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Yucky Blucky Fruitcake

Junie B. Jones and the Yucky Blucky Fruitcake by Barbara Park

Junie B. Jones and the Yucky Blucky Fruitcake by Barbara Park


Overview:
“I’m the bestest winner in the world!” In the 5th Junie B. Jones book, it’s Carnival Night, and Lucille has already won a box of fluffy cupcakes with sprinkles on them. But when Junie B. wins the Cake Walk, she chooses the bestest cake of all—the one wrapped in sparkly aluminum foil. How was she to know it was a lethal weapon?
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Wow, this one was packed with good lessons:
1. Respect your parents. There were numerous times throughout this story that Junie B. disrespected or disobeyed her parents and man did she learn a lesson.
2. Winning does not always mean you are the winner. Even when Junie B. won the cake walk she was not a winner because she didn’t listen and therefore got a BAD prize.
3. Friendship is more important that winning.

Sneaky Peeky Spying

Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peeky Spying by Barbara Park

Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peeky Spying by Barbara Park

Overview:
Junie B. is the bestest spier in the whole world.
That’s ’cause she has sneaky feet. And her nose doesn’t whistle when she
breathes. But guess what? Junie B. might be real sneaky and real
peeky, but when she spies on her teacher, she could get into real
trouble!

Six-year-old Junie B.’s penchant for spying on people and her curiosity about the private life of her teacher get her in trouble at kindergarten.
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This book was a ‘good lesson’ book as it opened the door for me to talk to Addyson about what is appropriate and what is not. Super cute and if you can get over the fact that Junie B. talks in a lot of slang it’s a great story.

Big Fat Mouth

Junie B. Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth

Junie B. Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth


Overview:
When Mrs. announces Job Day at School, Junie B. gets carried away (as usual!), coming up with the “bestest”—and strangest—job description in Room Nine. “Another hilarious, easy book about Junie B. Jones.”—Booklist.

When her kindergarten class has Job Day, Junie B. goes through much confusion and excitement before deciding on the “bestest” job of all.
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WOW! Again we read this in ONE night!! I’m loving these books (and so is Addyson).

A Little Monkey Business

Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business

Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business


Overview:
Through a misunderstanding, Junie B. thinks that her new baby brother is really a baby monkey, and her report of this news creates excitement and trouble in her kindergarten class.
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We read this book in ONE NIGHT! Addyson loved it and it’s a lot of fun to read too :).

Stupid Smelly Bus

Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus

Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus


Overview:
Meet the World’s Funniest Kindergartner—Junie B. Jones!

Remember when it was scary to go to school? With over 50 million books in print, Barbara Park’s New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, is a classroom favorite and has been keeping kids laughing—and reading—for over 20 years! In the 1st Junie B. Jones book, it’s Junie B.’s first day and she doesn’t know anything. She’s so scared of the school bus and the meanies on it that when it’s time to go home, she doesn’t.
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So…we’re done with the Magic Tree House books for now (we’re awaiting the next book to be published) so we’ve moved on to a new series and Junie B. Jones is IT! Addyson loved it!!

Abe Lincoln at Last

Abe Lincoln at Last by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House book #47)

Abe Lincoln at Last by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House book #47)

Overview: Jack and Annie are! They are trying to get a special feather that will help save Merlin’s baby penguin, Penny. When the magic tree house whisks them back to Washington, D.C., in 1861, Jack can’t wait to meet Abraham Lincoln himself! But the new president is too busy to see them, as he is desperately trying to save a nation in crisis.

When Jack and Annie ask for some magical help, they go back even further in time to a mysterious woods. Are these the same woods where Abraham Lincoln takes his daily horse ride? If so, can an orphan named Sam help them find Abe? Or will Jack and Annie have to help Sam instead?
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We actually listened to this book on our recent road trip to Memphis for Spring Break. Both kids enjoyed listening to Mary Pope Osborne read her books.

Dogs in the Dark

Dogs in the Dark by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House #46)

Dogs in the Dark by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House #46)


Overview:
The fan-favorite chapter-book series whisks Jack and Annie back in time to the Swiss Alps in search of a rare flower. When they find a monastery where monks and St. Bernards live, Annie offers to train a young dog named Barry. Then Barry runs away, and Jack and Annie have a new task to find Barry! Will he lead them to the mysterious flower? Or into danger?
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We actually listened to this book on our recent road trip to Memphis for Spring Break. Both kids enjoyed listening to Mary Pope Osborne read her books.

A Crazy Day with Cobras

A Crazy Day with Cobras by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House #45)

A Crazy Day with Cobras by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House #45)


Overview: The fan-favorite chapter-book series sends Jack and Annie back to India over 400 years ago to search for a rare and precious emerald. Once there, they discover an amazing and exotic world filled with great danger. Will they find what they’re looking for? Will they avoid the wrath of the all-powerful Great Mogul, survive a crazy ride on a wild elephant, escape an attack by king cobras—and make it back to the magic tree house alive?
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We actually listened to this book on our recent road trip to Memphis for Spring Break. Both kids enjoyed listening to Mary Pope Osborne read her books.

A Ghost Tale for Christmas

A Ghost Tale for Christmas by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House Book # 44)

A Ghost Tale for Christmas by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House Book # 44)

Overview: A spirited holiday mission!

The magic tree house whisks Jack and Annie back in time to the foggy streets of Victorian London, where they must help Charles Dickens. But the famous author has everything he could possibly want. How are they supposed to help him? It’s not until Mr. Dickens rescues them from being thrown in jail that they discover his secret past and the sad memories that haunt him. Jack and Annie will need all their magic—and help from three ghosts!—to save the great writer.

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We actually listened to this book on our recent road trip to Memphis for Spring Break. Both kids enjoyed listening to Mary Pope Osborne read her books. We also got to talk about the history of books that Charles Dickens wrote.

Leprechaun in Late Winter

Leprechaun In Late Winter by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House # 43)

Leprechaun In Late Winter by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House # 43)

Overview:
Jack and Annie are whisked back to long-ago Ireland. Their mission? To inspire a girl named Augusta to share her creativity with the world. But when they meet Augusta, Jack and Annie don’t see how they can inspire her at all—she is the least imaginative person they’ve ever met! Luckily, Jack and Annie have a special whistle that they can use to show Augusta a magical world. But their plan backfires! Can Jack and Annie rescue their new friend? Or will Augusta be lost forever?

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Addyson and I read this book in TWO days. We had just finished up book 42 and were leaving to go to Memphis a few days later. I had already picked up the audio books for book #’s 44-47 so we had to finish this book up before our road trip so we could listen to those books along the way. This was a cute little story that definitely tapped into her imagination.

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