Early Readers – Joe and Sparky Get New Wheels

Joe the giraffe is pleased to discover that he won the grand prize in a send-away contest. A car! He and Sparky, a turtle who also lives at the Safari Zoo, take off on an adventure. Sparky is constantly worried, while Joe is reckless. They zoom around doing zany things before returning to the zoo.

This is an early reader designed for more accomplished beginning readers. Six or seven sentences are on most pages, with some pages completely filled with text with a full-page illustration opposite. No contractions are used, but there is a lot of dialogue.

The illustrations, done in watercolor and prismacolor pencil, are well-done, and very cute. The illustrations sometimes reflect the text and sometimes expand upon it. For instance, with the text explaining that the animals “took a bath”, the illustration depicts them driving through the car wash.

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