Jenny Offill (Author) , Chris Appelhans (Illustrator)
Schwartz & Wade, March 11, 2014
KIWI Magazine Review:
A pet sloth? Sign me up. Well, maybe. I mean, sloths don’t really do anything so it is special kind of kid who can be a good friend to a sloth. Adorable illustrations accompany this quirky, cute story.
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.