Junie B. Jones and That Meanie Jim's Birthday (Junie B. Jones, No. 6)

by Barbara Park

Other authorsDenise Brunkus (Illustrator)
Paperback, 1996



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Random House Books for Young Readers (1996), Edition: Illustrated, 96 pages


Junie B is very upset when a boy in her class plans to invite everyone except her to his birthday party, but her grandfather helps her deal with the situation.

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LibraryThing member Jazz2107
I love Junie B. Jones books because they depict so well what elementary age children think. In this book, Junie B. Jones talks about how she loves birthday parties. Meanie Jim birthday is coming up soon but he invites everyone to the party but her. What should Junie B. do? This will be a good book
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for young children in the midst of adversity. All children will not be the same and everyone does not want to be your friend so what do you do.
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LibraryThing member annajamieson
Junie B. Jones and That Meanie Jim's Birthday by Barbara Park is another selection from the Junie B. Jones book series. It is a transitional book for elementary school students. This story is about Junie B. Jones not getting invited to her classmate's birthday party. Even though she does not really
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like this boy, she feels hurt by not getting invited. It is a great story for children because they can probably relate to the situation and understand how Junie is feeling. In a classroom, the teacher could have the students write about how they would feel in this circumstance or make a connection to their own experiences.
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LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
Jim invites everyone to his party- except Junie B.! She is terribly upset because she can't go, but then she finds out that going means taking a bath and giving Jim a present. She realizes that she can spend her Saturday having fun instead, and skips the party in favor of fixing the toilet.
LibraryThing member dbhutch
Junie B is the only kid in her class to not get invited to Jim’s birthday and she is very angry and upset. With all the spunkiness that is Junie B, when she figures out that she has to get a bath and get Jim a present, she chooses to stay home and fix the toilet.
LibraryThing member epalmergpw
Junie B. Jones and That Meanie Jim's Birthday is a story about a girl who doesn't get invited to a student in her classes' birthday. He doesn't invite her because of the fight that they have on the bus about their parties. Junie B. Jones does what she can to prove that her party will be better
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I would use this book in a middle school class instead of the obvious grade level it is actually used for. Since my middle school students are old enough to understand that the author uses humor in Junie B. Jones' tone, I would have them think about how all different age levels can read different books and get different stories from them. A second grader reading this book, might get some of the humor, but is paying attention to find out if Junie B. Jones gets to go to Jim's birthday, whereas an adult reader would just enjoy reading how Junie B. Jones rationalizes her thoughts. It would be important to have middle schoolers be the in-between age group to evaluate just how much of this humor they actually get. Are they at the stage where they not only realize the humor, but appreciate it or do they think Junie B. is just annoying. They would learn that things change as they grow up.
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LibraryThing member cassie.lee.irwin
Media: Pencil
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Review: The author of this realistic fiction early chapter book does a great job of having a situation that could easily happen in real life, and then gives ways to handle it. Even though the characters and situation are not real there is still much to be
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learned from the way that Junie B. Jones deals with not being invited to Jim's birthday party.
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LibraryThing member csloan
I love the Junie B. Jones books. They are perfect for young girls and boys. In this book Junie and Jim are not getting along so he is not going to invite her to his birthday party. She gets so upset and gets sent to principals office and resolves it. So Saturday morning her mom wakes her up to go
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shopping for a present for Jim. They pick out a tool belt but Junie likes and does not like Jim so why should she give it to him, then she was going to have to take a bath on a Saturday and she did not like that either. Her mom said she did not have go that her grandpa needs help around his house. So she was the person from room nine that did not go the birthday party.
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LibraryThing member Jill.Barrington
Junie B. Jones is upset when Jim invites everyone to his birthday party except her. When she finally ends up with an invitation, she does not go to the party. Instead, she spends the day helping her grandfather fix the toilet, about which she is very excited.

The book would be great to discuss why
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and how feelings get hurt sometimes.
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LibraryThing member GuidedbyVoices11
Genre: This book is realistic fiction. In this book all of the events are entirely possible. Although these would unlikely happen they do happen in the real world. People are constantly having birthdays/birthday parties. This may be an extreme example of what could happen with a birthday party, it
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is entirely possible that the events in the story could happen and thus it makes the book a realistic fiction story.

Age: Intermediate

Use: 1. I would not use this book in class due to the language in it, but I would allow students to read it silently or on their own. 2. After reading have students write or tell you what is wrong with the grammar that Junie B. Jones uses.

Media: Pencil
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LibraryThing member karlilov
Summary: Junie B. Jones loves birthday parties. Yet, she is not very fond of meanie boy Jim. But when Junie B. finds out that she is not invited to his birthday party, she is very hurt. After eventually getting an invitation, she realizes that this birthday party might not be all that it's cracked
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up to be.

Personal Reaction: I laughed the whole time! I have loved Junie B. Jones books since I was in the second grade, and I am sure that they will never ever stop making me laugh. I think that this is a great book for just about any elementary grade to read.

