Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren Is a Cute Read
Even though this is number seven in the Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park, it was the first one I ever read. This series is about a little girl named Junie B. who’s just starting kindergarten (they continue until she’s in at least first grade, I think). She’s silly and fun, and she reminds of Ramona Quimby, only a little younger.
In Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, Junie B. decides she loves the same boy her two best friends have fallen for, and she can’t figure out why he thinks she’s a nutball.
I love the language in this book, because some of the phrases and mispronunciations Junie B. Jones uses sound a lot like my daughter’s. The book has 80 pages, and I had no problem reading the whole thing out loud all in one sitting.
Despite the fact that it’s a chapter book with plenty of opportunities to stop, I just wanted to keep going (and my daughter wasn’t complaining!).
These probably aren’t books that a child who’s around the same age as Junie B. will be able to (or want to) read alone. None of the words are especially difficult to sound out, but the pages filled with words and the fact that there are chapters intimidate my daughter.
There are a few pictures throughout the book to break up the story, but not as much as she’s used to. I imagine trying to read through this series would be frustrating for a beginning reader if they did want to try (but I wouldn’t discourage it).
We’re probably going to be buying a lot of these books (for some reason, our library doesn’t have many!). They’re cute and give us something to do together in the afternoons when it’s too hot or stormy to go outside.
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