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Illus. in black-and-white by Denise Brunkus. Trouble crops up because of an unusual misunderstanding--Junie B. starts to think that her newborn brother is really a baby monkey! "Chapter book readers will be laughing at Junie's antics as well as her way with words."-- "Booklist. " Illus. in black-and-white by Denise Brunkus. Trouble crops up because of an unusual misunderstanding--Junie B. starts to think that her newborn brother is really a baby monkey! "Chapter book readers will be laughing at Junie's antics as well as her way with words."-- "Booklist. "


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Illus. in black-and-white by Denise Brunkus. Trouble crops up because of an unusual misunderstanding--Junie B. starts to think that her newborn brother is really a baby monkey! "Chapter book readers will be laughing at Junie's antics as well as her way with words."-- "Booklist. " Illus. in black-and-white by Denise Brunkus. Trouble crops up because of an unusual misunderstanding--Junie B. starts to think that her newborn brother is really a baby monkey! "Chapter book readers will be laughing at Junie's antics as well as her way with words."-- "Booklist. "

30 review for Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business

  1. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    I got this out of the library for my 4yo on a classmate's mom's recommendation. My 4yo loved it, I hated it. I expect it would be fine for a slightly older kid who would get the "humor", but for my 4yo it was just exposing her for the first time to a bunch of inappropriate stuff. Specifically: The grammar is atrocious. It's supposed to be cute, but it sets my teeth on edge. I wouldn't let my daughter talk like that, so why would I read her a book written that way? I corrected it as I read it. Junie I got this out of the library for my 4yo on a classmate's mom's recommendation. My 4yo loved it, I hated it. I expect it would be fine for a slightly older kid who would get the "humor", but for my 4yo it was just exposing her for the first time to a bunch of inappropriate stuff. Specifically: The grammar is atrocious. It's supposed to be cute, but it sets my teeth on edge. I wouldn't let my daughter talk like that, so why would I read her a book written that way? I corrected it as I read it. Junie B. is a brat. My daughter and her friends haven't yet gotten to the "you're not my friend" stage, I certainly don't want her learning it from these books! There is a "teaching moment" at the end, but when you're reading it over the course of several days it takes much too long to get to it for the message to sink in. The language sucks. ;) Lots of "dumb" and "stupid" which my daughter is horrified by, both being "bad words" at preschool. We may revisit these books when she's older and can understand it all a little better, but hopefully she'll find better books she likes just as much!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Hailey

    Junie B. is a very anxious 5 year old. She is in kindergarten and her parents had a baby boy. She was very excited about having a baby brother. One day, she was with her grandma and her grandma told her that her bother was "the cutest little monkey". Just like any other 5 year old would do, Junie believed her. She went to school and told all of her friends that her brother was a monkey. Her friends then started giving her presents and bribing her so they would be the first one to see her brother Junie B. is a very anxious 5 year old. She is in kindergarten and her parents had a baby boy. She was very excited about having a baby brother. One day, she was with her grandma and her grandma told her that her bother was "the cutest little monkey". Just like any other 5 year old would do, Junie believed her. She went to school and told all of her friends that her brother was a monkey. Her friends then started giving her presents and bribing her so they would be the first one to see her brother that is said to be a monkey. Eventually Junie B. was sent to the principal's office. He had to call Junie's grandmother so she could clarify that Junie's brother was a baby but he was just cute. Junie B. Jones is a 5 year old girl in kindergarten. She was happy to be getting a new brother. Toward the end of the book she was not as excited, because she found out her baby brother wasn't a monkey. She is very gullible just like any other little kid. I recommend this book, or any Junie B. Jones books, for grades 3-5. These ages would like it the most because, they Junie B. is younger like them. They can relate to the same thing Junie B. went through. Although, any age could read it. If you need a good laugh, you have to read a Junie B. book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dusty

