Cheater Pants
by Park, Barbara; Brunkus, Denise (ILT)






When her father will not let her stay up late to do her homework, first grader Junie B. copies a classmate's paper.





BARBARA PARK is best known as the author of the wildly popular New York Times bestselling Junie B. Jones series, which has kept kids (and their grown-ups) laughing-and reading-for over two decades. Beloved by millions, the Junie B. Jones books have been translated into multiple languages and are a time-honored staple in elementary school classrooms around the world. Barbara once said, "I've never been sure whether Junie B.'s fans love her in spite of her imperfections...or because of them. But either way, she's gone out into the world and made more friends than I ever dreamed possible."

Barbara Park is also the author of award-winning middle grade novels and bestselling picture books, includingSkinnybones, Mick Harte Was Here, and Ma! There's Nothing to Do Here!

Barbara Park was born in New Jersey in 1947 and spent most of her adult life in Arizona, where she and her husband, Richard, raised two sons. Barbara died in 2013, but her legacy lives on in the laughter her books give to readers all over the world.





Gr. 1-2. No one wants to be a cheater pants, a "nasty, rotten ratty pants," especially not first-grader Junie B. Jones. However, in the latest addition to Park's popular early chapter-book series, Junie B. is indeed guilty as charged. One day when she neglects to do her homework, she leans over to copy prissy, perfect, punctual May's paper. After being busted in an embarrassing fashion, Junie B. laments in her journal, "I wish I could disappear into thin hair." Fortunately, with the help of her teacher, Mr. Scary, she learns her lesson: she wasn't "borrowing" May's homework, she was, in fact, cheating. Or was she? Park creates a wonderful classroom of distinct personalities, reflecting the best and most irksome parts of being a kid with equal aplomb. Junie B. is quite entertaining-if you can get used to the deliberately odd constructions such as "I did a gasp at that thing." Brunkus' comical, distinctly Eloise-like pencil illustrations suit the precocious Junie B. to a T. ((Reviewed September 15, 2003)) Copyright 2003 Booklist Reviews






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