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Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus

(Junie B. Jones #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  20,146 ratings  ·  1,676 reviews
Illus. in black-and-white . Meet Junie B. who tells in her own words the
hilarious story of how she gets locked in school after her first day of
kindergarten. "It's hard for anyone to resist Junie B."-- "Booklist." "It's
a real hoot!"-- "School Library Journal." "A genuinely funny, easily read
story."-- "Kirkus.
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…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
Lauren Suchomski
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, childrens
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
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.
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 mu
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
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
Izzy Brogaard
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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".
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
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 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
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
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.
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 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
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
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
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!
Feb 29, 2016 rated it liked it
My childhood heart is beaming while reading my series, Junie B. Jones. This series has a special place in my life, as the first and full book I ever completed on my own, reading out loud to my own private school room. My childhood bedroom was painted with clouds as I read Junie B. and her wild adventures; though reading this series is much different as an adult. Junie B. Jones is my nightmare as a future educator; hyped up, sassy and opinionated. Junie B. has a loud personality, verbally and phy ...more
Jessica Magdanz
I read this to my little sister

Personal Response:
Over all what do you think of the book?
I think the book was funny because she was afraid to ride the nice school bus. I really enjoyed this book and would like to reread it again. I am going to try and persuade my friends to read it.

What was your favorite part?
My favorite part was when Junie B. was locked in the school. She didn't know that she was by herself. She went into the nurses office. Junie put on crutches, but fell down. She then put on c
Junie B. is off to kindergarten. While she is excited about school, Junie B. is also a bit nervous, especially about riding the bus. Her day at school is a typical first day, her teacher Mrs. reviews the school rules and her classmates, Lucille, Grace, Jim, & William, among others, are given a tour of the school. Lucille tells Junie B. that big kids pour chocolate milk on little kids’ heads on the bus. In typical Junie B. style, she hides herself in the supply closet instead of heading out t ...more
Louis Knecht
Jan 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
Personal response:
I thought the book “Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus”, was an okay book. It was a nice, funny, easy read. It was interesting and quick to read.

In the plot a lot of interesting things happened to the main character Junie B. She was starting school for the first time and did not want to ride the school bus at all. She didn't like it because she never rode it before and people were mean to her. When she got to school she had a pretty good time besides the fact a litt
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Junie B. Jones and the Stinky Smelly Bus – Barbara Park

Junie B. Jones series – challenged because Junie is a brat with poor grammar. She’s frequently getting into trouble and making poor choices. She frequently calls people “dumb” and “stupid”. Ranked 71 on challenged list from the last decade. – challenged in Colorado, Texas and Wisconsin.

Do you think the stories read as if Junie is telling them? Why does she speak the way she does? Junie’s grammar becomes more standard as she ages. Similar to
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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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