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"Turtle Sparky enjoys the safety of his shell while giraffe Joe is up for any adventure. . . . Utterly charming."—KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review)

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...

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Overview

"Turtle Sparky enjoys the safety of his shell while giraffe Joe is up for any adventure. . . . Utterly charming."—KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review)

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
Zany antics prevail in this tale of an introverted turtle named Sparky and his extroverted giraffe pal Joe. The animals live in a cageless zoo. Their adventure begins when Sparky decides to take a car that he mistakenly believes he won in a raffle. Joe convinces the unsure Sparky to set off with him to see the world. With Joe behind the wheel, they bash through a zoo gate and go to the mall. There, they try on clothes. Joe wins their selections, for being the shopping center's one-millionth customer. The decked-out duo proceeds to the "Tasty Burger" and orders lunch (complete with lots of bugs), heads by the theme park, and goes through the carwash. After their wonderful outing, they head home ready to take in some of the simple pleasures they usually enjoy. This four-chapter book offers likeable characters and text written for early readers. It is sure to keep readers laughing. The ending indicates that Joe and Sparky may have more adventures to come. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
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Gr 1-3

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

Kirkus Reviews
Joe and Sparky are unlikely buddies-turtle Sparky enjoys the safety of his shell while giraffe Joe is up for any adventure. Joe, convinced that he has won a contest, decides to take the prize, a bright yellow sports car, for a spin. Sparky is not so sure about this, but agrees to the road trip only if it is a very slow and short one. Four chapters tell the story of these two pals out for an adventure at the mall, at a drive-in burger joint and back home at Safari Land, where they appreciate their pond, the warm rock, the watering hole and even Wiggy, Joe's pet worm. New readers ready for the challenge of more words per page will appreciate the humor of the story and illustrations. Children familiar with the Froggy books will recognize Remkiewicz's distinctively funny style and will laugh out loud at the innocent assumptions Joe (who sports a Carmen Miranda-like fruit hat) and Sparky make as they explore the world outside Sparky's shell. Utterly charming. (Early reader. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763648930
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 8/10/2010
  • Series: Candlewick Sparks Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 330L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.16 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.15 (d)

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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  • Posted July 11, 2009

    A Must for Kids (and parents too)!!!!!!!!

    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!

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