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Junie B., First Grader: Aloha-ha-ha! 12/13/09
Junie B. Jones gets to go Hawaii in the middle of the school year because her father has a job interview in Hawaii. That's the premise for Junie B., First Grader: Aloha-ha-ha by Barbara Park. It's a premise quickly forgotten as the gags follow Junie B.'s misadventures in "pair-o-dice."
Junie B.'s enthusiasm for the trip gets out of hand once they start on the family trip. She's too loud on the plane, she throws a temper tantrum to get her parents to buy her a parrot inner tube that's too small for her, and she bullies her parents into not cutting the too tight parrot off her body when she gets stuck. In other words, she's completely out of control.
Mr. Scary, her teacher, has given Junie a camera to record her trip to Hawaii as homework. Her photographs record just how out of whack she is and how her bad behavior affects the trip. The illustrations are supposed to be cute but frankly they're a little disturbing. Junie B's antics were funny when she was younger but they are getting less and less believable the older she gets in these books.
Comment #1: Sunday, December, 13, 2009 at 20:24:39
Junie B. books are great for students who are ready for a change from beginning readers. Our students love them!
Comment #2: Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 21:00:20
I know they're popular at my son's school from how many kids I see going home with them. My daughter's too young for them and my son so far hasn't shown any interest in them. He prefers The Magic Tree House series and the Flat Stalney books. I've been reading the Junie B. books for my own fun.