Junie B. Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth (Junie B. Jones, Book 3)

Common Sense Media says

Impulsive Junie faces Career Day -- early readers.

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What parents need to know

Educational value
Not applicable
Positive messages
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Positive role models

Junie is loud and impulsive.

Violence & scariness

Junie can be physical to get her way, including pinching and headbutting.

Language
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that much of the humor comes from Junie's bad behavior. Young readers are supposed to laugh at it, not emulate it.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Loud and impulsive kindergartner Junie B. Jones is usually highly opinionated, but when her teacher announces Career Day, she isn't sure what she wants to be when she grows up. She's pretty sure it will involve painting, keys, and saving people, but there's no job that includes all that. Or is there?

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The zany antics of spoiled young kids has been done many times, and often better. The Junie series (approaching 30 books at last count) is amusing to most 6-year-olds, which keeps early readers reading, and it's mostly harmless and silly fun. What makes it so much less effective as literature than many others series, though, is the failure to engage Junie as a real character. She behaves outrageously, which is the source of the humor, but the author never really lets us know why, which means the reader is usually laughing at her, rather than in sympathy with her.

Still, it serves its main purpose -- to give kids something easy and fun and repetitive on which to sharpen their reading skills -- well enough. And parents can look forward to the day when their children graduate to books with a little more meat.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Junie's behavior. Why does she act the way she does? What are some of the things she misunderstands?

  • How would you have solved some of her problems?

  • The book's theme may

  • inspire conversations with kids about what they would like to be when

  • they grow up.

Book details

Author:Barbara Park
Illustrator:Denise Brunkus
Genre:School
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Random House
Publication date:May 7, 2006
Number of pages:69
Read aloud:5
Read alone:6

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Adult Written byPoneloya April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Awful

I am left of the left when it comes to most anything in this world. And, I eagerly encourage my children to read and love books. HOWEVER, Junie B. Jones is the closest I've ever gotten to banning a book in our house. The grammar/language is just horrible and the stories of misbehavior are way too numerous and validates, for a preschooler,rude behavior.
Parent of a 7 year old Written bytullyjohn May 19, 2010
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5
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Don't go judging Junie B.. she's just a fictional character that's fun!

parents get up in arms about the way she talks and her "naughtiness", but, come on... did the 3 stooges act appropriately? Lucy from Charlie Brown cut him down constantly and yanked his football away! It's funny and it's FICTION! As a kindergarten teacher of 25 years, I read ALL of her stories every year after lunch at quiet time..... I simply change "stupid" to "silly" and "hate" to "don't like". (personal preference on my part) The lessons Junie B. learns are timely... to return things, not to jump to conclusions, etc. And as for the way she talks, kids hear OTHER kids talk like that all day, I listen to kids talk like that all day... doesn't make ME talk like that~!
Parent of a 3, 10, 11, 12, 16, and 17 year old Written byAlyssa_299 August 12, 2010
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BAD! SOOOOOOOOO BAD!

This has words that you don't want your children to see/hear. Why would you call a person dumb, dumb bunny, and stupid! And why would you hide in school when your supposed to go home! Is this even okay for your children!?!? Horrible!
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Too much swearing

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