    I was entering junior high school in the 90s when the Junie B. Jones series was new, so I was oblivious to them until now, when I am beginning to rotate some short chapter books into my almost 5-year-old's bedtime story routine. On the one hand, I share the other reviewers' concerns about the book's language. As an adult, I appreciate the comedy in Junie B.'s juvenile diction, but as a parent, I want to encourage my son to speak, well, better. On the other hand, I don't think the author of these I was entering junior high school in the 90s when the Junie B. Jones series was new, so I was oblivious to them until now, when I am beginning to rotate some short chapter books into my almost 5-year-old's bedtime story routine. On the one hand, I share the other reviewers' concerns about the book's language. As an adult, I appreciate the comedy in Junie B.'s juvenile diction, but as a parent, I want to encourage my son to speak, well, better. On the other hand, I don't think the author of these books expects the kindergarten diva to be a model for readers so much as a point of conversation for kids, their parents, and their teachers. Do I want my son to call his friends stupid and guilt them into giving him their snack tickets and high tops? No, but I am glad these things come up in books so that I can talk with him about them before he faces them in real life. Anyway, whether I love the series or not is beside the point -- I already can tell I will be reading them all, probably multiple times.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kristyn

    Yikes. This book was on a list of recommended books for kindergarteners and first graders. Because it was a quick read, I sat down and previewed it while we were at the library. The main character was nasty to her parents and teachers, and socially aggressive towards her "best friends;" basically showing every quality that I'd like to prevent in my child. I would never encourage my child to read this book. Lets give our children a little more credit and not assume that they are little brats just Yikes. This book was on a list of recommended books for kindergarteners and first graders. Because it was a quick read, I sat down and previewed it while we were at the library. The main character was nasty to her parents and teachers, and socially aggressive towards her "best friends;" basically showing every quality that I'd like to prevent in my child. I would never encourage my child to read this book. Lets give our children a little more credit and not assume that they are little brats just because they are young.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Erickson

    My 4.5 year old loves the Junie B. books so far. I replace some words here or there so that she doesn't go around calling others stupid or dumb...just as I do for some of the language in the beloved Roald Dahl books. Or we pause in the moment and talk about what Junie B. should or shouldn't have said or did and she learns from it. These books have her even more excited for Kindergarten than she already is. My 4.5 year old loves the Junie B. books so far. I replace some words here or there so that she doesn't go around calling others stupid or dumb...just as I do for some of the language in the beloved Roald Dahl books. Or we pause in the moment and talk about what Junie B. should or shouldn't have said or did and she learns from it. These books have her even more excited for Kindergarten than she already is.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ivonne Rovira

    That irrepressible kindergartener, Junie B. Jones, is back, this time with a soon-to-be-born little brother. I do not know who I pity more: her mother or her teacher. But their bad luck is our good luck, as this book is sure to delight young kids everywhere.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    Summary: In this book, Junie B. Jones, a kindergartener, is getting a surprise from her mom and dad. When she hears "surprise" she thinks that must mean there is a wrapped present hiding somewhere in the house that she must go find. She searches all over, but is not finding anything. Then her parents inform her that there is not actually a present, but that the surprise is a new baby brother or sister! As exciting as the news may sound, Junie B. is not thrilled. From what she knows about babies i Summary: In this book, Junie B. Jones, a kindergartener, is getting a surprise from her mom and dad. When she hears "surprise" she thinks that must mean there is a wrapped present hiding somewhere in the house that she must go find. She searches all over, but is not finding anything. Then her parents inform her that there is not actually a present, but that the surprise is a new baby brother or sister! As exciting as the news may sound, Junie B. is not thrilled. From what she knows about babies is that they are P.U. She certainly doesn't want that in her house. Unfortunately, she has no choice because the baby is coming very soon. In fact, a few nights later her mom and dad go to the hospital and Junie B. is left with her Grandma and Grandpa Miller, who she refers to as Frank and Helen. That evening Grandma Miller goes to the hospital and leaves Junie B. with her grandpa. This means pie and just pie for dinner along with five waffles and endless syrup the next morning! Before leaving for school, Grandma Miller comes with great news. Junie B. Jones has a new little brother who is just the "cutest little monkey". She's told he has long fingers and toes and a head full of black hair. Junie B. is so excited! She loves monkeys! When she gets to school she tells her whole class during show and tell that her new baby brother is a monkey! Many kids don't believe her which gets her into a fight and sent to the principal’s office. After Junie B. and Principal talk it out a make a phone call to Grandma Miller, it is cleared up the her brother is certainly not a monkey. It was only a figure of speech. The class then goes on to make up examples like, busy bee, eats like a pig, and couch potato. After school that day, Junie B.'s mom and dad are waiting for her, and in her dad's arms is a little yellow bundle with a full head of black hair. He may not be a monkey, but Junie B. loves him! Response: I have always enjoyed the Junie B. Jones series of books. She has such a quirky personality that makes it fun to read. My favorite part of these books is just her style. Barbara Parks (the author) really captures the voice of curious little children. Working with small kids proves that kids say the funniest things without even trying. Reading about the silly life of Junie B. Jones reminds me of kids that I work with so it's always a joy to read them. I think that this book in particular sends a message of welcoming new experiences and overcoming challenges. Junie B. did not want a baby in the house. Not only do they smell, but they get all the new stuff while Junie B. is stuck with her old stuff. This event is common in the lives of many young children. I think that this book is a great way for children to find out that they are not the only one's going through that type of situation. Classroom Connection: The Junie B. Jones books seem to me, to be a good book to do as a class read aloud. It does not focus on a real subject that the kids can learn knowledge from, but it develops their literature and expands their thinking. I would read this book to my class if we were discussing family dynamics or there were a few children that were all expecting new siblings. I would also keep this book in my classroom library for children to borrow if they are in a similar situation. Also, an activity to go along with this would be for children to draw a picture of what it was like when they got a new sibling or what they would want their sibling to look like. Then they could write a description to go along with it. Text Complexity: This book has an interest level of grades 3-5, however I see that more as a range of when it can be read independently. I know that children in grades 1 and 2 would get a kick out of the humorous style of Junie B. Jones. The book has a grade equivalent of 2 and a lexile of 410.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cadee

