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review 2017-09-10 20:37
Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime - Barbara Park,Denise Brunkus


Found a copy of this book in the Lending Library and decided to check it out for an easy read.

The story is simple, the writing is okay, but I really did not like the narration. Junie's narration really bugged me with her misprounciations and incorrect use of past tense verbs. I understand why it was written that way, but for me it was very irritating.

I also didn't really like the whole Valentine theme. The girls turn it into a competition between them, which I don't think was resolved in a very satisfying way. An important teaching opportunity was clearly missed.

Okay book. 


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review 2017-09-09 21:12
Junie B. Jones Is a Beauty Shop Guy - Barbara Park,Denise Brunkus


This is the first book I have read in this series.

The antics of Junie B. Jones are reminiscent of Ramona Quimby, but the first person narrator really got on my nerves. Having Junie narrate the story with all of her age-appropriate grammatical errors was very irritating to me. It really took away from the experience. It made me like Junie less. She just annoyed me through most of the book.

The story itself was okay. Pretty predictable and not all that unique.

Okay read. Very quick. 

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review 2017-04-14 05:27
Sunbaked (Pineapple Cay Stories) - Junie Coffey

Why sure everyone suffering through a divorce does some silly things. Nina, after a few glasses of wine, decides that she's had it with winter and goes online. She finds the cutest little cottage on Pineapple Bay (pictures and all) and at 2:00 in the morning, she buys it. Seriously cheesy, right? As I roll my eyes at the beginning of the book, thinking "this is going to be a long one".

Well, I was wrong. I loved this book. I want to move to Pineapple Bay and buy myself a "Miss Rose" cottage. Nina's hooks up with a whole cast of quirky, fun characters while living there. And if you think that first scene was cheesy, wait until you meet Danish. He's the mailman, part-time bartender and yoga instructor of the island. He also reminds me of one of the Wayne's World guys.

There's also a plot twist with a missing museum quality emerald necklace missing that the whole island talking. Oh yeah, there is a witch that was wearing the necklace while it was stolen. She was also kidnapped.

A fun in the sun, tropical frolic great for a beach read or even a chilly winter night. Be careful though, you may find yourself on the internet at 2:00 a.m. searching for your own cottage.

A cheesiest fun and entertaining read I enjoyed thanks to Lake Union Publishing and Net Galley.

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review 2017-04-02 22:43
Dumb Bunny
Junie B., First Grader: Dumb Bunny - Barbara Park,Denise Brunkus

Junie B. Jones is an average first grader. However, one of her classmates, Lucille is having Easter egg hunter at her house and everyone in class is invited.  The Easter egg hunt is a Lucille's mansion and the winner that finds the golden egg wins a play date to swim in Lucille's heated indoor swimming pool! Only, there's a small problem. Well a big pink fluffy problem. Lucille insists on Junie being the Easter rabbit complete with floppy ears and a cotton tail. Junie hates costumes and keeps tripping over her own too big rabbit feet. She just feels like a big old dumb bunny and has no hopes of winning the prize. Will Junie give up or does she have something up her basket? 


This book has a super fun activity to go with it. I would have my class hunt for eggs, however, they are in for more than just candy with this fun activity. They would be on a scavenger egg hunt and only the reading clues inside the eggs will help them get to the grand prize at the end. 

Reading Level: 1st grade through 4th grade

LEX 410L 

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review 2016-11-10 17:39
Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentine
Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime - Barbara Park,Denise Brunkus

Growing up, I read Junie B. all the time! This book would be great to read around Valentines Day. In the book, Junie B.'s class is exchanging Valentine cards and she receives one that was from a secret admirer. Something I could do with this book is to have the students write a poem, in the shape on a heart, for someone in their family. Possibly their mom. This particular Junie B book is not my favorite even though it is part of favorite childhood series. I believe if this book was a read loud, grades 1-3 would enjoy the book along with writing a poem. The level of this book is a 2.1.

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