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Jasper John Dooley: Star of the Week (Jasper John Dooley #1)

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3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  82 ratings  ·  38 reviews
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, ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Kids Can Press, Ltd.
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Patricia Bandre
Jasper is thrilled to be the Star of the Week. He gets to bring Show and Tell (his lint collection), share his family tree (he makes a "Family Stick), do a science experiement (his wooden brother, Earl), and share his talent (dancing to the sound of water sloshing in his stomach). He's a quirky little boy who has a good sense of humor. Kids will relate to the challeges he faces and find the story satisfying. This appears to be the first of a series, and I have a feeling students will anxiously a ...more
Margaret
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Sarah
Meet Jasper John in this delightful new series. One Sunday Jasper is beside himself with excitement. Starting Monday morning he will be Star of the Week at school! Each day is special for the Star of the Week: Show and Tell Monday, Family Tree Tuesday, Science Experiment Wednesday, Talent Thursday, and Special Snack Friday. Jasper has the perfect item for Show and Tell. He will be taking his collection of lint. Yes, lint! He has dryer lint. He has pocket lint. He has his dad's bellybutton lint. ...more
Barbara
In this first title in a series, Jasper John Dooley who definitely marches to his own drummer joins the ranks of titles such as Amber Brown, Clementine, and Judy Moody, but this time with a boy as the main character. I've wondered for awhile about the lack of early chapter books with male protagonists, and finally, this one fits the bill. In this introductory story, Jasper is thrilled to be the Star of the Week in his class, and he eagerly anticipates showing his jewelry box filled with treasure ...more
Chris
I know, it gets tiresome to always compare new books against older favorites, but it seems to work for me in this case. Here are two things I'd say about Star of the Week, the first book in what's sure to be an ongoing series about Jasper John Dooley:
- A Junie B. Jones for boys.
- A nice beginning chapter book option for kids and parents looking for an alternative to the over-the-top nature and potty humor of Captain Underpants and the many similar titles.

Jasper is super excited because it's hi
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Sara Truog
An elementary schooler has his turn to be Star of the Week in his classroom, but things don't quite go the way he planned them. I thought this book was really cute and perfect for kids who have recently transitioned to chapter books and like The Year of Billy Miller or Alvin Ho. Daniel did not agree... he found the lint collecting very strange, and did not like the wooden "brother." Read it for yourself and see which one of us you agree with (p.s. it had better be me!)...
Wrighty
Wouldn't we all love to be Star of the Week? Unfortunately for Jasper, he isn't getting the attention he expected and his week is going down hill fast. He desperately searches for ways to regain the focus of his classmates but nothing is working. Not even the idea of getting a new brother. And Jasper only has one week!

The idea for the story was cute and I sympathized with Jasper although I think I felt worse for his sleep-deprived friend Orin. This book should be entertaining to kids who can re
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Sandy Brehl
Jasper is a well-developed and engaging character for beginning readers. there is some development/growth throughout the series, but not enough to confuse those just beginning to handle longer, sustained episodic stories independently. The family, classroom, and situations are pretty mundane/middle class, but there are plenty of kids out there who will identify with that.
Ann Haefele
A good selection for a child ready for a beginning chapter book, of which there are too few well written ones. The story takes the reader through Jasper's week of being "star of the week" in his classroom. There are ups and downs for him which include a show and tell day, a science day, and a family tree day. He begins to question if he really has what it takes to be "a star", but with the help of his family, friends, and teacher he triumphs and turns the week around. The cover states that this ...more
Tiffany
I had no idea my younger son didn't know what lint was until we read this book.
The idea of Jasper sneaking in to steal his father's belly button lint while he was sleeping was both hilarious and disturbing.
Maisie
My 9 year old son read this book and liked it. He enjoyed the humor of it, and the drawings (which seem to be a big thing, no?), there were several parts he just had to share about. He only gave it four stars though because there are better books out there, in his words, but he didn't have any necessary complaints about this book. I can say that he did not fly through this book like he does with others, so maybe not enough of a hook to see what happens next? He was two chapters from finishing, w ...more
Magdalene
A silly an imaginative read. It kept the interest of our 8 year old son. Thankfully he was as disgusted as I was that Jasper collected belly button lint.
Karen Arendt
Jasper is fun and quirky. His antics are spot on for a young boy in elementary school. This would make a great read aloud.
Kent District Library
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 ...more
Carol
First in this Jasper series. Cute story about Jasper who is Star for the Week. A little bit quirky....he collects lint, tells everyone he has a brother and builds one out of wood.
Joanne Palin
A cute early chapter book. I will put these on my shelves for my early readers.
Cynthia Heinrichs
I enjoyed this book. Jasper is a quirky kid, but quirky kids aren't so unusual in books for this age. What is unusual is to read a story comes so strongly from the child's perspective. Adderson does a wonderful job of getting into Jasper's mind and relating his adventures and perspectives on being a star and babies and lint, and other important things, in a way that comes across as very authentic. His way of thinking, of trying to achieve his goals, rings very true for me.
Donna
Cute beginner reader about Jasper John who is jealous of his friend's new baby sister. Jasper John is finally star of the week at school, but his best friend, Ori steals his thunder when he announces that he has a new baby sister at his house. Jasper JOhn decides he wants a sibling and can't understand why his parents don't go out and get him one. The week ends well and Jasper John realizes that sometimes things are good just the way they are.
Betsy
Yea for a super cute, early chapter book about a BOY. Similar personality to the likes of Ramona or Clementine, Jasper John Dooley is a funny little guy. This is probably a better read aloud to the K-2nd crowd than a read-on-your-own for kids older than that. It feels "young." It will also make a great read for independent readers who are on the young side (like one of my boys!).
Linda
It's finally Jasper's turn to be Star of the Week, but his best friend's new baby sister steals some of his thunder. The days don't go quite as Jasper plans, but by Friday he is trly a star. First in a chapter book series. Funny and full of lots of personality; super cute illustrations. Illustrator Ben Clanton lives in Seattle.
Christiane
Sweet, funny easy reader about a young boy's turn as "Star of the Week" at his elementary school (which doesn't go quite as he planned). This would make a very appealing read-aloud in a classroom.
Mary
This is a cute book. It was hard for me to get into at first. At the end, i liked it better. The story line was not unique. I am not really a huge fan of this book.
Meghan Nels
This is a nice beginning chapter book for boys. I enjoyed the lack of bathroom humor and found it funny. 1st and 2nd grade boys may enjoy this book.
Mandy Robek
Jasper John Dooley puts some interesting twists on star Student of the Week. He has a few small problems and is creative to overcome them.
Kirsten
This book is brilliant. Jasper John is a richly developed, quirky character. Kids and parents alike will love this book.
Wendy Garland
Jasper is Star of the Week at school, but his friend and neighbor has big news of his own that overshadows Jasper's excitement.
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Jo
Weird in a fun sort of way. Easy reading and easy for kids and grown ups to relate to.
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Caroline Adderson grew up in Alberta. After traveling around Canada, she moved to B.C. to go to university and has mostly lived there ever since. She started writing seriously after university, eventually going on to write two internationally published novels (A History of Forgetting and Sitting Practice) and two collections of short stories for adults (Bad Imaginings and Pleased To Meet You). Whe ...more
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