria. Once lunch rolls around, Junie B. notices that since she brought her lunch, she didn't get a sugar cookie which she loves! She sees Ms. Gutzman working in the lunch room and runs to her throwing a fit about not getting a cookie of her own. After a few more events of Junie B. breaking some rules, Ms. Gutzman offers ...more
Ashley
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE IT!!!! when i was littel, my mom would read the Junie B Jones books to me and not to long ago i had gone down in our basment and cleared out all of the younger chilidren chapter books, thinking we would give them to my younger cosins. well my grandmother had said that we could send them to the town where she lives and give them to the library, so i had pulled the Junie B Jones just to look at and found my apsolut favorit one, Boss Of Lunch. i read it and laughed the entire time! i havent ...more
Bahar
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary:

Junie B. Jones is very excited about her new bird lunchbox. She keeps looking at it during class, sparking a debate over whether it is better to bring your lunch or buy it. In the cafeteria, she realizes that she and another boy are the only ones who do not buy their lunch. Her friend Jose lets her have a bite of his cookie, and she talks about Mrs. Gutzman, who used to bring cookies to her class last year. Junie B. runs to the kitchen when she hears that Mrs. Gutzman is working there. H
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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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