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Children's Fiction Humorous Stories

Jasper John Dooley: You're in Trouble

by (author) Caroline Adderson

illustrated by Ben Clanton

Publisher
Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2015
Category
Humorous Stories, Boys & Men, Chapter Books
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781554538089
    Publish Date
    Mar 2015
    List Price
    $16.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 5
  • Reading age: 7 to 10

Description

When Jasper John Dooley realizes a can of Torpedo High Energy Drink has rolled out of the vending machine instead of the bottle of apple juice he selected, he knows he shouldn't drink it. His parents had warned him about these “Bad” drinks that were full of things like sugar and caffeine. Jasper was allowed sugary things only as a special treat and only after he had eaten good things. Like celery. But Jasper finds the allure of the ice-cold can irresistible. He just has to take a sip. “Right away his mouth exploded in prickles. When he swallowed, the prickles went down, too. But the drink was sweet, and as soon as he took one sip, he wanted another.” And before Jasper knows what hit him, the overabundance of caffeine and sugar in the energy drink has fueled all kinds of misbehavior. Is there anything that can bring him back to his senses?

Caroline Adderson's early chapter book series starring the endearing Jasper John Dooley combines relatable experiences with a hilariously entertaining main character who sees the world in his own offbeat way. Here, Jasper's intriguing naughtiness is honestly portrayed as a struggle between the exhilaration of being bad and the discomforting downsides of feeling so hyper (and so guilty). Its readability and good fun mean that youngsters, particularly boys, will not want to put this book down. But it also offers priceless lessons about personal responsibility and making good choices.

About the authors

Caroline Adderson is the author of Very Serious Children (Scholastic 2007), a novel for middle readers about two brothers, the sons of clowns, who run away from the circus. I, Bruno (Orca 2007) and Bruno for Real are collections of stories for emergent readers featuring seven year-old Bruno and his true life adventures.
Caroline Adderson also writes for adults and has won two Ethel Wilson Fiction Prizes, three CBC Literary Awards, as well as the 2006 Marion Engel Award given annually to an outstanding female writer in mid-career. Her numerous nominations include the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist, the Governor General's Literary Award, the Rogers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Most recently, Caroline was the Vancouver Public Library's 2008 Writer-in-Residence.
Her eight year-old son Patrick and his many friends inspire her children's writing. Caroline and her family live in Vancouver, British Columbia.

 

Caroline Adderson's profile page

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.” Vote for Me! is the first book he has both written and illustrated.

Ben Clanton's profile page

Awards

  • Unknown, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Unknown, Best Bets Junior Fiction (Series), Ontario Library Association - Canada

Editorial Reviews

“Jasper John is affable and just weird enough to appeal to kids who may have trouble relating to more mainstream heroes.—National Post

Jasper John Dooley: Lost and Found is an entertaining readaloud and an engrossing story for those starting to read chapter books on their own.—CM Magazine

Jasper is as charming as ever ... A perfect series installment for newly independent readers.—School Library Journal

Another highly entertaining and enthusiastic outing in a series that's perfect for readers new to chapter books and as a captivating read-aloud.—Kirkus Reviews - Starred Review

Fans of his earlier exploits will happily embrace his latest story.—Booklist Online

Once again, Caroline Adderson deftly shows the unique thinking of a resourceful and imaginative little boy.—CM Magazine

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