Joe and Sparky Get New Wheelsby Jamie Michalak, Frank Remkiewicz
Sparky is a turtle who likes to stay inside his shell. Joe is a giraffe who likes to stretch his neck and see the world. When a car appears one day at the famous cageless zoo where they live, the two set off on the/b>
An adventurous giraffe drives off with his friend, a cautious turtle, to see the world in an endearing comedy of errors perfect for early readers.
Sparky is a turtle who likes to stay inside his shell. Joe is a giraffe who likes to stretch his neck and see the world. When a car appears one day at the famous cageless zoo where they live, the two set off on the ride of their lives, with Joe behind the wheel and Sparky hanging on for dear life. From the shopping mall to the car wash to the take-out burger joint, Joe and Sparky cause mayhem everywhere they go. Young readers will love sharing the road with this unlikely pair in a string of adventures that are by turns innocent, charming, and laugh-out-loud funny.
In this silly, action-packed tale for fluent early readers, Joe the giraffe believes that he has won a car in a contest he entered. He invites his friend Sparky the turtle to go for a ride. They stop at the "Tall Mall" and select clothing and accessories. The cashless Joe just happens to be the "one-millionth customer" and wins free purchases. They next go to the drive-in "Tasty Burger" and order leaves and bugs. When a roller-skating waitress delivers a bag of food to the car next to them, Sparky grabs it, saying "Thank you for feeding the animals!" before Joe speeds off. After an exciting day, the car sputters to a stop just inside the zoo, and Joe carries Sparky on his head, back to his pond. Remkiewicz's lively watercolor and Prismacolor pencil illustrations extend the action and jokes. Joe's concern and care for Sparky are a contrast to his improbable activities. Fans of Tedd Arnold's "Fly Guy" series (Scholastic) and those who are ready to tackle longer books may enjoy this adventure.-Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI
Meet the Author
Jamie Michalak is a children’s book editor and writer. She lives in Barrington, Rhode Island, with her husband and two sons. She does not have super driving skills.
Frank Remkiewicz has illustrated many books for children, including the PIGGY AND DAD Brand New Readers and PIGGY AND DAD GO FISHING. He lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida.
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This is a charming, whimsical story that children will love! It is well written, creative and enjoyable for kids and their parents as well! We can't wait to find out what Joe and Sparky's next adventures will be!