Public Library Enemy #1

illus. by Mike Shiell. 124p. (Jasper John Dooley). Kids Can. Apr. 2016. Tr $15.95. ISBN 9781771380157.
Gr 2–4—Jasper desperately wants to read to the dog at the public library; he's certain he can find a book that will make her stop frowning. When a series of disasters strike and his library book is destroyed, Jasper must find a way to pay for the book or else he'll never get his chance. Expressive black-and-white illustrations are sprinkled throughout the story. This installment will have kids laughing out loud as they're learning how to treat library books responsibly.
Jasper wants to find a book to make Molly, the dog in the library's new reading program, stop "frowning her head off." But the book he borrows to practice with falls into the tub and is ultimately ruined (hint: the oven is involved). Well-meaning Jasper's authentic guilt is rendered empathetically--and humorously--by Adderson; tidy halftone illustrations further endear him to readers.

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