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

Impulsive Junie faces Career Day -- early readers.
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What parents need to know

Educational value
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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.

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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.

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?


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
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Random House
Publication date:May 7, 2006
Number of pages:69

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Adult Written byPoneloya April 9, 2008


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.
Adult Written bymelissa1978 April 9, 2008

selling all our Junie B books

While the book was written in a way for young children to read easily, the content was rather disturbing to me. I read the first chapter with my 7 year old daughter, and i was shocked to say the least, with the language and back talking that Junie B uses. I will be selling all of our junie b books, because i would rather my daughter read books with less attitude.
Parent of a 7 year old Written bytullyjohn May 19, 2010

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~!