Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Junie B Jones: Dumb Bunny

A book from 2007:

Junie B., First Grader: Dumb Bunny (Junie B. Jones, No. 27)Junie B., First Grader: Dumb Bunny Barbara Park

From GoodReads:

For Junie B., this year's Easter Egg Hunt at Lucille house holds extra allure. She's learned that winner of the egg fest wins a play date in Lucille's cool beyond cool heated indoor swimming pool. Before the race has even begun, though, Junie's ambitions trip over her own big rabbit feet: She's obliged to attend the event wearing an outlandish -- and incredibly awkward -- dumb bunny outfit. Sometimes the entire universe seems pitted against the world's unluckiest six-year-old! An endearing story about a truly sympathetic little girl.

What I remember: Poor Junie can only attend if she plays the Easter Bunny, but it's worth it to try to win the play date. I also remember that in this book it becomes unbelievably obvious that although Lucille and her family are richy-rich, they're really classless.

I've read a lot of Junie B, but most of it clocks in at just under 100 pages, so I haven't reviewed any of it. She exhausts me. Reading one of her books is like spending the afternoon with a hyper 6-year-old. I need a nap afterwards. That's how well Parks captures her voice and emotions. Every so often, Weekly Geeks will do a meme where you can post all of your unreviewed books and people can ask questions to help you write the review. Here are some questions I got for this book:

Chris asks:

My girl who is 5 loves Junie B. How old is she in Dumb Bunny?

She's in first grade, so 6?

Julie asks:

Junie B. Jones is written for kids who are just starting to get into reading, say, kindergarten or first grade. Does it bug you that the author makes deliberate grammar mistakes?

NO. The author writes in an authentic voice. There aren't grammar mistakes in the narrative, just when Junie B. or other kids are talking or writing. We demand authentic dialogue and voice from books written of older readers, why don't we hold books for younger readers to the same standard? I also think it's important for beginning readers to find books they can relate to. Do you know many kindergarteners or first graders who speak perfectly all the time? Kids need to see themselves and their peers reflected in books-- it's what's going to keep them reading.

Interestingly enough, Lucille's father also has horrible grammar.

Puss ReBoots asks:

I enjoy the Junie B Jones series. How does the Cracked Egg hold up against the others in the series?

It's a strong addition to the series. I especially loved seeing how money doesn't buy class or manners. Lucille's family really is a trip.

Sherrie asks:

I have never read a Junie B. Jones book. Would you recommend these books for an adult reader?

Eh. Not really. This is one that appeals a lot to kids, and a lot of older kids who read it when they were younger continue to read the series, but it's not one that has a lot to offer the adult reader.

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