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publisher: Kids Can Press

Jasper John Dooley: Star of the Week

by Caroline Adderson, illustrated by Ben Clanton

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school & education, humorous stories, chapter books
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list price: $16.95
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook
published: March 2012
ISBN:9781554535781
publisher: Kids Can Press
Description

At last, it's Jasper John Dooley's turn to be Star of the Week at school. Unfortunately, nothing turns out as planned. His Show and Tell falls flat. A new baby at his friend Ori's house steals his spotlight. And worst of all, the new baby has only-child Jasper wondering if his own family is too small. When Jasper decides to build himself a brother (named Earl) out of wood, Earl's schoolyard shenanigans send Jasper to the principal's office! But with a little help from family and friends, things turn around for Jasper. And by the time Friday arrives, he is once again sure that he has what it takes to be a star.

Jasper John Dooley: Star of the Week is the first in a series of chapter books featuring a charismatic and funny central character. An only child with active, loving parents (and a most impressive lint collection), Jasper John Dooley is a true original.

About the Authors

Caroline Adderson is the author of eight books and numerous articles and stories. Her work has won two Ethel Wilson Fiction Prizes and three CBC Literary Awards, and been nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, two Commonwealth Writers’ Prizes, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, and the Rogers’ Trust Fiction Prize. She's been hailed as one of Canada's most promising writers by Margaret Atwood and literary critic Philip Marchand. She lives in Vancouver.

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Ben Clanton is an up-and-coming author-illustrator from Seattle who describes himself as a “story scribbler, picture squiggler, book aficionado, child advocate, dragon tamer and avid sock wearer.”
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
7 to 10
Grade:
2 to 5
Awards
  • Commended, Best Bets Junior Fiction (Series), Ontario Library Association
  • Winner, Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee
  • Short-listed, Hackmatack's Children's Choice Book Award
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
Editorial Reviews

This well-written, funny, and engaging story is a promising start to a new chapter-book series ...

— Booklist

Readers will identify with many of Jasper's comical, age-appropriate issues as he navigates the sometimes confusing complications of early primary school.

— Kirkus Reviews

This first title in a transitional chapter book series introduces an enthusiastic boy full of creativity and everyday concerns.

— School Library Journal

... a work of genius ... it has a playful sparkle that makes it truly exceptional.

— The Toronto Star

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Jasper John Dooley: Star of the Week (Jasper John Dooley, Book 1)

While award-winning author Caroline Adderson’s latest offerings appear disparate — an easy reader in a humorous series and a stand-alone dramatic novel — they share loving familial relationships and sensitive, kind and unusual protagonists.

In Jasper John Dooley: Star of the Week, the eponymous protagonist is perhaps the only child in his class who fails to understand that being the week’s “star” is an extended homework assignment. Indeed, much of the gentle humour in this book arises from the differences between what Jasper and the reader understand. Jasper cannot fathom, for example, why a classmate thinks he is poor when he brings his beloved collection of scented dryer lint for Show and Tell. Conflict arises when the birth of his friend Ori’s colicky sister eclipses Jasper’s star status. Jasper’s subsequent quest for his own “pretty purple” sibling causes a funny, touching chain of events during which Jasper discovers that a baby sibling is more than an attention-getting accessory. Jasper’s good-heartedness, hilarious logic and unique outlook will attract youngsters to this promising new series. They will also enjoy Clanton’s expressive, childlike, black-and-white drawings. Parents will appreciate the real issue that underlies the humour (i.e., Jasper’s unhappiness at his family’s size).

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Fall 2012. Volume 35 No. 4.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Jasper John Dooley: Star of the Week (Jasper John Dooley, Book 1)

Jasper John Dooley is finally the Star of the Week at school, but things don’t go as planned and no one is interested in his Show and Tell. With the help of his parents, friends and a hammer and nails, Jasper manages to turn things around and regain his classmates’ attention.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Spring, 2012.

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