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Dumb Bunny

Junie B., First Grader: Dumb BunnyYou’re either a Junie B. Jones fan, or you’re not. I am. I’d love to bring you over to my side, but I won’t fool myself that I can convince everybody. But I can try.

The new book is out — Junie B., First Grader: Dumb Bunny — and it’s as funny as ever. I read it aloud to my girls last Sunday, and my husband read it this Sunday. This time, Junie B. and her class are invited to an egg hunt at richie Lucille’s house. Here’s my favorite passage from the book:
   “I just don’t get it,” Lucille grouched. “How could anyone forget the Easter Bunny? The Easter Bunny brings candy right to your door.”
   Lennie did a frown at her.
   “He doesn’t bring candy to my door, Lucille,” he said. “The Easter Bunny is a different religion than me. I’m Jewish.”
   Shirley nodded.
   “I’m Jewish, too, Lucille,” she said. “I’ve never even been to an Easter-egg hunt before. What do you wear to something like that, anyway?”
   Lucille stood up and fluffed herself.
   “Well — since the Easter Bunny and I are the same religion — I’m going to wear a fancy Easter dress, Shirley,” she said.
   Shirley though for a minute. Then she nodded.
   “Hmm. Then I guess I will wear a fancy Jewish dress,” she said.
   Lennie’s eyes lighted up.
   “Really, Shirley? You mean we have our own clothing line?” he asked.
   He smiled.
   “Then I think I will wear some fancy Jewish pants,” he said.
The discussion continues until the teacher, Mr. Scary, explains that it is not a religious party, but more of a spring picnic with an egg-hunt activity. Apparently, there’s a special prize if you find the golden egg, and that lovely prize is a playdate with Lucille in her indoor pool and everyone wants to swim in that hot water pool. A fun book for Easter, or really any time you need a laugh.


Vivian Mahoney said...

Thanks for a great laugh. I am a total Junie B. fan and can't wait to get this book.

Unknown said...

I love Junie B too!! I just love yelling the parts in capital letters and my daughter thinks it's hilarious. I recommended these to a friend, but she couldn't get past the word stupid in the first title, "Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Schoolbus." Stupid and smelly and perfectly acceptable words in my house as long as you are not calling someone stupid.

Anonymous said...

oh, good. A new Junie B. Sounds like one for us.

Kelly said...

That's so funny :)

Saints and Spinners said...

Okay! You've convinced me. I'll give Junie B. another chance.

Anonymous said...

I am a Junie convert. Hated the books when I first read them, came to accept the vocabulary and now LOVE THEM!
Erika told me she was reading 'the new Junie B.' and I was so excited because you had JUST mentioned it in your blog! I told her she was all cutting edge, and when she asked me what that meant, I said it kind of meant she was the first person to do/try something. She told me "Oh, I'm not cutting edge, then. So and so, and so and so, and so and so in my class read it before me."
What a cutie! I'm still proud of her for being like Mother Reader!