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Picture Book Saturday: Sparky! by Jenny Offill

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.






I have to admit that this book caught my eye on the 2016-17 Sunshine State Reader list because it featured a sloth. See, my teenage son has a lot in common with Sparky. In fact, sloths are his spirit animal. It only made sense that I would pick up Sparky! from the library. 

As we read, I found myself smiling at all of Sparky's lackluster tricks. I couldn't help but thinking of the saying that goes something like "there is more to …