Classroom Extension: I think that students could write about a time they felt left out, and why it is mean to not invite people to something. I also remember from my elementary days, the teacher would have a birthday cake template, and we would write about our own birthday experience on it.
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LibraryThing member MaryBethLingner
I personally love all the Junie B. Jones books in Barbara Parks’ series. However, I immediately grabbed, “Junie B. Jones and that Meanie Jim’s Birthday” to read for my reading log. I remember loving this book as an elementary school student and my feelings for it have not changed, even
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though I am 20 years old. I love this book for a multitude of reasons. First, I absolutely love the character of Junie B. Jones. She is incredibly realistic in the way that she acts and talks and all the ridiculous, but relatable, situations she gets herself into. Junie B. is not a perfect character and often makes mistakes, but that’s what makes her so loveable and relevant. Secondly, I love the dialogue in the book. The way Parks writes is hilariously real and insightful all at the same time. The interactions Junie B. Jones has with her parents, grandparents, teachers, and classmates are all so well written and natural. In “Junie B. Jones and that Meanie Jim’s Birthday” Junie B. lands herself into a predicament by getting into an argument with her nemesis Jim, which results in her being the only kid in her class to not receive an invitation to his birthday party. This sets into motion Junie B. scheming her way into being invited to Jim’s birthday in order not to feel left out. When she finally gets an invitation, she realizes (with the help of her mother and father) that she doesn’t want to waste her Saturday spending time with a boy who is mean to her. Junie B. comes to understand that she should spend her time how she wants to spend it, not how she thinks she should spend it out of fear of being the only one doing it. This leads me to discuss the big idea of, “Junie B. Jones and that Meanie Jim’s Birthday.” All throughout the book Junie B. wants an invitation to Jim’s birthday so she doesn’t have to be the only one in her class not at the party. However, when Junie B. finally receives an invitation and the day of the party comes she suddenly feels hesitant about going and realizes that Jim’s party is “ruining her Saturday.” When Junie B. shares her feelings with her parents she also says that she will be the only one in her class not going and that will be the “saddest story she’s ever heard of.” Her father responds to her by saying, “Why is it sad to spend your Saturday the way you want to spend it? Why is it sad to spend the day having fun, instead of wasting it on a boy you don’t even like? Her mother than goes on to tell her all the good things that being the only one not going to Jim’s party entails, like being the only kid who doesn’t have to take a bath. The big idea of “Junie B. Jones and that Meanie Jim’s Birthday” is to encourage kids to be themselves and do things that they want to do, even if it means standing alone or stepping away from their friends for a little. Junie B. Jones will grow up to be a much better person for staying true to herself even if it means being the only one sometimes.
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LibraryThing member jtaylo41
The language used in this book was very funny and age appropriate. The author does not use regular grammar, she writes as if a young child was actually speaking. The plot was engaging and I laughed my through the whole book. This specific book shows how Junie B. Jones is very competitive and bossy,
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which I feel a lot of young students struggle with. The main messages of the book are acceptance and friendship.
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LibraryThing member bkling1
I enjoyed this book because it was the epitome of my childhood. Although I never went to the extent of Junie B. Jones of getting herself uninvited to a party, but I would always want to feel included at birthday parties and eat the cake and sweets. When it came time to buying presents for my
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friends, I wanted to keep them just like she wanted to keep the tool belt. Therefore being able to connect with the plot made it enjoyable to me as a reader. I think the message of this book is to teach kids a lesson about other children’s birthdays and how to be respectful of them and not selfish.
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LibraryThing member kjacks26
I really liked this book, along with every other Junie B. Jones book. I love how clever Junie B. Jones is, and how she always seems to find trouble. For example, "Me too," I said. "Now I can't eat the rest of my cake, too. And so I will throw both our cakes in the trash can for us." I looked all
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around me very careful. Then I quick ducked behind the trash can. And I stuffed both those cakes right in my mouth. I like how these beginner chapter books include pictures. Sometimes a lot of words can intimidate a reader, but in you flip through and see pictures, you may feel better about reading it. I also think that the pictures could be a great way to activate background knowledge before reading the book. I like this book because of the language, and how you feel like the things that Junie B. Jones says really reflect a kindergarten student. It allowed me to see the point of view of a kindergarten, especially since Junie B. is so open and honest about everything. For example, "JUNIE B. JONES!" shouted Mrs. "WHAT ARE YOU DOING?" "I am turning around his fatty head," I explained." The central message of this book is that two wrongs do not make a right. Even though Jim did not invite Junie B. to his party, she learns that not inviting him to her party does make her as happy as she thought it would.
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LibraryThing member yyoon4
Book about a girl who goes through the struggle of being excluded from a birthday party.
LibraryThing member TessaB28
Junie B jones is a rumbustious girl who is always bouncing on the edge of her seat and bound to get into mischief. While at school she finds out she was the only one not to get invited to the meanie Jim's birthday! She can't believe it and takes to her own ways of dealing with it. She actually
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snatches and invite from another student and runs away with it on the playground...only to be told on and sent to the principal. With all of this drama happening that she is causing, Jim eventually walks to the principals office and hands Junie B jones an invite! In her head she believes she has won, but from the looks of it, she is already bounding towards her next funny adventure in the next book. The is not much artwork in the book, but the small amount that was there is black and white and looks like a detailed sketch with shading being done, but not to precise.
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96 p.; 7.63 inches


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