Title: Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus
Bibliographic Information: Park, B (1992). Junie b. jones and the stupid smelly bus. New York: Random House Childrens Books.
Annotation: Junie is so scared to ride the bus on her first day of Kindergarten after she hears many scary rumors about what goes on there from her friends. So, instead of going on the bus after school is over, she decides to hide in her teacher’s closet. A janitor finds Junie., and she explains to her mother why she did it and what exactly she did.
Genre: Realistic Fiction – Comedy/Humor
Grade level: 2nd-5th Grade
Readers who will like this book: Readers who are looking for a fun and entertaining read will enjoy this book. Also, readers who enjoy reading about brave and outgoing characters will love the Junie B. series.
Personal response/rating: I rate this book a 5, because it is such a fun and entertaining read. Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus is the first book of this fun series. For this series I think it would be best for the students to read with an adult. Therefore the adult can explain what it is going on and correct some of the language Junie B. Jones uses. I can see where some parents would be concerned about their child reading this series. The series should not be banned. The language, grammar, and the decisions Junie B. Jones uses is what makes the series worthy and entertaining.
Question I would ask before the reading: Were you nervous to ride the school bus on your first day of school?