Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy (Junie B. Jones Series #12)

Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy (Junie B. Jones Series #12)

by Barbara Park


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There's going to be a Pet Day at school—only the rule is No Dogs! And that's the only kind of pet Junie B. has! If Mother won't let her get a new pet, then Junie B. will have to take matters into her own hands. Maybe a jar of ants? Or a wiggly worm? Or—could it be—something even better? The world's funniest kindergartner is back in her twelfth book!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780606155984
Publisher: Demco Media
Publication date: 01/28/1998
Series: Junie B. Jones Series
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)
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: Ooey Gooey


Grandma Miller quick took back the worm.

"For heaven's sake, Junie B. What in the world is the matter with you? It's just a baby earthworm. Look how teeny he is. This little fellow would make a wonderful pet."

I did a huffy breath at her.

"Yeah, only worms cannot be pets, Grandma. 'Cause pets have fur so you can pet them. And worms just have ooey gooey skin."

Grandma Miller looked surprised at me.

"Don't be silly," she said. "Not all pets have fur. My bird Twitter doesn't have fur, and he's a pet. And goldfish don't have fur. And hermit crabs don't have fur. And lizards don't have fur. And-"

I covered my ears with my hands.

"Okay, okay. Enough with the fur," I said. "But worms don't have eyes or ears, either. And they don't have legs or tails or feet or necks. And they don't chirp or bark or cluck or meow. And so what kind of stupid pet do you call that?"

Grandma Miller thought and thought.

Then she smiled real big.

"I'd call that the kind of pet that won't wake up the neighbors or sniff the company or scratch himself silly," she said back.

After that, she stood up. And she gave the baby earthworm to Mother.

"I'll leave this little guy with your mother for now," she said. "You can think it over and see if you want to keep him. I'll check back with you later."

Then she kissed me on my head.

And she grabbed the ice chest.

And she hurried out the door.

Mother looked at the baby worm in her hand. "My goodness. You are alittle one, aren't you?" she said.

She got an empty mayonnaise jar out of the cabinet.

Then she poked holes in the lid for air. And she put the baby worm inside of it.

Mother looked at him in there.

"You don't even know where you are, do you, little fella?" she said. "I bet it's kind of scary in there all by yourself."

I turned my back on her. 'Cause I knew what she was up to, that's why.

"You can't make me like him, Mother," I said. "Nobody can make me like him."

"Of course not," said Mother. "But just because you don't like him, doesn't mean I can't like him."

She talked to the worm some more.

"Hmm. Maybe you'd be happier if you had some dirt to crawl around in," she said. "Let's go outside and see what we can do."

After that, Mother put on her jacket. And she went outside. And she digged in the dirt from her garden.

She came inside and showed me the jar.

It looked kind of cute in there.

There was a rock and a stick and a dandelion and some clovers.

I peeked at the baby worm.

He peeked back, I think.

"Yeah, only I still don't like him," I said kind of softer.

I rocked back and forth on my feet.

"And anyway... even if I did like him, I don't know what worms eat. And so what would I even feed that guy?"

Mother ruffled my hair.

"Are you kidding? That's the best part about worms," she said. "They get all of their food right from the soil. You don't have to feed them anything at all."

Just then, my baby brother started to cry.

"Uh-oh. The baby's crying," she said. "Here. Take this."

Then she quick handed me the jar.

And she runned right out of the room.

From the Hardcover Library Binding edition.

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Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy (Junie B. Jones Series #12) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good I love her books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever i love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the cuteness of the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think Junie B. Jones is AWESOME!!!!BYE BYE HRRY POTTER!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked when Junie B. Jones said that Grandma Miller stole Sparkle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
what a great book junie b jones smells something fishy .By barbara park if you like junie b books read the junie b jones books in this story junie has pet day , she does not know what pet to bring . she stuck because she has a dog and her teacher Mrs. said no dogs allowed and she has a problem so what pet is she going to bring . read the book to find out and I love this book because it is funny .
josh brown More than 1 year ago
i am a kid and i loved that loved that book because it is soo funny. when i an down i read junie b jones to make me feel good. i always think i can relate to her. we gave somthings in common like...we wear crazy things,we talk to our stuffed animmals,and we love to run and scream.
fanPA More than 1 year ago
Easy read fun stories, can be purchased individually or sets. Great gifts, reasonable cost.
PACEastRutherford More than 1 year ago
Our 7 year old granddaughter LOVES these books - pretty soon we've bought the whole series. She is now reading the books to her younger brothers & trying to teach them to read as well. All 3 children love these books - so there has to be something really interesting to keep their attention - the learning or funny side or both. I was happy someone told me about these books for the young children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We continue to laugh at Barbara Park's imagination in these books! Never a dull moment when Junie B. is around. My girls love these books and they encourage their love for reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Junie B. Jones smells something fishy is a really funny book,especially when she brings a.......(I can't tell you) to school for pet day and her pet wins a prize!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My favorite character in the book is Junie B. Jones because she is funny and she is the main character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was great! It was really funny when for pet day she brought a.... oh wait i'm not going to tell you! You have to read it for yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I loved how Junie B. trys to find a pet for pet day. It was funny. I would tell people to read this book from tje ages 6-9.
e-bob on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a pretty good book.
Markell08 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The reason why I gave this book a four because I really like this book. This book is very funny. This book is about Junie B. Jones having pet day at her school. Junie B. Jones would like to take a real pet instead of a picture of a pet. She goest through a series of misadventures while trying to find a pet to take to school for pet day. None of the pets she wanted to take to school would work so finally eventually she end of taking a fish stick pet day and end up winning for having the most behaved pet. This book was real cute and funny. You can use this book in the content area instruction by having the classroom bring pets or pictures of there pets and have a pet day in the classroom and also you can teach them about differents animals and pets that are in the world.
mrsleishman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Junie B jones I read everyday it was my first book that i read in third grade and my faert cariter is juni b jones .and i red it evre day athome and school and at pere but my farit plas is at the Library.
phyllistinefoster on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy is about a kindergartner name Junie b. Jones. her class is having pet day at school. The only pet that Junie B. has is a dog, but the teacher says there are no dogs allowed so therefore Junie B. does not have a pet to bring to pet day. her grandma suggesats she brings the raccoon that has been sneking into the garage, but it is too hard to catch. then, her grandma brings in a worm that Junie B. ends up letting out and is not able to find. Then, when Junie B. ends up staying the night at her grandparents house she finds the perfect opet to take to school in the freezer while looking for orange juice. She takes it and puts it into her backpack. When she arrives at school the teacher begins to call on the students to tell about their pets. When she gets to Junie B. she goe to her backpack and pulls out her pet. It is fish sticks. The teacher then pulls out her dictionary to see if junie B. pet matches the definition of pet and it does so Junie B. is hapy.I enjoyed this book. I read it with my fourteen year old and we both laughed at the things Junie B. said and did.After reading the book can have the children draw a picture of their pet, can be read during pet week, and can have the children bring their pet to school and do a show and tell.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really really good and funny I loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so funny and histarical.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
for little kids like in first and second grade
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that this book is really good i recamend little kids to read this book