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

Book review by
Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Impulsive Junie faces Career Day -- early readers.
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Parents say

age 6+
Based on 26 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 30 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models & Representations

Junie is loud and impulsive.

Violence & Scariness

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


What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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... Continue reading
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 cu... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bymettajohnson May 3, 2017

Great books that help kids learn

A lot of parents are disgusted with the grammar in the book and her supposed bad behavior. I just wrote my Independent Junior Project on the Junie B. Jones ser... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bySammy_S November 15, 2016

I Love Them!

As a kid I grew up reading Junie B. Jones books. They were the only thing I found interesting, and I read all of them very quickly before realizing I liked to r... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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