Andy Shane and the Very Bossy Dolores Starbuckle


With insight and humor, Jennifer Richard Jacobson explores a common childhood anxiety and finds a quiet way to boost self-esteem, aided by Abby Carter's expressive illustrations.

Andy Shane did not want to be in school. He did not want to be at morning meeting. He did not want to sit up straight on the rug.

Andy Shane would much rather be home catching bugs with Granny Webb than sitting in class with the likes of know-it-all Dolores Starbuckle....

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With insight and humor, Jennifer Richard Jacobson explores a common childhood anxiety and finds a quiet way to boost self-esteem, aided by Abby Carter's expressive illustrations.

Andy Shane did not want to be in school. He did not want to be at morning meeting. He did not want to sit up straight on the rug.

Andy Shane would much rather be home catching bugs with Granny Webb than sitting in class with the likes of know-it-all Dolores Starbuckle. Any minute, Dolores is likely to shout out, 'Ms. Janice, someone's not sitting properly!" or "Ms. Janice, someone's misusing the math materials!" (meaning him, of course). At rhyme time, the words bug and rug get stuck in Andy's throat while Dolores yells out of turn, "Hullabaloo and Kalamazoo!"

"I hate school," he blurts out at the end of the day to Granny Webb, who is sympathetic but firm. But when Granny makes a surprise visit to school with a monarch caterpillar, everyone is mesmerized and Andy remembers how much he knows about insects himself. Even Dolores Starbuckle can't help but be impressed!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Andy Shane does not like school. It is not that the work is too hard, or that the teacher is mean, or that the subjects are boring. It is all because of mean, bossy Dolores Starbuckle. She acts like she knows everything and tells on everyone. She drives Andy crazy; he would rather stay home with Granny Web than have to face this particular classmate. This is a story that kids can relate to—in almost every class there is a Dolores. Even though the moral is to be true to yourself, Jacobson never lets the plot seem old. The story is still fresh and relevant to kids. The fact that Andy is being raised not by a mom and dad, but by his grandmother represents a growing portion of the population. Kids who are in a similar situation will appreciate seeing a character like them. All in all, this is a book everyone will love. 2005, Candlewick Press, Ages 6 to 8.
—Heather Robertson
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Andy Shane does not want to go to school and it's easy to understand why. Every time he tries to participate in a classroom activity, Dolores Starbuckle raises her hand to tattle on him, correct him, or otherwise steal his thunder. Luckily, Andy's Granny Webb (a wise lady who knows the scientific names for bugs) puts an end to the bullying with a surprise visit to school. This story offers a refreshing perspective on a common childhood issue. Rather than fighting Andy's battle for him, Granny simply models assertive behavior as she interacts with Dolores. The perceptive boy mimics her actions, finally standing up to his nemesis with strength and dignity. The characters are complex and realistic for the most part, though their silliness is a bit exaggerated at times. The narrative voice is fresh and whimsical as when an impatient Dolores waves "her arms like a willow in a windstorm." The pen-and-ink illustrations effectively depict Andy's frustration, Dolores's temper, and Granny's zany self-assuredness. Andy Shane is a welcome addition to the pantheon of compelling chapter-book protagonists. Children who feel upstaged by the Junie B.s of the world will be grateful to make his acquaintance.-Rachael Vilmar, Atlanta Fulton Public Library, GA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Andy Shane doesn't want to be at school. He doesn't want to sit straight at the rug or share at morning meeting. How much more fun would it be to be home with Granny Webb where they could catch and name various bugs-using Latin, no less. It's bad enough that Andy Shane has to be in school, but spending his day with a show-off tattletale like Dolores Starbuckle makes his day seem endless. As the self-appointed assistant teacher, she is a little spy among kindergartners, pointing out the slouchy sitter, math materials messer-upper and anyone who visits a learning center on the wrong day. But Granny Webb is not having any of Andy's school ennui; her patented Granny Webb Stare moves him right onto the bus and into school. However, Granny Webb would never abandon her little boy. A surprise school visit teaches Andy something about sticking up for himself and using every resource-even the Stare-to solve a problem. Open, humorous sketches are just the right touch for this hilarious, pitch-perfect school story. Readers will want to follow Andy all the way through school. (Fiction. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763630447
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 7/11/2006
  • Series: Andy Shane Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 170,563
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Richard Jacobson is the author of WINNIE DANCING ON HER OWN and TRULY WINNIE, illustrated by Alissa Imre Geis; MOON SANDWICH MOON, illustrated by Benrei Huang; and A NET OF STARS, illustrated by Greg Shed. "There is a little bit of Andy Shane in me," she says. "I remember what it was like to be bullied in school. But I also remember tattling, so I guess I have a bit of Dolores Starbuckle in me, too."

Abby Carter has illustrated numerous books for children, including MY HIPPIE GRANDMOTHER by Reeve Lindbergh. She is also the creator of the Fresh Samantha juice character and all her colorful friends."From the moment I read the manuscript for this book, I couldn't wait to illustrate the bossy Dolores Starbuckle!"

From the Hardcover edition.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 I Hate School 1
Chapter 2 Being Stubborn 15
Chapter 3 Granny's Surprise 25
Chapter 4 Beware the Stare 41
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