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As a teacher I know I should support a book series that children love to read, or have read to them, but I can't. The grammar is awful, and because it exists in print makes the errors acceptable. Junie also does not seem to have as much respect for her elders as I wish she did. There are other fun books (Amelia Bedilia for example) which show respect for Mom, Dad, neighbors, etc. The grammar is excellent , yet moves easily. Why teach our young people poor grammar and lack of respect are okay?
An atrocious girl in a stereotypical world. This was my first introduction to the Junie B. Jones series and I'll never buy another. This story is a tired trope (kindergartener cuts her own hair) riddled with stereotypes. Spoiler alert! Here's some of the treats you'll get from this book: Mom shows disrespect toward dad in front of Junie as she calls him a name while chastising him for engaging with his daughter. Dad is worried when Junie says loudly that he's going to a beauty shop (oh, no - emasculated by a six year old). Readers are informed that a woman's greater treasure is her hair (seriously!?)! Junie actively tries to bury evidence of misdeeds multiple times. The list goes on...
Worse than the story line is the fact that Junie speaks as if she's three. I know many five and six year olds and they sound like English professors compared to the grammar Junie uses.
This just goes to show that selling well doesn't mean high quality. Stay away from this book if you have respect for your child and the expectation that she or he will be independent, respectful, and not mired in stereotypes.
Have you read Junie B Jones? I just purchased the box set and began reading them to my kindergartener. I was horrified from the beginning at the very attitude and rude, ignorant spirit of Junie B Jones. She hates her name, the bus, the people on it, the teacher and her new school. What a negative thing to meet someone on the bus and instantly HATE them. Is this the kind of human interactions that we should be teaching our children? She yells, throws fits and generally has attitude about everything. The grammer is written from a 6 year old's perspective, which does nothing to educate our children about the way things should be phrased. This is not the picture of kindergarten, nor the worldview that I would suggest to my children or anyone else's for that matter. After 4 chapters, the entire series is in the trash as a waste of money. Think twice about what you are reading to your impressionable young children (or letting them read for themselves!)
I am reading this book with my 6 year old daughter and it is terrible. The whole book is written in incorrect English and is filled with lessons about disrespecting your parents (and grandparents). Also features words like “dumb” which I don’t encourage my own children to use. Skip it!
Reviewed in the United States on December 18, 2016
My first grader always talks about Junie B Jones books, so I bought her this one to read at home. I was deeply disappointed. Junie B Jones lies to her parents, hides things and is rude to teachers and other authority figures. I felt like the whole time I was trying to explain correct grammar to my daughter, and explain why lying is bad. I am so surprised that this is a book schools encourage? At the end, despite "learning her lesson," Junie again sneaks around at the end. I felt like this is setting a bad example for my daughter, and will not buy any more of these books.
The student I am working with was having a lot of trouble with the grammer and spelling in this book. I asked the teacher if it was a good book for someone having trouble reading. Her answer was about this book even though I did not tell which Author or book it was. "Is she reading Junie B. Jones Book? I know that these books have a lot of incorrect grammar. I thought I took those books off the shelves becasue other mentors commented about the problem with the grammar. If she can not see the difference between the correct and incorrect grammar then she should not read the book. Thanks for your concern. I also got your other email about the "runned" problem. I will make a note of it." If the child read well and gets that it is a joke. These books maybe fine but not for a school age child trying to learn to read!
Ok, I know these books are really really popular and I get it: the really poor grammar and "cutesy/funny" situations that Junie B gets herself into probably delights many beginning readers and their parents, BUT........ Maybe it's just me, but I find the main character, Junie B to be incredibly babyish and, well, how can I put it politely: mentally challenged. How many Kindergarteners actually say things like "bestest" or describe their teacher as "That guy". My daughter, age 6 and a first grader, actually asked me if there might be something wrong with Junie B Jones. "Mama, why does Junie B Jones do things a little baby might do like cut off all her hair? Isn't she supposed to be about my age?"
Anyway, the books have been banned from our house. I put them in the same category as Barney.
There are plenty of other great books out there for beginning readers that don't insult your child's intelligence.
A. These books will teach your child awful grammar. B. If you speak English as a first language, they're actually easier to read if you just correct the language as you go rather than trying to read them as written