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Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus

(Junie B. Jones #1)

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"Hilarious. Barbara Park makes reading fun." --Dav Pilkey, author of Dog Man

Barbara Park's #1 New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, has been keeping kids laughing--and reading--for more than twenty-five years. Over 65 million copies sold!

Meet the World's Funniest Kindergartner--Junie B. Jones! Remember when it was scary to go to school? In the fir
Paperback, 69 pages
Published July 28th 1992 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published July 1st 1992)
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Paxie Yes, I suppose some books are a bit suggestive, but some are kid (and family) friendly! And it sometimes gives all the little kids a laugh. But I reco…moreYes, I suppose some books are a bit suggestive, but some are kid (and family) friendly! And it sometimes gives all the little kids a laugh. But I recommend checking the book before you hand it to any little fella!(less)
Allysson Junie b. Jones and the stuiped smelly bus is about junie's first time in the bus
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Dec 19, 2009 rated it did not like it
I have heard so much about how great these books are so we decided to check them out. I can't think of a single thing from this book that was a "good example" for the kids. None of the people say anything kind or helpful. Many things are described as "stupid, "hate," and "dumb." My kids don't talk that way .. do others really? Do we want to encourage this? The kids and I talked about how it is sometimes fun to read about someone doing things they are not supposed to do and how it can be fun to i ...more
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
this was probably the most hilarious series of all of childhood, and is, guess what, still hilarious.

i am probably as funny as i am because of this book. which is to say, endlessly amusing.

we all owe a lot to Barbara Park. (namely, my stellar personality.)
Maggie  Stoll
Mar 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
THIS SERIES IS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ITS AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ITS EASY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

I LOVED reading these with my daughter when she was younger. In fact she was the one who suggested I write a review of the books. She said she has many good memories of reading but that these books were the ones that made her laugh the most. She also enjoyed the fact that I was sincerely laughing along with her.

Now I know that some people HATE these books and think they set a terrible example for how a child should behave. Maybe so, but I kept an open dialogue with my daughter explaini
Jan 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
Has there every been a series more annoying or a character more bratlike than Junie B. Jones? I think not.
Lauren Tortorelli
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, humor
Junie B is starting school! She is excited for it but she's not so sure about the riding the bus part of the adventure.

I know some parents don't like Junie B because she is quite the trouble maker but I found this absolutely hilarious. Park's characterization of a kindergartener is so spot on its eerie. I'm pretty sure I have a couple of Junie Bs in some of my classes. My only critique, and it's one that I would have to really consider if I want to read this book out loud at some point, is the
Mandy J. Hoffman
Jun 18, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kids-books
There are some books that giving my honest thoughts about does not bother me at all. But this one is different. It's with sadness that I report my thoughts and thus place this book (& most likely series) into my "do not read" category.

While I laughed hysterically at many points as I listened to this with my daughter (audio book!), I also was quite bothered by the use of "stupid" and "hate". Junie B mentioned several times that she hated one of her classmates and used the term stupid about multip
Feb 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
As a parent reading young literature with young children, I am in search of characters who's traits, morals, personality, intellect, humor, or strength are something I want to see emulated in my own children. Junie B. is NOT that person. Were my children to embark on even the slightest level of mischief that Miss Jones gets involved in, I would not be able to show my face at the next PTA meeting/parent-teacher conference. While I understand the desire of authors to "speak" to their audience, goo ...more
La Coccinelle
Mar 31, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Junie B. Jones is quite possibly the most obnoxious five-year-old I've ever read about. This is my first exposure to the character... and it might very well be my last.

There's nothing cute or funny about a child who uses bad grammar, decides to hate people, thinks she knows better than adults, and hollers like a toddler whenever she wants something. Honestly, she sometimes seems like she's in the throes of the "terrible twos". I was cringing as I read about her and her mom meeting with the teach
Mar 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
I am extremely disappointed with this book and we are half way through. I am reading it to my 6 year old and Junie B. has a bad attitude. We struggle with our six year old and her attitude and I don't want her to get the impression from this book that it is ok to treat and say bad things when you have a bad attitude. The words hate, stupid, and dumb are used often. Again, these are all words we tell our daughter NOT to use. We have stopped reading it because I started to have to edit it while I ...more
Shannon Jones
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It was Awesome!!! pages 69
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This story is about a little girl named Junie B. Jones and her first day of kindergarten. She has to ride the bus to and from school. Only guess what? She wants to avoid the rumors of the meanies who poke and spill milk on kids, so she decides not to go home on the bus. Her "after school" journey is a wonderful recollection of how we probably used to think when we were in kindergarten. The illustrations in this book are wonderfully drawn to fit the story; Almost in a comical way. The illustrator ...more
Izzy Brogaard
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Lindsay Antikainen
Dec 31, 2013 rated it did not like it
What to say about this book? I read this to my five-year olds after hearing so many good things about what a great series this is for kids. There were some amusing moments in the story, but overall, I pretty much despise Junie B. Jones! She is everything I don't want my kids to be. Stupid, hate, and dumb were probably the most frequently used words in this book, and we spent just as much time talking about how we do not behave like Junie B. as we spent talking about the actual story. I read anot ...more
Jan 30, 2010 rated it liked it
I only gave this book 3 stars because I ride the bus and it is not nice to call it a "stupid smelly bus".
Rachel A.
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was one of my favourite books when I was younger. Barbara Park captured the voice/thought process of a child so well, and the book is hilarious! Even now, in my twenties, I still enjoy reading this series because it is so funny.

