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I'm obsessed with this book. It's picture books at their best, with sly humor, gorgeous illustrations and a story we can all relate to. Plus, it's full of practical advice about what to do with your pet sloth!— Maggie, Books Inc. Children's Department Director
The ingenious author of "17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore" and a brilliant illustrator and production designer of the "Coraline" movie have created a hilarious, touching picture book perfect for young animal lovers. Like the Caldecott Medal-winning "Officer Buckle and Gloria, Sparky" stars a pet who has more to offer than meets the eye. When our narrator orders a sloth through the mail, the creature that arrives isn't good at tricks or hide-and-seek . . . or much of anything. Still, there's something about Sparky that is irresistible.
Winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award.
About the Author
Jenny Offill is the author of "17 Things I m Not Allowed to Do Anymore, " a "Parenting" Magazine Best Book of the Year and a Bank Street College of Education Best Children s Book of the Year, and "11 Experiments That Failed, " also a Bank Street College of Education Best Children s Book of the Year, which "Kirkus Reviews, " in a starred review, called the most joyful and clever whimsy. Learn more at jennyoffill.com.
Chris Appelhans was selected as the Children s Choice Illustrator of the Year at the Children s Choice Book Awards for"Sparky!, "his first picture book. The book received two starred reviews, including one from"Booklist"declaring, Appelhans is a revelation. Chris has also worked on several films, as an illustrator and a production designer for"Coraline, "an environment designer for"Fantastic Mr. Fox, "and a visual development artist for"The Princess and the Frog.""