Sparky the Fire Dog

Sparky the Fire Dog

By Don Hoffman; Todd Dakins (Illustrator)

Imagine Publishing, Hardcover, 9781936140626, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2011


Meet Sparky. This adorable Dalmatian puppy is an important member of the team at the fire station. But he's more than just a cute character in a book: Sparky is the official spokesdog for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and what he has to say can actually save lives. This canine hero rescued a little girl and her family, and now he's helping kids become junior fire inspectors right in their own homes. In colorful, appealing illustrations, Sparky takes a group of young animals through the neighborhood, pointing out hazards, giving basic fire prevention and safety tips, and showing them how to be prepared in case of an emergency. From having a working smoke alarm to being careful with candles and knowing where your exits are, Sparky's advice may be the most important thing children--and their parents--ever learn.

About the Author
Hoffman is an award-winning education and arts and entertainment television reporter for CBS affiliate CBS 58 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the artistic director of Merry-Go-Round Children's Theatre.

Todd Dakins is a highly acclaimed and sought-after artist. His sweet, huggable illustrations fill the pages of all of Don Hoffman's books, from Billy is a Big Boy and Abigail is a Big Girl to the bestseller, A Very Special Snowflake. He has also been a featured illustrator for Milwaukee Magazine. A father of four, Todd and his wife Susan, live with their family in Brookfield, Wisconsin.