I have seen among other reviewers some complaints that Junie B. is not a good role model for kids, for a variety of reasons. Her choice of language (especially "hate" and "stupid") is one of the main complaints, however I think it is perfectly appropriate. If I reca
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Junie B Jones books are great for older kids! Yes I know Junie B books are for 1st graders but if a first grader reads to many of Junie B's book they could start acting like Junie!!! Or talking like Junie B. However since I'm older, so I understand that Junie B is bad at spelling and is VERY unrealistic. Therefor I laughed. I laughed at her terrible behavior and the things she says, and I can read it in a day! However I being in 7th grade look CRAZY reading a book 6 grades to young for me. S ...more
Jul 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
I really don't understand why this series is so popular. Maybe I picked the wrong book as my first exposure to Junie B. Jones. But there was nothing good in this story. The girl is a brat, calls people names, and I wasn't very impressed with the parenting. I'm also approaching this from the perspective of parenting a 13 year old adopted child who needs to learn English. I opened up to a random page and looked at the first words of each paragraph - I, and, and, then, after, and, I, then, then, an ...more
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
That was the 1st Junie B. book that i have read.
Dichotomy Girl
So my 5 year old has been super into listening to Audiobooks lately. This occurred after I let her check out the first Judy Moody book from the library, knowing absolutely nothing about it, and now she is obsessed. (She has listened to 7 of them in less than 2 weeks).

Because I heard mixed reviews about his one, which seemed to be a bit more age appropriate, I thought I would read it before letting her listen to it. And It really left me with mixed feelings.

There is no question that Junie B. has
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus” by Barbara Park is a great realistic fiction book for beginning chapter book readers! It is Junie B’s first day of school and she is not happy about riding the school bus. First, when she gets on the bus, a girl is saving the seat for someone else. Then Meanie Jim gets on and they do not get along. When they are getting off the bus, everyone is pushing Junie B and she even gets stepped on. Once she gets to school, she has an argument with everyone! They ...more
May 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
My six-year-old daughter signed this out of the library. When my eight-year-old daughter saw the book on the table she commented that she'd read one and her sister shouldn't be reading it because it was a very bad book. I picked it up and read it and signed several others in the series out of the library as well to check. Junie B. Jones is a rude disrespectful little girl with wishy washy adults in her life who just laugh at her and offer no guidance when she acts like a horrible brat. She calls ...more
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Junie B. Jones is my one of the favorite book. I like this book very much. This is very funny book and
Junie B also. She is my favorite character of this book. My favorite part of the book is when she is in the school bus riding to the school. This part is the funniest part of this book. Sometimes it is interesting but sometimes it's boring. But i like this book a lot. This book is amazing.
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, I’m not a fan of Ms. Junie. Lots of words like “stupid” and “hate” and "big fat" and "beat him up" throughout. Read this to my first grader with a lot of “please don’t act like this” advisories throughout. A few parts did make us laugh though. Still think we’ll stick with Ramona.
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh how I wish I had known about this book when my granddaughter started kindergarten. I definitely will remember it when my littlest granddaughter gets there. Junie B. Jones looks like a wonderful series to read with children of her age.
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Junie B. Jones is one of my favorite character. She is very funny. It was her first day of school. She boarded the bus. She didn't like the bus because it was very smelly. Very funny things happen in between. I really love this book.
Rebecca Hawkins-Lee
Jul 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book is horrible for young readers! It teaches bad grammar and pronouncation habits! I used to love it when I was younger, but as an ESL teacher now, I dislike it very much!
May 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Norberto Leyva
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus”

The book starts off with Junie starting school for the first time. She meets the teacher and likes her. She is anxious and excited about starting school. The only problem is, she is worried about riding the bus. When she first gets off the bus, she starts her day of school and gets shown around the school. Some kids tell stories about older kids being mean on the bus, so Junie was scared and hid in the closet. After everyone left, she was able to explore
Melissa Alani
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
My kindergarten is an all time fan of Junie B. Jones. Her favorite pass-time is for us to sit down and read one of the series.

I was concerned at first with the adjectives the Author chose for Junie B. Jones to use, for example; "hate" and "Stupid". Plus, the charterer's demeanor was less then desirable and quite rude at times. My main concern was my daughter picking-up the negativity; however, that was far from the case. Instead my daughter would point out the "naughty" actions and would tell
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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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