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Junie B. Jones is a series of books aimed at elementary school audiences, written by Barbara Park. The "B." stands for "Beatrice," but she doesn't like Beatrice, she just likes B., and that's all. The stories are told in the first person by Junie B. herself, and all of the stories in the original series also include a brief letter at the end by Barbara Park.Junie B. was originally conceived as a character that was Not Allowed to Grow Up, but Barbara Park changed her mind on this matter and "graduated" Junie B. to first grade, with the latter books in the series released under the banner "Junie B., First Grader." There were a total of 27 books in the series, 17 in the original line and 10 in the "Junie B., First Grader" series, as well as a couple of supplementary titles. These were released approximately once a year until 2007. No new releases were seen afterJunie B., First Grader: Dumb Bunny, and it was assumed that the series had ended, until Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten (and Other Thankful Stuff) was announced for and later released in August 2012. It was later revealed that Park had suffered a long battle with ovarian cancer and she passed away in November 2013, possibly putting an end to the idea of anymore new releases in the series. The Junie B. Jones series made ALA's list of the top 100 challenged books or books series from 2000-2009, related to complaints regarding the social values taught by the books and that Junie B. Jones is a poor role model, due to her poor spelling & grammar and mouthiness. This series has spawned a stage show by TheatreWorks USA.Junie B. Jones celebrated her 20th anniversary in 2012 and a full-color anniversary edition of the first book in the series, Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, was released in April 2012, with bonus material.Junie B. My Valentime was released posthumously on December 24, 2013 and is described as being 30 full-color cardstock valentines, 2 pages of stickers, and 9 pages of Junie B. musings on Valentine's Day.
Junie B Jones and her books contain examples of the following:
Agony of the Feet: Happens to Junie B.'s toe in Junie B., First Grader: One Man Band, when she kicks her mother's watering can that has a picture of a cow. Her sore toe then became a negative Chekhov's Gun during the story.
Are We There Yet?: In Beauty Shop Guy, Junie B. asks her dad "Are we there yet? Why aren't we there?" as they travel to the barbershop for her dad to get a haircut. It's kind of justified in this case, though, as Junie B. is confused because they're not going to their normal barber shop, but instead a beauty shop that was recommended to her father by one of his friends.
Berserk Button: Junie B.'s is when anyone refers to her as simply "Junie," and does not include the "B."
It is revealed in Mushy Gushy Valentine that he is only bullying her because he has a crush on her.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: When Junie B. is upset and crying because her white kindergarten graduation dress is covered in grape juice stains, it is that meanie Jim who gets everyone in the class to cover their own dresses in stains to make her feel better.
Christmas Episode: Junie B., First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells (P.S.: So Does May).
Companion Cube: Junie B.'s toys, including Phillip Johnny Bob (her stuffed elephant), Ruth and Larry (her Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls), and Teddy (her teddy bear). Ironically, even though they can't talk since they're toys, Junie B. seems to pretend that they're talking.
Everything's Better With Cows: Ollie saying "moo" countless times in the first grade books. Especially in BOO...and I MEAN It!, where he even dresses as a cow for Halloween, which is funny to Junie B. Also, the picture on the watering can that Junie B. kicks in One Man Band.
Fire-Forged Friends: Junie B. and Jim from Mushy Gushy Valentime onward, and later, Junie B. and May briefly at the end of Junie B., First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells (P.S.: So Does May).
555: "Its name is 555-5555. It's hard to remember, because I keep forgetting the 5."
Full Name Ultimatum: Subverted; most of the adults often say Junie B.'s full name whenever they get annoyed with her, however they use "B." instead of "Beatrice".
Gag Haircut: In Junie B. Jones is a Beauty Shop Guy, Junie B. does this to herself, her "talking" bunny slippers, and even her dog Tickle while she's playing with scissors and pretending to be a beauty shop lady. As a result, her hair ends up looking like a mess, making her extremely disappointed. Afterwards, her parents take her to the beauty shop barber to have her hair cut short in the end, making her happy again.
Head Desk: Junie B.'s father resorts to this after he and her mother try to console Junie B. about not being invited to Jim's birthday party in That Meanie Jim's Birthday and Junie B. says that she's going to move to the "It's a Small World" ride in Disney World.
Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Paulie Allen Puffer, who often tells Junie B. stories that can't possibly be true, but she believes them anyway.
Literal-Minded: Junie B. can be this sometimes, such as in That Meanie Jim's Birthday, when Grandma Helen Miller tells her that Jim is trying to "get her goat."
Locked In The Bathroom: In Yucky Blucky Fruitcake, Junie B. locks herself in the bathroom to pretend throwing sponges at her principal at the school's carnival. She actually throws them at the toilet, but then they get stuck in the drain, causing the toilet to flood the bathroom by accident.
Long-Running Book Series: First published in 1992 and continued until 2011, with a total of 27 books in the main line and three supplementary books until Barbara Park's death in 2013.
Averted earlier: Junie B. was terribly worried that she would look nerdy when she got glasses in Junie B., First Grader: At Last! In the end, her new friends supported her and helped her to see that her glasses were actually pretty cool.
Also, in the kindergarten series, there's Charlotte.
Malicious Misnaming: While Junie is her real name, May purposely calls Junie B. "Junie" without her "B" to upset her.
Negative Continuity: According to Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School, Junie B.'s mom used to be at a school called Brainerd Elementary in 1st grade between 1983 and 1984, despite the series itself being created in the early 1990s. At least her mother should have been said to be in first grade sometime in the 1960s or 1970s.
No Name Given: Junie B.'s kindergarten teacher, literally named "Mrs." (as Junie B. calls her), whose surname was never revealed in the kindergarten series. (She has another name too, but Junie B. just likes "Mrs.," and that's all.) Additionally, her first grade teacher is referred to as "Mr. Scary," which surely can't be his real last name.
Or maybe it is. Some teachers in children's series have very unusual names, or allow students to call them by a shortened version or nickname because their real name is hard to pronounce.
Noodle Incident: "Walking on cake is the funnest thing I love! 'Cause one time at a picnic, I stepped on my grampa's Little Debbie snack cake with my bare feet. And the creamy filling is very squishing between my toes!"
Not So Different: Both Junie B. and May have the same type of stuffed elephant. Furthermore, although they dress up their elephants differently, they play with them in a similar way and make their talk using similar voices. Additionally, Junie B. figures out that May would like a Squeeze-a-Burp as a Secret Santa gift, which is something that'd she'd like too. Though the two state positively that they could never be friends with each other, it does seem like given time and the right circumstances, they could at the very least be frenemies.
Only Sane Man: Grace played this role in the kindergarten series of the book.
Potty Emergency: Junie B. goes through this in the climax of Stupid Smelly Bus, when she tries to open several bathroom doors at school, only to find them locked. Thus, she rushes to the nurse's office and calls 911 on the phone. When she finally runs out the school exit, a green fire truck, white police car and red ambulance drive up to the parking lot on purpose. Then the janitornote or "the man with the can" as she calls him in the book stops her when this happens, but Junie B. convinces him that she's having an emergency, so he unlocks a girls' bathroom door for her.
Rich Bitch: Lucille only some of the time. The rest of the time she's a Spoiled Sweet and legitimately good friend.
School Play: The premise of Junie B., First Grader: Shipwrecked.
Secret Santa: Junie B. and her class are assigned to do this in Junie B., First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells (P.S.: So Does May) and Junie B. is less than thrilled when she is assigned be secret Santa to her nemesis, May.
Traumatic Haircut: Junie gives herself on in the book Beauty Shop Guy Thankfully, it gets fixed at the end.
Unmanly Secret: In Beauty Shop Guy, Junie B.'s dad is a bit bothered at having to take Junie B. with him to the beauty shop because he doesn't want anyone to know that he's visiting a beauty shop instead of his normal barbershop. (His friend recommended the beauty shop to him.)
Unusual Euphemism: Junie B.'s mispronunciations of words, such as "pasketti" (spaghetti), "bestest" (best), "valentime" (valentine), "splode" (explode), "stomple" (stomp), etc.
With Friends Like These...: Lucille dumps Junie as a friend in first grade, but with Grace, the only reason why they don't hang out is because she was put in another class.
Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Junie B. is afraid of roosters (because she thinks "they can peck your head into a nub"), ponies (because she thinks "they can stomple you to the ground and kill you"), and clowns (because she thinks "they are not normal people").