Star Jumper: Journal of a Cardboard Genius

Star Jumper: Journal of a Cardboard Genius

by Frank Asch
     
 

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Self-proclaimed genius inventor Alex is convinced that his little brother Jonathan is evil. The kid never shuts up. He's a klutz, and he drools on his pillow when he sleeps. Jonathan's specialty, though, is sticking to Alex like glue —- and sticking his nose into his big brother's business.

That's why Alex has to leave Earth and fly so far away that

Overview

Self-proclaimed genius inventor Alex is convinced that his little brother Jonathan is evil. The kid never shuts up. He's a klutz, and he drools on his pillow when he sleeps. Jonathan's specialty, though, is sticking to Alex like glue —- and sticking his nose into his big brother's business.

That's why Alex has to leave Earth and fly so far away that no one will ever be able to find him. Using cardboard, duct tape, old odds and ends and his amazing scientific imagination, Alex builds Star Jumper, a spaceship that will deliver him from his rotten little brother forever! It's a plan only a cardboard genius could ever hope to pull off. But Jonathan has other ideas —- and a secret that ultimately brings forth Alex's most brilliant creation ever!

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
Readers who like to tinker and dream will be the best audience for this tongue-in-cheek tale, in which the lines between imagination and reality are intriguingly blurred.
Library Media Connection
This fun book will take the reader on an adventure through the possibilities of the imagination ?
From the Publisher
Readers who like to tinker and dream will be the best audience for this tongue-in-cheek tale, in which the lines between imagination and reality are intriguingly blurred.

[L]ively and realistic, bouncing between mock scientific jargon and exasperated brother-speak ? a good choice for young science-fiction fans.

Play and reality merge

This fun book will take the reader on an adventure through the possibilities of the imagination ?

Children's Literature
How does a boy rid himself of an annoying little brother? When Alex asks himself this question, he becomes a first-rate inventor, creating The Star Jumper to escape from his brother Jonathan. Alex also creates a fabulous duplicator that allows him to duplicate anything in his room--and his house. But when Jonathan invades Alex's room and interrupts the launch of The Star Jumper, a tussle ensues involving duplicated Jonathans and the messiest pillow fight ever. In the struggle to regain control, Alex learns about teamwork, and discovers it might not be so bad to have a little brother on his side after all. This is an entertaining book written for anyone who has ever been involved in sibling rivalry or wanted to be rid of a family member, just for a few hours. If the reader is willing to suspend reality for the sake of a good story, what follows is a rousing adventure of imagination and genius. 2006, Kids Can Press, Ages 8 to 12.
—Caitlyn Payne
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Self-styled genius Alex has had it with his little brother. Jonathan is always hanging around-asking weird questions, messing with Alex's stuff, and generally being a pest. Mom says it's all just normal sibling rivalry, but Alex decides there is only one thing to do-leave Earth-and Jonathan-forever. Using his astounding scientific ability-plus lots of grocery boxes, duct tape, and assorted bits of junk, Alex designs the Star Jumper. This advanced cardboard spacecraft will take him across the galaxy to a brother-free planet-if only he can keep the first grader out of the way until liftoff. The first-person narration is lively and realistic, bouncing between mock scientific jargon and exasperated brother-speak. The short text is illustrated with sketches from Alex's invention notebook, including carefully labeled diagrams of the ship and its high-tech, recycling-bin gadgetry. More gently tongue-in-cheek than Dan Greenburg's irreverent "Zack Files" (Grosset & Dunlap), this early chapter book is a good choice for younger science-fiction fans.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781553378877
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
03/01/2006
Series:
Journals of a Cardboard Genius Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
497,291
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 7.37(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile:
640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Frank Asch is the author and illustrator of more than 70 books for children. His picture books with Kids Can Press include Ziggy Piggy and the Three Little Pigs and Mr. Maxwell's Mouse (illustrated by his son, Devin Asch). Frank lives in Middletown Springs, Vermont.

Frank Asch is the author and illustrator of more than 70 books for children. His picture books with Kids Can Press include Ziggy Piggy and the Three Little Pigs and Mr. Maxwell's Mouse (illustrated by his son, Devin Asch). Frank lives in Middletown Springs, Vermont.

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