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Meet the World's Funniest First Grader--Junie B. Jones! Ho, ho...uh-oh! With over 50 million books in print, Barbara Park's New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, is a classroom favorite and has been keeping kids laughing--and reading--for over 20 years! In the 25th Junie B. Jones book, it's holiday time, and Room One is doing lots of fun things to Meet the World's Funniest First Grader--Junie B. Jones! Ho, ho...uh-oh! With over 50 million books in print, Barbara Park's New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, is a classroom favorite and has been keeping kids laughing--and reading--for over 20 years! In the 25th Junie B. Jones book, it's holiday time, and Room One is doing lots of fun things to celebrate. Like making elf costumes! And singing joyful songs! Only, how can Junie B. enjoy the festivities when Tattletale May keeps ruining her holiday glee? And here is the worst part of all! When everyone picks names for Secret Santa, Junie B. gets stuck with Tattletale you-know-who! It's enough to fizzle your holiday spirit! Hmm . . . or is it? Maybe, just maybe, a Secret Santa gift is the perfect opportunity to give May exactly what she deserves. USA TODAY "Junie B. is the darling of the young-reader set." Publisher's Weekly "Park convinces beginning readers that Junie B.--and reading--are lots of fun." Kirkus Reviews "Junie's swarms of young fans will continue to delight in her unique take on the world....A hilarious, first-rate read-aloud." Time Magazine "Junie B. Jones is a feisty six-year-old with an endearing penchant for honesty."


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Meet the World's Funniest First Grader--Junie B. Jones! Ho, ho...uh-oh! With over 50 million books in print, Barbara Park's New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, is a classroom favorite and has been keeping kids laughing--and reading--for over 20 years! In the 25th Junie B. Jones book, it's holiday time, and Room One is doing lots of fun things to Meet the World's Funniest First Grader--Junie B. Jones! Ho, ho...uh-oh! With over 50 million books in print, Barbara Park's New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, is a classroom favorite and has been keeping kids laughing--and reading--for over 20 years! In the 25th Junie B. Jones book, it's holiday time, and Room One is doing lots of fun things to celebrate. Like making elf costumes! And singing joyful songs! Only, how can Junie B. enjoy the festivities when Tattletale May keeps ruining her holiday glee? And here is the worst part of all! When everyone picks names for Secret Santa, Junie B. gets stuck with Tattletale you-know-who! It's enough to fizzle your holiday spirit! Hmm . . . or is it? Maybe, just maybe, a Secret Santa gift is the perfect opportunity to give May exactly what she deserves. USA TODAY "Junie B. is the darling of the young-reader set." Publisher's Weekly "Park convinces beginning readers that Junie B.--and reading--are lots of fun." Kirkus Reviews "Junie's swarms of young fans will continue to delight in her unique take on the world....A hilarious, first-rate read-aloud." Time Magazine "Junie B. Jones is a feisty six-year-old with an endearing penchant for honesty."

30 review for Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (P.S. So Does May.)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    The disrespect for other people around this character, peers and adults alike is disappointing. How do we expect children to read stories like this and then treat the people around them in a polite and respectful manner. Let me quote a few instances found in this book: "Dear Blabbermouth May: My name is Junie B. Jones. How come you can't remember B's? Huh, May? Huh? Are you a block-head or something?" ...in response to the teacher correcting her grammar. "I threw my head back. "For the love of Pete The disrespect for other people around this character, peers and adults alike is disappointing. How do we expect children to read stories like this and then treat the people around them in a polite and respectful manner. Let me quote a few instances found in this book: "Dear Blabbermouth May: My name is Junie B. Jones. How come you can't remember B's? Huh, May? Huh? Are you a block-head or something?" ...in response to the teacher correcting her grammar. "I threw my head back. "For the love of Pete! Can't you just let it go? I'm trying to make a point here!" I said" ...She is given $5 by her parents to spend at the school sale to buy presents for her family, she found a $5 item she wanted to purchase at the school sale for herself, so she decides to get the money from her grandpa... "Okay, here's the deal," I said. "Grampas have to give their grandgirls however much money we want. It's the rules." followed by, "How come you're not getting this, Grampa? It's so simple," I said. "I need five dollars and you have five dollars. Boom! Do the math." then, walking away in a grouchy mood "Oh, just never mind the whole thing," I grumped. ...and guess what, the grandfather gave her the money. :( then she decides to ask her parents for even more money... " I cannot believe this situation! Mother said NO MORE MONEY. Plus Daddy said NO MORE MONEY, too. They said Grampa Miller already gave me five whole dollars more! Only HE WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO TELL THEM THAT! And so GREAT! Now I have stress in my head! I NEED AN EXTRA BUCK, I TELL YOU! i REALLY, REALLY NEED AN EXTRA BUCK! So, based on the attitude that she should get anything she wants when she demands it, I would not recommend this book for children. It would promote the idea that if they throw a big enough fit, they will get what they want! :(

