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Joe and Sparky, Superstars!: Candlewick Sparks Hardcover – March 22, 2011

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Gr 1-2-Sparky the turtle is having a hard time. He wants to help his friend Joe the giraffe win the Talented Pairs contest hosted by television personality Grant Wish, but ever since he left the comfort and safety of his warm rock, he has failed at every activity he's tried. He can't learn comedy from a monkey or a Hokey Pokey dance routine from his best friend. Lessons in balancing are unsuccessful; practice ends with a tumble. Exhausted after trying to win a race against an ostrich, Sparky says, "I cannot be Sparky the Star. Just for you, Joe, I have tried. But we will never be a talented pair." Joe will not give up though. As they walk back to their home at the Safari Land cageless zoo, they discover a talent they share involving shadows. They may not end up on television, but when they perform, it's to an appreciative audience. Summer scenes rendered in watercolor and prismacolor pencil appear on every page of this easy reader. Each of the four short chapters is episodic and contains humorous dialogue. The font is large and at times changes in appearance to reflect emotion and sound. Michalak and Remkiewicz have written another enjoyable book about two friends who bring out the best in each other.-Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Being in on a joke is a treat for young readers, and this little treasure is one that will get passed around.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 270L (What's this?)
  • Series: Joe and Sparky
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780763645786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763645786
  • ASIN: 0763645788
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,634,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joe the giraffe and Sparky the turtle are best friends living at the zoo, but they couldn't be more different. Joe loves to run and take chances and Sparky is often bellowing, "Safety first!", and waxing on about the need for helmets. One day, on a walk around their cageless zoo, Joe and Sparky spy tiny people through the office window running a talent show. The little people are requesting the next talented pair to come in and audition to be part of the show. What Joe and Sparky are really seeing is a television show broadcasting a reality talent program. Joe insists they try out as pair! They must have talents to share! While Joe thinks he has talent to spare, Sparky is sure he hasn't a talented bone in his turtle body. After a few failed but humorous attempts to locate a talent for Sparky, the pair figures it out. But when they go back to the window to find the little people, they are gone! (TV is turned off) Will their talents go to waste?

Kids will enjoy the humor in this story of two supportive friends. Despite their differences, Joe and Sparky go outside their comfort zones to help each other. This is a very solid addition to the Learn to Read genre.
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7 y/o loves these chapter books. She likes that the pictures are in color - something rare among chapter books we have found. Wish there were more titles with these characters.
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The Joe and Sparky series are just wonderful books for young children. My just-turned 6 year old absolutely loves all 3 of them. Wish there were more!! :)
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Bought this for my 5yr old and he loves reading this (and other Joe and Sparky books).
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My second grade struggling readers enjoy this series a great deal.
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