Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Jasper Dooley, You're in Trouble - a bookwrap

I never want to go to bed.
I like to stay up late.

I'm bouncing off the bedroom walls

and, frankly, feeling great!

I'm dancing like a maniac

instead of counting sheep.

My mom says, "Time for bed."

My dad yells, "Get your butt to sleep!"

I'm not sure what my bottom

has to do with anything,

but that's okay because I'd rather

jump around and sing.

I don't know what it was
that made me feel so wide awake.
Could it have been the Red Bull
and the double-chocolate cake?

I wonder if the seven cups

of coffee plus dessert

of Hershey bars and Skittles

are what left me this alert?

Whatever it turns out to be

that made me feel this right,

I hope I track it down

so I can stay every... ZZZzzzzz

--Kenn Nesbitt

Unwrapping ...

Author:  Caroline Adderson
Illustrator:  Ben Clanton
Ages: 5-8

Inside the box...

Jasper just finished soccer practice and is in dire need of a thirst-quenching drink.  His dad gives him some money and he's off to the vending machine to choose a frosty one and cool down.  He accidentally pushes the wrong button and a fizzy, syrupy drink rolls out, and to Jasper's horror (and delight) he recognizes that is a Bad drink, not the familiar apple juice that he had expected to appear.

He makes a split-second decision to rip open the tab and guzzle some quick because he knows in his heart he should not be partaking of this evil in a can.  And yep, he is right....evil it proves to be.  This energy drink is like drinking ten cups of coffee ... so boy, oh boy, Jasper is ready to go... go ... go.

He takes the drink home and hides it in the back of the fridge so it will not be discovered.  He is tempted to sneak a drink often and when he does it's like he grows horns and a tail and it makes him do bad things. Bursting with too much energy he cannot even calm down to sleep.  He crashes the next morning but finds himself back at the fridge for more.  

In soccer he changes the rules, in school he gets his best friend Ori into trouble and discovers by a very embarrassing incident that his underwear with the days of the week printed on them is for girls.  Poor Jasper, this drink is ruining his life.  The once quiet and sedate guy is turning into an energy-drinking terrorist!  Will he give it up? Can he give it up?  This fun and very kid-friendly book, in both story and visual form, will have your kids laughing and turning the pages to find out more.  The book is highly entertaining, a perfect read for kid's new to chapter books and ohhhh so fun to read aloud. Both reader and "readee" (I just made that word up!) will find this book delightful.  Highly recommended.  I loved it from the first page.

Author info:

Caroline Adderson is the author of four novels (A History of ForgettingSitting PracticeThe Sky Is FallingEllen in Pieces) and two collections of short stories (Bad Imaginings,Pleased To Meet You). Her work has received numerous prize nominations including the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, two Commonwealth Writers' Prizes, the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist, the Governor General's Literary Award and the Rogers' Trust Fiction Prize. Winner of two Ethel Wilson Fiction Prizes and three CBC Literary Awards, Caroline was also the recipient of the 2006 Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement.  She lives in Vancouver.

Illustrator please:

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." Vote for Me! is the first book he has both written and illustrated.

Read on and read always!  No Bad drinks today please.

It's a wrap! 

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