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Junie B. Jones and Some Sneaky Peeky Spying

Press:Perfection Learning Perfection Learning (May 1, 1994)
Publication Date:1994-05
Author Name:Barbara Park,Michael P. Doyle


in black-and-white.
Junie B.
is the bestest spier in the whole world.That's 'cause she has sneaky feet.
And her nose doesn't whistle when shebreathes.
But guess what? Junie B.
might be "real" sneaky and "real" peeky, but when she spies on her teacher, she could get into "real" trouble!

From Booklist

The irrepressible Junie B.
Jones, seen most recently in Junie B.
Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth (1993), returns for her fourth adventure.
This time her penchant for "sneaky peeky spying" gets her in trouble when, as a result of some laundry-hamper espionage, she frightens her grandfather into dropping his dentures.
After her mother forbids future covert activities, Junie tries to be more discreet, and she catches her teacher sampling grapes in the local produce department.
Naturally, Junie misunderstands, resulting in still another hilarious trip to the principal's office and much embarrassment for everyone concerned.
Park has a wonderful ear for the dialogue of five-year-olds and an even better grasp of how their minds operate.
Junie truly means well, but her inexperience and impulsiveness land her in trouble every time.
A sure bet for beginning chapter-book readers, although Junie's linguistic idiosyncrasies may prove confusing for English-as-a-second-language learners.
Illustrated with black-line drawings.
Kay Weisman

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"Park is truly a funny writer. 
Although Junie B.
is a kindergartner, she's sure to make middle graders laugh out loud." -- "School Library Journal"" Park is truly a funny writer.
Although Junie B.
is a kindergartner, she's sure to make middle graders laugh out loud." -- "School Library Journal"

From the Inside Flap

Junie B. 
is the bestest spier in the whole world.
That's 'cause she has sneaky feet.
And her nose doesn't whistle when she breathes.
But guess what? Junie B.
might be real sneaky.
And real peeky.
But when she spies on Mrs., she could get into "real trouble!

From the Back Cover

"Park is truly a funny writer. 
Although Junie B.
is a kindergartner, she's sure to make middle graders laugh out loud." -- School Library Journal

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Barbara Park is one of today's funniest and best-loved writers for middlegraders. 
Her novels, which include Dear God, HELP!!! Love Earl; Skinnybones;The Kid in the Red Jacket; and Mick Harte Was Herehave won numerous children'sbook awards.Barbara thinks that the wonderful thing about writing humor is that she is ableto deal with serious issues in a more lighthearted way.Barbara's fans always want to know whether or not her characters are based onher own children (she has two sons) -- in fact, they are not.
But having hersons has made it easier for her to know how kids talk and think.What matters most to Barbara is that her books are bringing a few smiles to herreaders.Barbara lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona, with her husband, Richard.
She holdsa B.S.
from the University of Alabama.

