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.""