Junie B. Jones and the Yucky Blucky Fruitcake (Junie B. Jones Series #5)

Junie B. Jones and the Yucky Blucky Fruitcake (Junie B. Jones Series #5)

by Barbara Park, Mark Podwal


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“Hilarious. Barbara Park makes reading fun.” —Dav Pilkey, author of Dog Man
Barbara Park’s #1 New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, has been keeping kids laughing—and reading—for more than twenty-five years. Over 65 million copies sold!
Meet the World’s Funniest Kindergartner—Junie B. Jones! It’s Carnival Night, and Lucille has already won a box of fluffy cupcakes with sprinkles on them. But when Junie B. wins the Cake Walk, she chooses the bestest cake of all—the one wrapped in sparkly aluminum foil. How was she to know it was a lethal weapon?
USA Today:
“Junie B. is the darling of the young-reader set.”
Publishers Weekly:
“Park convinces beginning readers that Junie B.—and reading—are lots of fun.”
Kirkus Reviews:
“Junie’s swarms of young fans will continue to delight in her unique take on the world. . . . A hilarious, first-rate read-aloud.”
“Junie B. Jones is a feisty six-year-old with an endearing penchant for honesty.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679866947
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 09/28/1995
Series: Junie B. Jones Series
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 73,961
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.22(d)
Lexile: 490L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 8 Years

About the Author

BARBARA PARK (1947–2013) is beloved by millions as the author of the wildly popular Junie B. Jones series. She is also the author of award-winning middle-grade novels and picture books, including Skinnybones and Mick Harte Was Here. We are thankful for the laughter she’s given us and to millions of children.


Scottsdale, Arizona

Date of Birth:

April 21, 1947

Place of Birth:

Mt. Holly, New Jersey


B.S., University of Alabama, 1969

Read an Excerpt

Chapter 4: Very Practicing

After school, I runned all the way home from my bus stop. That's because Grandma Miller baby-sits me in the afternoon. And I wanted to tell her all about Carnival Night!


Grandma Miller hurried out of baby Ollie's room. She looked grumpity at me.

"Shh! Junie B! Not so loud! I just put the baby down for his nap!"

My shoulders got very slumping.

"Yeah, only I'm excited down here, Helen," I said.

Then Grandma smiled a little bit.

And she hugged me hello.

And she said not to call her Helen.

"Yeah, only I didn't even tell you the bestest part yet!" I said. "'Cause Mrs. read me the kind of games they're going to play. And so now I can practice them at home. And I will be the bestest game winner of anyone!"

I hurried to the laundry room to get the clothespins.

"They're gonna have a game where you drop clothespins in a bottle!" I hollered to Grandma. "Except for I can't find a bottle in this whole big laundry room. So I'm just gonna drop my clothespins in a bucket. 'Cause that will give me the feel of it, I think!"

I got the bucket away from the mop. Then I dropped all of my clothespins right in that thing.

"Hey, Grandma! I did it! I did it! I dropped every single clothespin in this big bucket. And I didn't even miss one of them! I am a breeze at this game!"

I ran back to her. "Now I need some pennies to practice the Penny Toss," I said.

And so Grandma Miller gave me all her pennies. And I ran back and threw those guys in the bucket, too!

And here's another fun thing! When Mother came home from work, she showed me how to putt with a real actual golf club!

Only no golf balls in the house. So I just putted a grapefruit. And also a dinner roll.

And guess what? That night at dinner I didn't even growl about sitting on the telephone book. 'Cause everything was going my way, that's why!

After we ate, Mother and Daddy cleaned up the dishes together.

They weren't even paying attention to me.

That's how come I sneaked into the bathroom to practice another game.

Its name is Throwing Sponges at Principal!

First, I got the sponge from under the sink.

Then I made it soaky wet with water.



"Fire!" I said.

Then I throwed the sponge with all my might.

It splashed right in the middle of the toilet pot!

"BULL'S-EYE! I MADE A BULL'S-EYE!" I hollered real excited.

Only just then, I heard a knock at the door.

"Junie B.? What are you doing in there? Open the door."

Oh no!

It was Mother!

I was in big trouble, I think.

My heart got very pumping. On account of I'm not actually allowed to play in the toilet.

So I quick flushed the sponge down the pot.

Only too bad for me. 'Cause that dumb thing got stucked in the hole.

And the water kept on getting higher.

And higher.

And then it runned right over the top!

Mother banged harder.


I did a gulp.

"Yeah, only it's a little bit splashy in here right now," I explained kind of quiet.

Mother unlocked the door with the key.

I smiled very pleasant.

"Hello. How are you today?" I said.

Mother hollered the name of ROBERT!

Robert is my daddy. Except for sometimes he is Bob.

He came running in there.