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Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Chapter 4: Cookie Mix and Other StuffThe next day was Saturday.Saturday is the day me and my mother go to the grocery store.I have rules at that place.Like no hollering the words I WANT ICE CREAM!And no calling Mother the name of big meanie when she won't buy it.And no eating a bag of marshmallows that doesn't belong to you.Or else the store guy yanks it away from you. 
And he says, Eating is the same thing as stealing, young lady.Then he takes you to Mother.
And she has to pay for the whole entire bag.
Except for I don't know why.
'Cause I only ate three of those softy guys and that's all.The carts at the grocery store have seats in them.
That's where babies sit.
Only not me.
'Cause big girls get to walk all by theirselves.And guess what else? One time Mother even let me push the whole big cart without any help.Except for then some baked beanies got knocked off their shelf.
And a grandma got her foot caught in my tire.
And so now I have to wait till I'm bigger.My favorite aisle is where the cookies are.
That's 'cause sometimes there is a lady at a table there.
And she gives me and Mother cookie samples.
And we don't even have to pay for them.Their name is freebies, I think.Only too bad for me.
'Cause this time the lady wasn't there."Darn it," I said very disappointed.
"No freebie lady."Mother smiled.
"That's okay.
When we get home, we're going to bake our own cookies for Grandparents' Day, remember? Won't that be fun?" she asked.I made my shoulders go up and down.That's  'cause I was still mad at her for not taking me to my teacher's house, of course."What kind of cookie mix do you want?" asked Mother.I did a frown at her.
"I don't even want to bake cookies anymore" I said.
"'Cause you still won't take me to where Mrs.
lives."Mother rumpled my hair.
"Staying mad isn't going to change things, Junie B.," she said.
"Now do you want to pick out the cookie mix? Or shall I?"Then Mother picked out some cookie mix.
And she gave it to me.
And I throwed it in the cart very hard."Thank you," said Mother."You're not welcome," I said.After that, Mother took me outside of the store.
And me and her had a little talk.A little talk is when Mother is mad at me.
And she says who do I think I am, missy? And zactly how long so I think she's going to put up with me?Then I have to say a 'pology to her.A 'pology is the words I'm sorry.Except for you don't actually have to mean it.
'Cause nobody can even tell the difference.After the little talk, we went back into the store."Shall we try again?" asked Mother.Then she gave me another box of cookie mix.
And I put it in the cart very nice."That's better," she said.
"Thank you."You're not welcome, I said inside my head.Then I smiled to myself.
'Cause Mother can't even hear me in there.After that, me and her went around the corner.
And I saw my most favorite thing in the whole world!And its name is the water fountain!"Hey! I need a drink!" I said very excited.Then I runned right over there.
And I hopped up on the little step."Need some help?" called Mother."No," I said.
"'Cause I'm almost six years old, that's why.
And so I already know how to work this big guy."And here's another thing I know," I said."No putting your mouth on the water spout.
Or else germs will get inside you.
And you will die."I smiled very proud.
"Paulie Allen Puffer told me that," I explained.Then I bended my head over the fountain.
And I drank for a very long time."Hurry up, Junie B.," said Mother.
"I need to get the shopping done."I wiped my mouth off with my arm."Yeah, only I can't hurry up.
Or else I might a stomachache and spit up water.
'Cause a boy named William did that on the playground yesterday."Mother looked at her watch.
Well, I'm going to be right here in the cereal aisle.
As soon as you've finished drinking, come directly back to me.""Okey-dokey," I said very happy.Then I turned around and drinked and drinked and drinked.Except for then I started feeling a little bit sickish.
And so I had to sit down on the little step and rest my water.That's when the big front doors of the grocery store opened.And guess what?My eyes almost popped out of my head, that's what!'Cause I saw a big shock!And its name was Mrs.!My real live teacher named Mrs.
was at the grocery store!From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Comment List (Total:16)

  •     We love Junie B. And her amazing adventures!!!

  •     seem to have less pages then expected but still a decent book

  •     She loves it

  •     Good book. Granddaughter loves the Junie B.Jones books.

  •     daughter love this book

  •     Not at all impressed with the grammar! Even though, this is common with some kids nowadays, I don't think it is appropriate in a teaching -type book.

  •     Funny books. Written in baby language which can be difficult to read but very silly and fun. Junie is a character.

  •     great book!

  •     Using words like " bestest" as in " my mom is the bestest". For kids learning to read this is not acceptable. My child likes the storyline though.

  •     My daughter loves Junie B. Jones books. She reads them in school and at home! Very happy with her excitement.

  •     My daughter LOVES the Junie B. Jones series. Great chapter books for girls in the 7-9 range. My daughter started reading them in first grade.

  •     This is a review from my 2nd grade daughter: Junie B. is sneaky in this book and ends up in trouble for spying on her teacher in a grocery store. The book has a lot of action and suspense. I also learned Junie B.'s favorite hobby: spying :) ; sounds as intense as it was. I read the book from cover to cover after starting it.Parent's take: my daughter loves reading Junie B. Jones books by herself, and it is a joy to see her do that!

  •     Junie B Jones is a series all kids love in grade 1 and early grade 2

  •     This was purchased as a teacher's gift for a teacher who has a library in her own classroom. This lady loved books so much that I thought her first grade class would enjoy having this in their collection. I purchased a few, tied them together and she was so greatful, considering she bought most of the books she owns herself. It was a win-win. My daughter got to read more, and she saved money!I did ask her which books she did NOT have but wanted. I didn't want duplicates and wanted her to have stuff off her wishlist. :)

  •     My kindergartener loves Junie B. Jones. There is no fighting with her to practice reading. She frequently reads to me on the couch, in the car or waiting in line. The stories are very relatable to my child and opens the door for many discussions on good and bad behaviors. I find the story as enjoyable as she does.

  •     My 2nd grader loves these books. Funny writings. Finished this one quickly.


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