Junie B series

junie_b_jonesJunie B Jones is a truly delightful series by Barbara Park with adorable illustration by Denise Brunkus.

I shall review the entire first series as a gestalt since, in the end, it tells one story — the kindergarten career of one Ms Juniper Beatrice “Junie B.” Jones.

Each book takes you through a small (mis)adventure in the little girl’s life and each one, while perfectly ordinary and innocuous on its own is exacerbated and magnified by the quirky imagination and unusual perspective of the little heroine.

If you have children, I sincerely recommend them.  If you don’t have children, I sincerely recommend them — really, they great for a laugh and a great light read, no one’s too big or too old for cute.

The stories are told from Junie B’s point of view, which only serves to make them even more delightful as you follow her train of thought throughout the day’s scrapes.

There is a sequel series, Junie B: First Grader, which (in case the name was too subtle) is her in first grade.  This one is done as a series of school journal assignments, but otherwise continues the theme of Junie B telling the story of her latest amusing anecdotes.

Really — they’re short, they’re cute, they’re sweet, they’re silly.  The synopsis of any of the books could easily be a sentence (in fact a quick check of Wikipedia confirms just that), and wouldn’t do them the faintest justice.  Go, pick them up — they’re about us$3 each, and short enough that you could easily read a quarter of the series over a latte.

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Pirates of Venus by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Edga...

Pirates of Venus by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., 1934 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Once again, a long dry spell without reviews.

Sorry about that — haven’t been reading anything the last couple of months, too busy working on a novel I’m writing.

‘Till the Last Petal Falls by Elizabeth Rose should be arriving soon, and when it does I’ll be digging into that and there’ll definitely be a new review up for it.

In the mean time, here’s an almost review, recommended authors:

Mysteries — Lawrence Block

Fantasy — Dennis McKeirnan, Ed Greenwod, Elaine Cunningham, JRR Tolkein

Science Fiction — Robert Heinlein, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Spider Robinson, Arthur C. Clarke, E. E. ‘Doc’ Smith

Romance — Maybe Neil Gaiman‘s Stardust, couldn’t say, I don’t have a favourite romance author at the moment.

Urban Fantasy — Seanan McGuire (hey, that many Hugos both won and nominated, and Nebula awards?!)

Western — Good ol’ Louis L’Amour

Young Adult/Childrens/Teens — J K Rowling, C S Lewis, Lewis Carroll, A. A. Milne, L. Frank Baum, Wendy Orr

Comics/Graphic — Clairmont’s Uncanny X-Men, the wonderful Schlock Mercenary by Howard Tayler, Jeph’s Questionable Content, and the Foglio’s Girl Genius

Classic Adventure — Mark Twain, Jules Verne, Treasure Island, Three Musketeers.

Sound like a cliché list?  Couldn’t it be just as likely that it’s just a list that a lot of people over the years have agreed with, and several awards and best seller lists would back up?