"Well, good night, folks," I said.

Then I tried to sneak out of there. But Mother held on to my shirt. And so even when I kept on walking, I kept on staying.

She made me help her and Daddy dry up the water with towels.

After that, I had to take a bath. Only I don't know why. 'Cause I was already wet from the toilet.

After my bath, Mother tucked me into bed. Me and her had a little talk.

"Look, Junie B., Daddy and I know you're excited about the carnival," she said. "And we also know you're having fun practicing the games. But you're worrying too much about winning. Nobody can win all of the time.

"Right?" she said.

"Right," I said.

"And besides, the fun of a school carnival isn't whether you win or lose. The fun of a school carnival is just playing the games in the first place.

"Right?" she said.

"Right," I said.
"So we'll go to Carnival Night on Friday. And we'll have a great time. And we won't worry if we don't win any prizes at all.

"Right?" she said.

"Right," I said.

Mother kissed me goodnight. "See you in the morning," she said.

"Right," I said.

After she closed my door, I waited for her feet to walk away. Then I quick took out my flashlight from under my pillow.

I shined it all around my room.

First, I shined it on my dresser.

Then I shined it on my toy box.

Then I shined it on the brand new bookshelf Daddy made me.

I smiled and smiled.
That's where I'm going to put them," I whispered to just myself.

"That is where I'm going to put my hundred prizes."

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Junie B. Jones and the Yucky Blucky Fruitcake (Junie B. Jones Series #5) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a 36 year old mom and i laughed so hard i cried reading this book to my daughter!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing And Helpful LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!$%&+-7558 Welcome to my world of yucky fruitcake advice
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever! She may be in kindergarten but she is soo funnyz !
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was funny beacause it showed alot of humorous acts pulled by Junie B especially the part where Junie B made a bulls-eye in her toliet with the sponge
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read this story and loved it SOOOO much i decided to do this for my piece for the speech team. everyone that heard it loved it, as well, and i got scored well for performing it!!! i can relate to Junie's personality, i was like that as a kid, too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it so much i am go to read it agin
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lov it and im 99
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing and hilarious book . Defenitly recomend this book .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg,i love every single book of junie b. It was my favorite book since i was a little girl and it's still my favorite . Mrs.parks did a good job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!love it!!!!!!!!!!!!
patrick cain More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because it was really funny when she found out that it wasen't really fruit
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book.It is really funny!My favorite part was when Junie B Jones sat on the fruit cake in the car and made it flat.This was the best book I have ever read!
EmilyBush on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's an okay book. I feel that it might could give children the wrong idea. It might make them feel it's okay to complain as the main character does. It also doesn't teach proper grammar. I can understand that, since it's from a child's perspective. But this is a crucial time for children to be learning proper English and I feel this book doesn't support that.
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Junie B. Jones becomes obsessed with winning, but she finds herself losing out and getting in trouble for being a sore loser at the school carnival.  She finally does win something- a fruitcake!  It is not the delicious cake she imagines, but she finds out that she can sit on it and enjoy its aluminum wrapping.
PaigeCostella on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Junie B. Jones is a kindergartner who loves winning. She challenges her grandpa, and two best friends to different games to prove she is the best at them all. She beats her grandpa in all the games, but she loses to her two best friends. When her teacher tells her they are having a Carnival Junie goes home and practices all the games they will have at the Carnival, so she can will them all. When Junie B. Jones goes to the Carnival she does not win any prizes but a comb. The last game she plays is cake walk, Junie win and picks out a cake wrapped in foil, to her discovery its a fruit cake which she does not like at all. This is a great book for children to read to know that you will not always win everything and its ok. Not everyone is perfect and is going to win all the games all the time. The only downfall with the book is that it's not in proper English format. This is a problem because this is when children and starting to read and write and for it not being in proper English does not help with that.
emleonard on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Junie B. Jones is a kindergartner who is out to win all the games that she plays. When one morning she plays three games with her grandpa and wins she thinks she's the best at them. Once she goes to school and plays the games with two of her best friends and can't win she becomes a sore loser. Her school is having a school Carnival so Junie B. Jones goes home to practice some of the games so she can win. But, when she goes to play the games at the carnival she doesn't win and gets in trouble for her attitude towards losing. This could be a both good and bad to let children read. It could teach them a lesson to not be a sore loser like Junie B. Jones or it could make some children think its okay to act like she did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really this book its a cute book i love this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only the BEST SERIES On EARTH!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lol. I love it!!! Read it over and over again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So sad if its really true
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book stinks Says VOLLEYBALLSTAR
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very funny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like junis b beause she remides u about what u did when u were young like her al she know how to make u luagh And if did not like the book u did not read it i know it
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Dad mom juhhnie b jones