Joe and Sparky Go to School (Hardcover)
Candlewick Press (MA), 9780763662783, 48pp.
Publication Date: June 11, 2013
Sparky the turtle may be cautious, but when the strange vehicle full of noisy short people pulls away from Safari World, he finds himself stuck on the bus's roof just the same. Luckily his giraffe friend, Joe, is adventurous enough to take a running jump, too When they arrive at school, they discover that there's a lot to learn, like the fact that the restroom is full of little magic "ponds," that you re supposed to count the peas, not eat them, and that the goal of the day seems to be to get a star. But just when Joe fears that he may have to go home starless, Sparky reminds him of all the ways that his loyal friend already shines. Readers will roll over laughing and find lots to relate to in this hilarious new adventure.
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Praise For Joe and Sparky Go to School…
Written in four accessible chapters, this book is perfect for the newly independent reader and makes a fine bridge from Amelia Bedelia to Ramona. Limited but lively vocabulary, a large font, and carefully placed illustrations—all in a humorous, high-interest package—will make this a hit.
—The Horn Book (starred review)