Sunday, April 10, 2016

Jasper John Dooley: Public Library Enemy #1, by Caroline Adderson, illustrated by Mike Shiell

Jasper John Dooley really does try to stay out of trouble.  But sometimes his efforts only make it worse.  In his latest series of mishaps, Jasper John Dooley: Public Library Enemy #1, Jasper and an accomplice--his father--murder a library book.  They didn't start out with murder in mind, but sometimes things spin out of control.

This is Caroline Adderson's sixth Jasper John Dooley book, the second one illustrated by Mike Shiell.    Jasper is a fun and funny little boy.  I like Adderson's style, telling the story consistently from Jasper's perspective.  His little boy logic for taking care of the damaged book, his misunderstanding of the price on the book cover, his schemes to raise money to pay for the book, and his fear of the consequences are amusingly silly.

Jasper John Dooley may not be the brightest kid on the block, but he's funny and creative.  Readers will enjoy reading about his problems with his library book and will want to read about his prior mishaps as well.

Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!

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