Chapter Book Review: Jasper John Dooley, Left Behind by Caroline Adderson and Ben Clanton (Illustrations)


Jasper John Dooley, Left Behind by Caroline Adderson and Ben Clanton (Illustrations)

Jasper John Dooley’s beloved Nan is leaving on a cruise for a whole week! He feels so pththth. All he can think about is Nan missing out on their Wednesday card game, and whether it’s raining where she is, too, and if she will ever come back. But each day something happens, from a stapling mishap to a hamster escape, and Jasper realizes that waiting for someone to return from an adventure takes forever ? unless you’re having an adventure, too. Jasper John Dooley: Left Behind is the second 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.

Age Range: 7 – 10 years
Hardcover: 132 pages
Publisher: Kids Can Press (March 1, 2013)
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Author:
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). When her son was five, she began writing seriously unserious books for young readers (Very Serious Children; I, Bruno;and Bruno For Real). Her contribution to the Single Voice series is her first really serious book for young readers and her first book for teens.

Caroline’s work has received numerous prize nominations including the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. A two-time Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and three-time CBC Literary Award winner, Caroline was also the recipient of the 2006 Marian Engel Award, given annually to an outstanding female writer in mid-career in recognition of her body of work. She also won the 2009 Diamond Willow Award—voted on by lots of nice kids in Saskatchewan—for her children’s novel Very Serious Children.

Caroline keeps writing for readers of all ages every day. She also does a little teaching at Simon Fraser University and hangs out with her husband, a filmmaker, their 10-year-old son, and their naughty dog, Mickey, a Jack Russell terrier who is very lucky to be cute or she would never get away with all she does. Caroline’s advice to young writers is to read, read, read and write, write, write, and never get a Jack Russell terrier.


About the Artist:
Ahoy there.

I’m Ben.  I’m a story-scribbler, picture-squiggler, book aficionado, child advocate, dragon tamer (someday) and avid sock wearer (especially of the striped variety).  I have spent most of my time on this planet reading, drawing, sleeping, gardening and eating chocolate.  I live on a nice hill in a rainy city with my wife, Kelsey (a photographer and designer!), a wild goldendoodle named Gigi, and our two kitties, Albus and Ginny (why yes, I do like Harry Potter!)

My Thoughts:

This book is so funny! I laughed out loud several times at Jasper’s antics. He has a unique way of viewing the world and I just love it.  The story itself doesn’t have much of a plot, but kids will enjoy Jasper’s daily adventures. He is very dramatic.

The illustrations are charming and fit perfectly with the humorous and upbeat feel of the book.  This is a great chapter book for kids that enjoy humor and a little wackiness.

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