Star of the week

Caroline Adderson, 1963-

Book - 2012

Taking a turn as "Star of the Week" at school, Jasper John Dooley is upset by an unsuccessful show-and-tell presentation, a spotlight-stealing baby, and a classmate's shenanigans that send Jasper to the principal's office.

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Series
Jasper John Dooley ; 1.
Subjects
Published
Toronto ; Tonawanda, NY : Kids Can Press c2012.
Language
English
Physical Description
127 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
ISBN
9781554535781
1554535786
Main Author
Caroline Adderson, 1963- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Irrepressible Jasper embraces his role as classroom Star of the Week. True, show-and-tell does not go as planned. His classmates are surprisingly unimpressed by his lint collection, but he has high hopes for Family Tree day. His best friend, Ori, has a baby sister (named "Wa-wa-wa-wa" for her incessant crying), and Jasper wants one, too. Stymied by his parents' refusal to check the hospital for extra babies, Jasper fleshes out his family tree by building a brother out of wood. Like show-and-tell, having a wooden brother does not unfold as Jasper expects. Characters are likable and quirky, and their exuberance is captured in intermittent pencil illustrations. This well-written, funny, and engaging story is a promising start to a new chapter-book series, and early readers will anticipate Jasper and Ori's further adventures. Share with kids looking for a boy version of Sara Pennypacker's Clementine series or with fans of Lenore Look's Alvin Ho books. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 1–4—Jasper John Dooley is excited about being the class Star of the Week. He is looking forward to participating in some activities, but things don't seem to go as planned. As Jasper prepares for show-and-tell, his friend Ori storms into class late and talks about his brand-new baby sister, taking the attention from the star and his enthusiasm for his lint collection. While working on his family-tree poster, Jasper realizes he is jealous of Ori and the past Stars of the Week, who have large family trees. The class laughs when Jasper shows off his three-dimensional "Family Stick" with an imaginary sibling. When he builds an imaginary brother out of wood and brings him to class, everyone laughs again. With each mishap, Jasper is scared that he will lose his star badge. This first title in a transitional chapter book series introduces an enthusiastic boy full of creativity and everyday concerns. Line drawings in various sizes support his quirky personality and zeal. This title serves as an easier, male rendition of Sarah Pennypacker's "Clementine" series (Hyperion).—Janet Weber, Tigard Public Library, OR [Page 112]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Taking a turn as Star of the Week at school, only child Jasper John Dooley is disappointed by an unsuccessful show-and-tell presentation, a spotlight-stealing baby at a friend's house and a classmate's shenanigans that send Jasper to the principal's office.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Taking a turn as "Star of the Week" at school, Jasper John Dooley is upset by an unsuccessful show-and-tell presentation, a spotlight-stealing baby, and a classmate's shenanigans that send Jasper to the principal's office.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Boys and girls alike will love this chapter book about a quirky but endearing boy who finally gets to be his school's Star of the Week.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

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.