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Junie B., First Grader: Cheater Pants (2003)

by Barbara Park

Other authors: Denise Brunkus (Illustrator)

Series: Junie B. Jones (21)

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This children's chapter book describes a first grader's, Junie B. Jones', first experience with cheating, or being a "cheater pants". This book shows Junie's internal struggle of whether or not to cheat. She cheats on both an essay and a spelling test, owns up to both eventually, and gets punished by the teacher both times. After a while, Junie learns that cheating simply is not worth it. ( )
  sommerkirk | Feb 24, 2015 |
Junie B. Jones was another one of my favorite series to read growing up. As a kid I loved these books because of how funny Junie B. was. Her character is real and very relatable to children her age. She is outgoing, funny, friendly, and imaginable. However, at the same time, she is still learning and growing, and makes mistakes, too. With this being said, every reader has the opportunity to see both sides of her charming personality, while being able to share these characteristics and struggles. In addition, the author of “Junie B., First Grader Cheater Pants” makes the writing and language simple for children to understand, also in an engaging way. Not only does the author’s depiction of Junie B. relate to readers, but also so does Junie B.’s personal writing, in her journal. She makes common spelling mistakes and writing errors, alike to most children her age, such as “that’s how come”. I think the main idea of this particular book is to teach children that cheating is never the answer; honesty and trust are far more worthy qualities. ( )
  Ebutzn1 | Nov 26, 2014 |
Summary: Junie B. Jones forgets to complete one of her homework assignments where she has to come to the front of the class and read what she did over the weekend. Instead of confessing to forgetting to do her homework, Junie copies the work of another classmate which was on a desk near hers. When both girl read their essay, which is the same, and the teacher confronts the two. Junie feels guilty and ends up confessing. After this, Junie swears she will never cheat again until one of her friends offers her a answer during a test. Since the answer was offered to her, Junie believes it is not wrong. However, the two girls feel guilty and confess to the teacher, which the teacher appreciates, they still receive a punishment.

Review: The central message of this story is cheating is not worth it because Junie ends up feeling guilty every time and receiving a punishment for it. I like how the story had a ending lesson of cheating is not worth it. In addition, I like how this chapter book included pictures which I think is a good thing for younger children to practice connecting the text and illustrations in order to visualize the story. ( )
  rjones34 | Nov 12, 2014 |
Summary - When Junie B. Jones' dad won't let her stay up late to finish her homework she cheats on two different occasions.

Personal Reflection - This book relates to many kids I know. I have two boys that are in school and they want to stay up late or even wait last minute to do their homework however, I haven't heard of them cheating off of any one.

Classroom Extension Ideas -
1. Ask children if they have ever cheated off of someone.
2. Explain what can happen to cheaters. ( )
  JennaJ | Nov 3, 2014 |
Cheater Pants tells the story of Junie B. Jones cheating on two accounts, once off of May's homework and again off her friend's spelling test. Junie B. Jones learns what it means to cheat and how others lose trust in her because of it. She also begins to understand that it is wrong to cheat and is honest to her teacher and her parents when she cheats off a friend's test. The theme of this book is honesty, and the content includes teamwork, the difference between right and wrong, and accepting the consequences for your actions. I think this book is a clever read that young children would enjoy, and the length is perfect for a child beginning to read chapter books.
  AlyssaScruggs | Oct 8, 2013 |
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To the creative teachers and librarians whose sense of fun allows them to welcome June B into their rooms each day.
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Dear First Grade Journal,
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375823026, Paperback)

Junie B. Jones has all the answers when it comes to cheating. It’s just plain wrong!But what about copying someone else’s homework? That’s not cheating, right? ’Cause homework isn’t even a test! And speaking of
tests . . . what if a friend shares an answer that you didn’t even ask for? Sharing definitely isn’t cheating . . . is it? Uh-oh. Maybe this cheating business is more complicated than Junie B. thought. Could she be a cheater pants and not even know it?

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

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