Friday, August 9, 2013
Book Review - Joe and Sparky Go to School
About the Book
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.
My Take on the Book
Once you read this book , you will hope you can locate more books about Joe and Sparky. Jamie Michalak wrote a funny story in four short chapters that you and your child will thoroughly enjoy. If you are a classroom teacher, your students will be captivated about these two animal friends.
Joe and Sparky's adventure takes them to school. Joe is determined to earn a star but when he cannot, his friend Sparky helps his friend feel important. Isn't that what friends are for? I see this story as a nice springboard in assisting your child see how they can make their friends feel good about themselves.
This story will make you smile and laugh. You will find yourself cheering for Joe and Sparky during their day at school. Enjoy!
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