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Junie B., First Grader: Boo and I Mean It!: 12/11/09
Over all I like the Junie B. Jones series of books. I've read a few from the original series when she was in kindergarten and now a few here and there from her year in first grade. The series suffers from an inconsistent character development. Junie B. seems to take on character traits to fit a comedic moment and then lose them again by the next book.
In Junie B., First Grader: Boo and I Mean It! it's Halloween and Junie B. wants no part of it. Apparently she's now scared of the holiday because of things a bully told her at school. The problem: she's been duped by this bully before and she's reminded of this in the book. Does it help her come to her senses when normally she wouldn't be this scared by a bully? No.
So Junie B. has to face her fears and she does it in her own unique way. She dresses as a clown. The reason for dressing as a clown is laid out in the book but the explanation is creepy itself and frankly if I were Junie B's mother I wouldn't have let her dress up as that clown.
Ultimately the book comes down to Junie B. not wanting to participate in Halloween and being forced to by her parents. To this I say, what the heck? Why is trick or treating that important?
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