    Reread. "I like this book because it's about people getting born, like Junie B. Jones' brother. She wants to bring him to school on Pet Day because her grandma called the baby a monkey. He wasn't a real monkey-just trying to describe he was cute." -age 7 Reread. "I like this book because it's about people getting born, like Junie B. Jones' brother. She wants to bring him to school on Pet Day because her grandma called the baby a monkey. He wasn't a real monkey-just trying to describe he was cute." -age 7

  9. 5 out of 5

    Elle

    okay, i need to stop reading these now. this kid, junie b, is such a bad influence 💀 jeez. how did my parents ever let me read these books? i guess they accomplished making a reader out of me, but no. they are just so bad lmao.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Marie

    ElaFaye is eating these books up. Our reading sessions going to bed have seriously increased in length. We went back to the library today and picked up books 3-5. I am loving this bonding time we have together.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Eleanor

    I actually read this book a long time ago, but I never wrote a review for it. I wanted to, but I kept getting destracted by other things. Also, I didn't want to have to deal with dictate being annoying. However, I just got a new BrailleNote, which is a thing like a braille computer, but the screen is at the bottom. This BrailleNote has access to the internet, which means I can do Goodreads now. No more dictating. I can type it in on a braille keyboard faster than I can type on an iPod or dictate I actually read this book a long time ago, but I never wrote a review for it. I wanted to, but I kept getting destracted by other things. Also, I didn't want to have to deal with dictate being annoying. However, I just got a new BrailleNote, which is a thing like a braille computer, but the screen is at the bottom. This BrailleNote has access to the internet, which means I can do Goodreads now. No more dictating. I can type it in on a braille keyboard faster than I can type on an iPod or dictate. As you can see, I am very excited! Now, though, I think that the reviews I write will be a lot better. Anyway, this was another Junie B. book that Mom read to me. She read several of them allowed to me when I was in preschool. I'm going to do my review a little bit differently this time. When I was five, I got a new voice recorder for Christmas. I loved it and recorded pretty much anything from me making funny noises to my dad brushing his teeth to see how it sounded. Dad decided that I could record him asking questions about my favorite books. This book was one of them. I want part of the video to be in the review. I can't add in a link, but I will write in what we say. Just so you know, there will be spoilers ahead! Although, this isn't the kind of series you have to read in order. Dad: (in the video) "I'm here with my daughter. Her name is Eleanor. Eleanor, can you say hi?" Me: "Hi." Dad: "Just want to ask you a couple of questions. First of all, what is your favorite book?" Me: "Junie B. Jones and Little House. I like two favorite books." Dad: "Two favorite books. Wow! Well out of all the Junie B. Jones books, which is your favorite Junie B. Jones book?" Me: (smiling) "Monkey Business." Dad: "Monkey business? What's that about?" Me: "Baby Ollie being born." Dad: "Baby Ollie being born? Who's Baby Ollie?" Me: (matter of factly) "Junie B. Jones's baby brother." Dad: "Oh, and does she like him?" Me: "Yeah." Dad: "That's good. Do you like your babies?" (I have two younger sisters, and at that time, one of them was a baby.) Eleanor: "Yeah." Dad: "Your baby sister Gwennie when she was a baby? Did you like her?" Me: "Mmhmm." "What about Baby Poppy? Do you like her?" Me: "Mmhmm." Then, Dad moves on to asking questions about Little House. As I said before in the video, Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business is about Junie B. getting a little brother. She doesn't like the idea at first, but then, she does. Her grandma says that he's the cutest little monkey she's ever seen. Naturally, Junie B. believes that her lrother is a real little monkey. My favorite part of the book is when Junie B. meets her baby brother. This book is remomended to anyone who likes books about kids. I still enjoy them. Also, it is still my favorite Junie B. Jones book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rosa Cline

