by admin

March 18, 2011

Joe and Sparky Get New Wheels
Every once in awhile I’ll review a picture book just to change things up on the blog. Although I don’t have children, I do enjoy checking out picture books when I see one that looks fun…they’re entertaining for all ages!



Joe and Sparky Get New Wheels
Written by Jamie Michalak
Illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
Grades Pre-K – 3Introverted turtle Sparky and adventureous giraffe Joe are best friends despite their differences. When Joe spies a car he’s certain he won in a contest, he convinces Sparky to come out of his shell and depart on an adventure like nothing Safari Land has ever seen before.  The pair learn how to shop ‘til they drop, the difference between fries and flies, and the joys of wearing a fruit be-decked hat.

The characterizations of fun-loving Joe and safety-conscious Sparky are consistent throughout, and the illustrations perfectly capture the humor of the text. Joe and Sparky Get New Wheels is a charming story that will have children begging for re-reads. Parents will appreciate the sentiment that while there’s no place like home, it’s a good idea to stick your neck out for adventure every once in a while. Safety first, of course.

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