Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime by Barbara ParkOne of the little girls who I brought to the zoo on Saturday had two Junie B. Jones books with her, and asked if Id like to read one. I eagerly accepted, having heard good things about them and wanting to know what all the fuss was about.
This was a really cute book, Ill admit. I of course knew the ending well before the end, but thats probably because Im 28 and not 7. Junie gets a fancy mushy valentine from a secret admirer and then sets out to solve the mystery of who sent it. Along the way we get a lot of cute antics from the independent and talkative five year old.
But I must say, Im surprised/impressed kids can read this and do well with it. Or either that, the particular 7 year old I am with is a better reader than most. The author tries to write as if Junie is talking/thinking, so it jumps around quite a bit, as an easily distracted five-year-old would. Not only that, but many of the words are spelled wrong (valentime, nouncement) and the sentence grammar is wrong and the sentences go on and on (like, well, a five-year old). I think it would be a great, funny book to read aloud to a small child, but I would think these intentional errors would make it more difficult for someone who is just getting to the chapter book stage of reading.
The Mushy Gushy Valentime (Junie B. Jones)
Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentine (Junie B. Jones Series #14)
Junie B. Jones #14
Junie B. Jones is a children's book series written by Barbara Park and illustrated by Denise Brunkus. Published by Random House from to , the stories begin with Junie B. Aimed at beginning readers, the series centers on Junie B. Jones, a young girl who is just entering kindergarten in the first book in the series, Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus The B stands for Beatrice.
In stock: Usually ships within hours. Your order will ship on or around the release date. Barbara Park is beloved by millions as the author of the wildly popular Junie B. Jones series. She lives with her husband, Richard, in Arizona.