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Joe and Sparky, Superstars!
ISBN: 9780763645786
Author: Michalak, Jamie/ Remkiewicz, Frank (ILT)
Publisher: Candlewick Pr
Published: March 2011
Retail: $15.99    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Library Binding
Annotation: When Joe the giraffe and his friend Sparky, a turtle, see a television talent show, Joe tries to find Sparky's talent so that they can compete.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Readers
Library of Congress Subjects:
Ability; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
Giraffe; Fiction.
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2009006425
Lexile Measure: 270
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Series: Joe and Sparky
Book type: Easy Fiction
Target Grade: 1-2
Grade level: 1-2
Physical Information: 0.50" H x 50.00" L x 6.00" W
Bargain Category: Animals, Chapter Books, Early Elementary, Growing Up
Grade level(s): 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Jamie Michalak is the author of Joe and Sparky Get New Wheels and the Brand New Readers book Larry and Rita. She says, "Turtles rarely get the spotlight, so I wanted to write a story that gave Sparky the attention turtles have long deserved. Little did I know that he’d have such an astounding hidden talent." Jamie Michalak lives in Barrington, Rhode Island.

Frank Remkiewicz has illustrated many books for children, including Joe and Sparky Get New Wheels and Piggy and Dad Go Fishing. He lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall)
After catching a glimpse of a reality TV performance contest, giraffe Joe decides that he and turtle pal Sparky will become "Superstars." Unfortunately finding their shared special talent isn't so easy for the pair. Though the story can be hard to follow, the lively text and humorous art, showing the creatures trying their best for greatness, will attract readers. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 February)

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

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