    In this Junie B adventure her parents start out telling her she is getting a surprise... it's not the surprise she expects or anticipates. BUT she does end up getting a new baby brother. As she gets to stay the night with her Grandpa and do and eat whatever they want without Grandma getting onto them that was quite the happiness for her. When Grandma comes home from the hospital and says she has a little brother that is a little monkey. Junie B takes her seriously and thinks her baby is a real m In this Junie B adventure her parents start out telling her she is getting a surprise... it's not the surprise she expects or anticipates. BUT she does end up getting a new baby brother. As she gets to stay the night with her Grandpa and do and eat whatever they want without Grandma getting onto them that was quite the happiness for her. When Grandma comes home from the hospital and says she has a little brother that is a little monkey. Junie B takes her seriously and thinks her baby is a real monkey so she tells her teacher and classmates this getting her into trouble. But in the end she sees him and realizes that he isn't a monkey but is as cute as a little monkey. These books are a little on the 'hyper' side and she is a bit disrespective for my taste but my teen age special needs son has enjoyed the first two from the series so we'll see how many we end up reading. And different adventures she gets into. And you really need to read these in order to follow the story line and Junie B's understanding of her world.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzie

    It was cute and funny at the same time.

  14. 5 out of 5

    David Joseph Mikels

    Me and my oldest baby listened to this book on tape at town today

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ashlyn Stelmach

    Reread 8/3/2021: Still absolutely adore Junie B. 10/22/2017:Another cute story!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)

    Very cute. Grammar gets murdered as usual, it is a Junie book after all. My very favorite line involves animals at the zoo and how they may pull you through the bars and kill you. Morbid? Yes, but you can picture parenting a kid like Junie and how you would have to constantly warn her of the terrible things that could happen if she ran off at the zoo. Junie is just parroting those warnings and it's hilarious. I've finally surrendered to the idea that my daughter will NEVER enjoy reading the same Very cute. Grammar gets murdered as usual, it is a Junie book after all. My very favorite line involves animals at the zoo and how they may pull you through the bars and kill you. Morbid? Yes, but you can picture parenting a kid like Junie and how you would have to constantly warn her of the terrible things that could happen if she ran off at the zoo. Junie is just parroting those warnings and it's hilarious. I've finally surrendered to the idea that my daughter will NEVER enjoy reading the same books I enjoyed as a kid. I was a "Where the Red Fern Grows", "Black Stallion", "Irish Red" sort of child. My daughter cannot stand animal books. She is an "Amelia Bedelia", "Captain Underpants" and "Junie B. Jones" sort of kid. Yes, I get that a lot of parents don't enjoy Junie and she is sort of a brat. But, she's no worse than many kids. If your kid isn't like Junie, she at least knows a kid just like her.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Linnea Shockey