  2. 5 out of 5

    Patti

    Junie B. Jones is facing her 1st grade class Christmas “Secret Santa” challenge. And oh what a challenge that is because the worst thing ever happens – Junie B. is the last to choose a name and it turns out to be her dreaded obnoxious rival, May. Funny, delightful, and full of fun is this story of Christmas for a classroom full of 1st. graders. No hesitations or glossy sweetness blanket Mr. Scary’s students, they are just a bunch of 6 yr. olds that are hilariously normal. Yes, after my 18+ years Junie B. Jones is facing her 1st grade class Christmas “Secret Santa” challenge. And oh what a challenge that is because the worst thing ever happens – Junie B. is the last to choose a name and it turns out to be her dreaded obnoxious rival, May. Funny, delightful, and full of fun is this story of Christmas for a classroom full of 1st. graders. No hesitations or glossy sweetness blanket Mr. Scary’s students, they are just a bunch of 6 yr. olds that are hilariously normal. Yes, after my 18+ years of elementary students, and two granddaughters right at the age now, I love the innocent honesty that DOES happen. Look at the book cover – it’s perfect! Love the poetry: “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, Robin laid an egg….” The rest of the poem – hilarious! And of course, Junie B. learns a very valuable lesson with her challenge, not to mention a great teaching moment about giving, and a few others along the way. Another wonderful holiday book for young kids, and adults that like to read aloud to kids. 4 1/2 stars from this former elementary librarian and grandma of 8.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lindi

    I love Junie B.! Here's just a little taste: "'My father says that friends should never borrow money from each other.' [says May] "I clapped my hands real thrilled. 'Then it's perfect!' I said 'Cause I you and I aren't friends! I don't even like you, May! Plus listen to this! I'm not even borrowing the money! You're just giving it to me! And I'm not paying you back!' "May made a mad face at me. Then she quick put her wallet away again. "I slumped way down in my seat. And I tapped my fingers on my d I love Junie B.! Here's just a little taste: "'My father says that friends should never borrow money from each other.' [says May] "I clapped my hands real thrilled. 'Then it's perfect!' I said 'Cause I you and I aren't friends! I don't even like you, May! Plus listen to this! I'm not even borrowing the money! You're just giving it to me! And I'm not paying you back!' "May made a mad face at me. Then she quick put her wallet away again. "I slumped way down in my seat. And I tapped my fingers on my desk. 'I don't get it,' I said. 'That was the best arguing I ever thought of. What went wrong there?'"

  4. 5 out of 5

    Erika

    The book was okay but the picture in the back of the author with her golden retriever earned the biggest star.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Almonds Animated but books

    THIS BOOK WAS SO FUNNY! Me and my Mom especially liked the part where Junie B said, “Lucille stomped her expensive foot.” We laughed so hard, even the neighbors could hear it! I recomend this book to everyone, 5 stars!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tricia

    My three year old found in a free library on vacation so we read it. He loved it and I thought it was funny but I definitely omitted many sections of being critical of others and the words dumb and stupid. It is also written from the perspective of a first grader so she uses poor grammar at times which I wished were phrased differently. Love Junie B’s spunk and a female lead character but not sure we’ll read others unless he presses it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Roseby Valencia

