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

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  163 Ratings  ·  49 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
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Vishal Mehta
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I like Jasper ... I like him a lot!
Patricia Bandre
Apr 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ncbla
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
Lana Jackson
Jasper John Dooley is a creative and fun-loving character. In "Star of the Week" Jasper gets to be the star of his class for an entire week, i.e. the only student to present Show and Tell, a science project, his talent, and his family tree. (Jasper calls it his family stick.)

Cute story with delightful line drawings by Ben Clanton.
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most charming early chapter books we have read in a long time. My first grader thinks it is spot on too. Funny and touching, Jasper is hysterical and quirky and a nice sweet boy. So refreshing to see an off beat character that is so true.
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Many laugh out loud moments for parents and kids alike. Unfortunately this book got my kid obsessed with belly button lint :0
Smaran Mehta
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book and want to read the next book in the series!
Maureen Lubitz
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on You Must Have Your Hands Full

I first became acquainted with Jasper John Dooley when I read an ARC of his most recent adventure, Lost and Found. I’ll be posting my review of that book after it is released on September 1st. My girls and I enjoyed reading Jasper’s story so much that we looked for some more of his books for the library.

Jasper John Dooley: Star of the Week is a children’s book written by Caroline Adderson and illustrated by Ben Clanton. This is a chapter book, b
Katie Fitzgerald
Jasper John Dooley has been waiting all year to be star of the week in his classroom, and now finally it’s his turn! This week, his schedule will be very full - Show and Tell on Monday, Family Tree on Tuesday, Science Experiment on Wednesday, Talent on Thursday, and a special snack and compliments from his classmates on Friday. As the week begins, however, Jasper realizes that being star of the week is harder than it looks. No one understands his show and tell (a collection of lint), his family ...more
Apr 14, 2012 rated it liked it
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
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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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Aug 03, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Ann Haefele
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Keeping in mind that I am screening books for a newly home adopted child who has probably experienced a history of loss and abandonment... this book isn't going to make the cut. Dad tells Jasper that big families often forget the names of their children and accidentally leave some behind when moving. Also, when Mom and Jasper discuss the neighbor's new baby, they decide that they will borrow her until she cries and has a dirty diaper. Then they will send her back. That's not going to fly well wi ...more
Cynthia Heinrichs
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
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.
Sara Truog
Jun 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile
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!)...
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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!).
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.
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, mglit, 2015
A sweet story about a boy who's excited to be the Star of the Week at School. He can't wait to show off his lint collection! But things don't go exactly as planned. A sleep-deprived best friend and a make-believe sibling are just some things to expect in this funny early chapter book that's wholesome but still interesting.
Sep 04, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Franki Sibberson
Good new series for 3rd. Fun character.
Apr 19, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2013-new
Wendy Garland
Jun 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Jasper is Star of the Week at school, but his friend and neighbor has big news of his own that overshadows Jasper's excitement.
Karen Arendt
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Jasper is fun and quirky. His antics are spot on for a young boy in elementary school. This would make a great read aloud.
Carol Moore Kollar
Jan 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: gr-2-4
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.
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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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