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Title:
Joe and Sparky go to school
Author:
Michalak, Jamie.
Personal Author:
Edition:
1st ed.
Publication Information:
Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2013.
Physical Description:
41 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Summary:
The mismatched pals accidentally latch onto a big yellow bus and leave the cageless zoo for their first trip to school.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.1 0.5 159046.
ISBN:
9780763662783

9780763671815
Format :
Book

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Summary

The endearing and mismatched pals accidentally latch onto a big yellow bus and leave the cageless zoo for their first trip to school.

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.


Author Notes

Jamie Michalak is the author of the acclaimed Joe and Sparky series. She lives in Barrington, Rhode Island.

Frank Remkiewicz has illustrated many books for children, including three books about Joe and Sparky. He lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

When a group of "noisy short people" (aka schoolchildren) arrives at Safari World, Sparky the turtle and Joe the giraffe take an immediate interest. With Sparky riding on Joe's head, they peer through the window of the kids' school bus-and inadvertently get taken on a field trip of their own. In the third chapter book to star this unlikely duo, Michalak will have readers giggling over the silly exchanges and comedic misunderstandings that follow as Sparky and Joe attempt to fit in at school. Their discovery of a toilet makes for an especially amusing sequence, as they watch it mysteriously refill: "Do you know what we have learned, Sparky?" asks Joe. "That schools have a magic pond." The vibrant watercolor and colored pencil cartoons and well-targeted humor (the children know that Sparky and Joe are animals, but their nearsighted teacher, Miss Hootie, believes they are students) will entertain growing readers. A final image hints that Sparky and Joe's next adventure might be just on the horizon. Ages 5-7. Illustrator's agent: Kendra Marcus, BookStop Literary. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-This beginning chapter book is a lot of fun. Joe Giraffe and Sparky, a turtle, live in Safari Land, "the famous cageless zoo." In four chapters they see a school bus and climb on to satisfy their curiosity; end up at school with the "noisy short people"; try to blend in but the "magic pond" (the toilet) provides some silliness; and Joe attempts to get a star for good work since Sparky has earned several. The animals experience the ups and downs of friendship. The students seem totally unaware that these newcomers are animals, and the teacher is equally accepting. She does step on her glasses and that limits her vision but, nevertheless, Joe and Sparky's visit seems as normal as could be. The cartoon illustrations in watercolor and Prismacolor pencils are full of action and humor. This is an engaging choice for students who are beyond the easy-to-reads and not quite ready for longer chapter books. The humor is mild but entertaining and the readability is just right.-Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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