    From a prankster to a giver. 😅

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mara E

    I read this book Junie B.,First grader Jingle bells, batman smells (P.S. So does May.)and it was a great story it was very interesting I didn't want to stop reading it!!! I really liked how at the end it was making you think what will Junie B. Jones give to May as a Secret Santa. In the beginning May and Junie B. jones were fighting all the time. When Mr.scary told Junie B. Jones to pick the last name that was in the basket Junie wasn't happy because she was not going to pick a name she had to ge I read this book Junie B.,First grader Jingle bells, batman smells (P.S. So does May.)and it was a great story it was very interesting I didn't want to stop reading it!!! I really liked how at the end it was making you think what will Junie B. Jones give to May as a Secret Santa. In the beginning May and Junie B. jones were fighting all the time. When Mr.scary told Junie B. Jones to pick the last name that was in the basket Junie wasn't happy because she was not going to pick a name she had to get that one only because there were no more left,when Junie B. Jones read the name it said May,when they went to the gift-shop they saw cool toys and Junie B. Jones really liked a squeeze-a-burp. Then she asked grampa Miller five dollars he didn't want to but then he gave the five dollars to Junie B. Jones then Junie B. Jones asked her mom for another five dollars but her mom was mad at Junie B. Jones for asking grampa Miller for money but anyway she gave Junie B. Jones another five dollars. At the end Junie B. Jones wanted to give May a coal as a present.but she actually gave May a squeeze-a-burp gnat Junie B. Jones really wanted. May let Junie B. Jones play with the squeeze-a-burp. Junie B. Jones was very happy of what she did. This story teaches a lesson that when you do good things to other people you feel very happy and proud of your self.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    Can I just say that I loved Junie B. Jones (and you better not forget the B) when I was a younger child, and I love even more reading these stories to my children as they enjoy them as well. In this story, we learned that Junie B. learned a valuable lesson about being "shellfish" or selfish. Ha. I think each story that we read not only teaches my children lessons that they will one do go through but they also teaches values and goodwill. Yes the stories can be silly, yes Junie B. has an attitude, Can I just say that I loved Junie B. Jones (and you better not forget the B) when I was a younger child, and I love even more reading these stories to my children as they enjoy them as well. In this story, we learned that Junie B. learned a valuable lesson about being "shellfish" or selfish. Ha. I think each story that we read not only teaches my children lessons that they will one do go through but they also teaches values and goodwill. Yes the stories can be silly, yes Junie B. has an attitude, but at the end of the day she always does the right thing with the guidance of those around her. It's through short-stories such as these that children first began to learn about honestly and integrity. Reading is always a great thing to share with family members, but when it teaches you morals as well you always have an A+ on your hands.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jodi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Another Junie B. book. I must say that I really like her - she reminds me so much of my daughter - bright, self-assured, outgoing, bossy, and deep down has a heart of gold. I really enjoyed Junie B's dilemma with having May for her Secret Santa and how she decided that May deserved a lump of coal. I had to snicker at the thought of her going for it and putting the lump of coal into May's bag and then feeling guilty over it. I was so pleasantly surprised to realize that Junie B. made a mistake an Another Junie B. book. I must say that I really like her - she reminds me so much of my daughter - bright, self-assured, outgoing, bossy, and deep down has a heart of gold. I really enjoyed Junie B's dilemma with having May for her Secret Santa and how she decided that May deserved a lump of coal. I had to snicker at the thought of her going for it and putting the lump of coal into May's bag and then feeling guilty over it. I was so pleasantly surprised to realize that Junie B. made a mistake and gave May the gift that was supposed to be for her instead. I was proud that Junie B. accepted it gracefully and was kind to May in the end. A Christmas lesson in giving learned?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sebastien

    Junie B. is the worst role model ever for kids. However, the kids I read this book to were well aware that Junie B. is a snotty little brat who no one in their right mind should emulate, fortunately. They loved her as an anti-heroine. It is a little dated (no one in primary school has weird salesmen with no background check just come to their school to buy awesome toys for less than $5 a pop anymore), but kids love it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    These chapter books are so much fun, Junie B. Is the spunkiest, most outspoken and outrageous first grader I’ve ever known. Her flawless 6 year old’s logic sheds light on so many issues that grown ups have long been confused about. The author has faced criticism for using a first grader’s grammar, but I think it adds a lot to Junie B.’s voice and makes it much more fun to read out loud. Children will know that it is a part of her persona and accept it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Burke

    This was a cute one! Junie B is a treasure, I love how Park treats the relationship between her and May. Dealing with friend enemies (frenemies) is an important part of life and the human need to, at our guts, be nice, but with our words and actions speak our truth is an interesting dichotomy to explain through the eyes of a first grader.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laila

