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.
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.?
... a work of genius ... it has a playful sparkle that makes it truly exceptional.
—The Toronto Star
This well-written, funny, and engaging story is a promising start to a new chapter-book series ...
This first title in a transitional chapter book series introduces an enthusiastic boy full of creativity and everyday concerns.
—School Library Journal
Readers will identify with many of Jasper's comical, age-appropriate issues as he navigates the sometimes confusing complications of early primary school.