Junie B. Jones and Some Sneaky Peeky Spying: 05/18/08
Junie B. Jones and Some Sneaky Peeky Spying tries to be Harriet the Spy for the younger set. While Harriet's unsupervised spying rounds are almost plausible as she's in 6th grade, Junie's behavior is inexcusable. What parent lets a five year old run around in the grocery store unattended?
For the 4th book in the Series to work, Junie needs free access to see adults behaving poorly while being afraid of getting in trouble herself. Junie finds herself in a moral dilemma: does she turn in her teacher for steeling and admit that she was spying when she shouldn't or does she let her teacher get away with it?
The book would have been better if the set up hadn't been so ludicrous. Junie could have just as easily see her teacher while helping her mother. Then the dilemma could have been one of don't tell because Mother says so versus telling because Junie believes it is the right thing to do. But no, instead we have to have the cliche of the helpless parent and the out of control child on top of the after school special moral that stealing is bad.