    This is my favorite Junie B so far. It’s Secret Santa time in Room One, and Junie draws the name of her mortal enemy. Will Christmas spirit save the day? Or will Junie B spend her money on a gift for herself?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Allie

    This book fulfills the Reading Women Challenge #5: A children's book Can't go wrong with Junie B. Jones. I grew up reading this series and it's always cute to revisit. Working with kids on a daily basis provides me with a new perspective on this little troublemaker. This book fulfills the Reading Women Challenge #5: A children's book Can't go wrong with Junie B. Jones. I grew up reading this series and it's always cute to revisit. Working with kids on a daily basis provides me with a new perspective on this little troublemaker.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Taylynn

    I think I’ve started this book every year since I started teaching and I never actually finished it. This year I did! Here are my favorite quotes: * Winter Break is the school word for I gotta get out of this place, I tell you! * Peace and goodwill do not come easy.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rowan Bradley

    Yes, I did check this out of the library and read it for Christmas even though I am 25 years old and yes it was HILARIOUS.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stasia

    "That May is off her rocker, I believe". "That May is off her rocker, I believe".

  19. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    This was a fun read. Had some LOL moments.

  20. 4 out of 5

    od

    Read this book after 14 years and it is still amazing. (Contrary to popular belief I did not read this to reach my reading goal)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ca1t!Y#

    I love these books. They are easy but they are a quick, fun read when I have nothing else to read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cris

    My kiddo who is currently reading serial books for fluency seems to be interested enough in this series to keep asking for more installments, however her reviews are not unmixed. She is a mature eight-year-old and finds that the children in this series are portrayed as funny when they are being rude to each other and to adults. She likes the complexity of the characters but dislikes the constant use of the word stupid. While the conclusions of the June books do tend to impart good character less My kiddo who is currently reading serial books for fluency seems to be interested enough in this series to keep asking for more installments, however her reviews are not unmixed. She is a mature eight-year-old and finds that the children in this series are portrayed as funny when they are being rude to each other and to adults. She likes the complexity of the characters but dislikes the constant use of the word stupid. While the conclusions of the June books do tend to impart good character lessons, the watchful parent may want to ensure imitative children don’t devolve into the same sarcastic characters that populate shows like Friends and much of family entertainment. Mouthy kids may be cute to watch; mouthy teens not so much.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Maygan Cygert

    Realistic Fiction 2nd-4th Junie B. Jones books have always been some that I really loved. Rereading this book made me realize that her grammar is awful and I never realized that before. I love that during the Secret Santa draw Junie B draws her worst enemy, because this makes her have to be nicer to May. It helps for this little girl to learn the valuable lesson that she needs to be nice to people. I loved that she didn’t give May the coal even though that’s what she really wanted to give her.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    I checked this out on CD from the library. The girls and I listened to it together. It's classic Junie B. Jones only better. It's hilariously funny and it has a wonderful message as well. After we listened to it we talked about the golden rule. I highly recommend this book to all Junie B. Jones fans! I checked this out on CD from the library. The girls and I listened to it together. It's classic Junie B. Jones only better. It's hilariously funny and it has a wonderful message as well. After we listened to it we talked about the golden rule. I highly recommend this book to all Junie B. Jones fans!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This is the FUNNIEST of them all. OMG. That girl May that picks on her and her teacher Mr. Scarey. You gotta read this one, if not to a kid, just to the kid inside you. It also has a really nice message.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Azalea

    These books are filled wit humor and are VERY FUNNy i really LUV THEM nd i read the whole series i luv temmmm!!! nd she is a really good author i really luv all her books their GR8!...... luv junie b jonesss

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lizzie

    I loved this book! It was VERY funny!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    I loved it. I don't know if I should admit this, but it's my first Junie B. Jones book. Funny and sweet. I ended up reading it to the family on Christmas Eve and we all enjoyed it. I loved it. I don't know if I should admit this, but it's my first Junie B. Jones book. Funny and sweet. I ended up reading it to the family on Christmas Eve and we all enjoyed it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This kid is awesome. I was crackin up the whole time reading to Nora. Good stuff.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Destiny Sanderson

    this is such a cute story

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