Joe and Sparky, Superstars!
by Jamie Michalak
Candlewick Press, 2011. 37 pages. Easy Reader.
Reminiscent of the great Frog and Toad series, this book is laugh out loud fun! Joe, a giraffe, and Sparky, a turtle, are unlikely friends. They happen to watch a TV show called "What a Pair", and Joe takes it very seriously when the host invites them to "...join us next time as we look for more talented pairs!" Sparky just likes to sit on his warm rock all day, but Joe is determined to find him a talent so that they can be on the show. Sparky tries to learn the Hokey Pokey, how to tell a joke, and a few other things he just doesn't seem to be cut out for. He finally decides that he will never be Sparky the Star. Just as he gives up, Joe figures out Sparky's talent and declares him not just a star, but a superstar! The illustrations are lively and comical; Joe and Sparky's personalities really shine through. This is actually the second book in the Joe and Sparky series; both are great entertainment for either reading aloud or for independent readers.