    The book Junie B Jones and a Little Monkey Business by Barbara Park is a story about a little girl named Junie B. One day, Junie B’s parents give her the news that she will receive her very own baby brother or sister. However, Junie B is not very thrilled about the news. When she goes to stay with her grandparents, Junie B’s grandma tells her that her new baby brother looks like a monkey. Junie B quickly tells her classmates that she has a monkey brother. In the end, Junie B comes home only to f The book Junie B Jones and a Little Monkey Business by Barbara Park is a story about a little girl named Junie B. One day, Junie B’s parents give her the news that she will receive her very own baby brother or sister. However, Junie B is not very thrilled about the news. When she goes to stay with her grandparents, Junie B’s grandma tells her that her new baby brother looks like a monkey. Junie B quickly tells her classmates that she has a monkey brother. In the end, Junie B comes home only to find that her “monkey brother” is in fact just a normal child. I enjoyed this story because of Junie B’s lovable, charismatic, and humorous attitude to life. I would likely recommend this book to many of my friends.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Schmidt

    2.5 Stars from me, 5 stars from my 6 year old daughter. Just like the first book I had to "edit" as I read because I don't find it cute that she always says "stupid" "dumb" and how she hates people. So I skipped over those parts and I find it extremely irritating that I have to do that. Also why are all the adults just ignoring her being completely rude? No one says anything or calls her out! It drives me insane! The book would not lose anything by editing all of the inappropriate comments from 2.5 Stars from me, 5 stars from my 6 year old daughter. Just like the first book I had to "edit" as I read because I don't find it cute that she always says "stupid" "dumb" and how she hates people. So I skipped over those parts and I find it extremely irritating that I have to do that. Also why are all the adults just ignoring her being completely rude? No one says anything or calls her out! It drives me insane! The book would not lose anything by editing all of the inappropriate comments from Junie B. That being said, the story was funny and made my daughter and I laugh out loud several times. I like that she's so eager to hear the entire story and find out what happens in the next book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Just wanted something fun and light. This might be my last foray into the Junie B. Jones series as an adult. I'd rather keep my fond memories of this as a child rather than be annoyed by Junie B, who is a perfectly realistic five year old, but is still kind of a brat. Just wanted something fun and light. This might be my last foray into the Junie B. Jones series as an adult. I'd rather keep my fond memories of this as a child rather than be annoyed by Junie B, who is a perfectly realistic five year old, but is still kind of a brat.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Allyson

    I recently bought all the Junie B. Jones book my 90s/early 2000s collection was missing, and so this was my first time reading this one. Just like with all the rest, I LOL’ed multiple times. 😂 I love these books!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Cole 💛

    I got the idea to read some old childhood books from one of my friends because why not ?!? I love Julie B Jones and her attitude it reminds me a lot of myself. I kind of laughed because there’s not a lot of pages and when I was little I thought they were so long.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Ambler

    Another hilarious installment of Junie B's adventures. Love her sassy style. Another hilarious installment of Junie B's adventures. Love her sassy style.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    Cute

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Koger

    i won't lie, junie b. is a brat, but these stories are so fun and entertaining. i won't lie, junie b. is a brat, but these stories are so fun and entertaining.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Bylin

    My husband and I are reading the Junie B Jones books to our twin granddaughters via FaceTime. SO MUCH FUN!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amelia Alejandra Bueno Batista

    Cool

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kaotic

    My childhood revisited! Words can be hard- there are so many meanings! I love Junie B.'s enthusiasm through life and just how much she trusts and believes in what her grandma tells her about her new little monkey brother. My childhood revisited! Words can be hard- there are so many meanings! I love Junie B.'s enthusiasm through life and just how much she trusts and believes in what her grandma tells her about her new little monkey brother.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shadi .n

    The First book I ever read

  29. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    A smart-mouthed kindergartener is in for a big surprise when her new brother turns out to be a baby boy and not a pet monkey as expected!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I read this book aloud to my two kids in one sitting and they thought it was hilarious. I wasn't a big fan of Junie B. using the word "dumb" among other inappropriate comments. However, it's very obvious that most of the things that Junie B. Jones does are inappropriate. My kids could point out all of Junie B's faults so I don't think I have to worry about her becoming my kids' new moral compass. I love hearing my kids laugh and cuddling with them during evening storytime so the book was worth r I read this book aloud to my two kids in one sitting and they thought it was hilarious. I wasn't a big fan of Junie B. using the word "dumb" among other inappropriate comments. However, it's very obvious that most of the things that Junie B. Jones does are inappropriate. My kids could point out all of Junie B's faults so I don't think I have to worry about her becoming my kids' new moral compass. I love hearing my kids laugh and cuddling with them during evening storytime so the book was worth reading despite the main character's faults.

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