Sparky the Fire Dog (Hardcover)

By Don Hoffman, Todd Dakins (Illustrator)

Imagine Publishing, 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

Don Hoffman is an Emmy Award-winning children's book author and a Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) fellow. His previous books include BILLY IS A BIG BOY and A VERY SPECIAL SNOWFLAKE. Hoffman's other credits include television reporter, and director of communication and public affairs in Milwaukee, WI, for one of the nation's largest urban school districts. He makes his home in New York City, and enjoys presenting exciting, interactive, informative, and whimsical presentations to children in schools, bookstores, and libraries. Visit him at