Junie B., First Grader: Dumb Bunny
Written by Barbara Park
Illustrated by Denise Brunkes
Junie B. has become classic kit lit and a classroom staple for early readers. This impulsive sassy little girl takes me back to my classroom reading corner days where Ramona Quimby roamed free. In this book, Junie B., First Grader: Dumb Bunny, the students in room 1 have been invited to a an Easter Egg hunt at Lucille’s house with a playdate with Lucille and her heated pool as a prize. Junie has decided that she will win that prize, but competition from May and Lucille’s new “boyfriend” are proving to be serious obstacles. Add to that a big footed bunny costume and silly rules like no tackling, and this Easter party proves quite the adventure for this first grader.
The author has done a fantastic job of capturing the voices of these young characters, as any elementary teacher can tell you. She has also laced the book with learning opportunities, social cues, and new vocabulary well hidden in a giggle inducing story. Kids will love it and never know that they are learning something new.
This book, as well the entire series, is an excellent addition to any classroom or homeschool library and will make a fun accessory in any Easter Basket. Though the female protagonist appeal mostly to girls, boys will also enjoy Junie’s adventures, mine did at that age, and it makes a great read-out-loud for story time groups.