Author Barbara Park, creator of smarty-mouthed Junie B. Jones, dead at age 66

November 17, 2013 8:20 PM

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Author Barbara Park, creator of smarty-mouthed Junie B. Jones, dead at age 66

Starting in 1992, Park wrote more than 30 illustrated chapter books about the smart-mouthed girl with an ungrammatical opinion of everybody — her parents, her teachers, her friends and her classmate and enemy for life, May, who is so mean she won’t even acknowledge Junie’s middle initial (which stands for Beatrice: “Only I don’t like Beatrice. I just like B and that’s all,” Junie warned).

The books’ titles alone were windows into Junie’s slangy mind: “Junie B. Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth,” ‘’Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus,” ‘’Junie B. Jones and That Meanie Jim’s Birthday.” Junie was stuck in kindergarten for years before Park advanced her to the next class, starting with Bo...

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