Title: Junie B., First Grader At Last!
Author: Barbara Park
Illustrator: Denise Brunkus
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication Date: August 2002
The unsinkable Molly Brown of the twenty-first century, Junie B. Jones has passed on to first grade. Junie anticipates this event with excitement and trepidation, however she struggles with her new teacher and with the challenges of first grade life. When Junie is asked to copy words from the blackboard, a new challenge arises - poor eyesight! Junie's desire to fit in and yet to be unique reflects the everyday experiences of youngsters today. This book is the eighteenth installation in the Junie B. series. Young readers who are just beginning to tackle chapter books will enjoy the simple text and contemporary themes of peer pressure, friendship, and surviving every school day without embarrassment. These books are also ideal for read alouds as they have short chapters. The illustrations occur often enough to engage readers who are moving out of picture books into more abstract literature and Brunkus' drawings reflect a cartoonish yet realistic character who is larger than life.