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Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime: 11/03/06
Sometimes books just find me. It seems that the books that find me end up being the most enjoyable reads. My most recent read of a book like this is Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime by Barbara Park. This one is a book that Sean picked out at the last BookCrossing meeting by pulling it off the Dublin Friends of the Library shelf.
The title and the cover illustration told me it would be a quick read but I had the feeling I wouldn't enjoy it. It just seemed too cute. I decided to give it a read when I was stuck on a much harder book and needed a little fluff for my brain. By the bottom of the first page, I was in love with the book: "A 'nouncement is the school word for listen to me... and I MEAN it."
Barbara Park clearly understands how kids that age (four to six) think. So many of things that Junie B. says and thinks are things that could have come out of Sean's mouth or the mouths of his friends. I was laughing on almost every page.
Here is my BookCrossing review:
Fall is Here
Most of the trees around our complex are evergreens so from most locations it is hard to judge the seasons with an untrained eye. There is one exception, the Japanese plum three behind our patio. It is the first sign of fall and the first sign of spring. Right now the leaves are turning brown and beginning to fall. Come February or March the buds will explode from the bare branches, turning the tree into a giant white puff ball. The crows that have been absent since the last of the fruit fell in July are back. They are harvesting the smallest branches for their nests. By December we will have lost our shade completely until new leaves come in at March or April.