Jenny Offill

Chris Appelhans
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Orion Children's Books


A little girl wants a pet. She's not fussy, any will do. Her mother said no to a bird and bunny and trained seal. Then she agrees to the sloth, Sparky!

Sloths don't know how to fetch. Or roll over. But they sure know how to play dead.

What's an eager pet owner to do?

In the media
The joy of this charming, funny, quirky book is that Sparky is totally loveable; we don't have to measure what is precious to us by other people's standards

Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times

Quirky, funny, and just a little bit thought provoking...this is an utterly charming read

The Bookbag The Bookbag

Sparky is a heartwarming and funny tale, beautifully illustrated by Chris Appelhans. Full of charm and humour, it's the perfect book that will have readers of all ages laughing along.

Alison Potter Junior Magazine

A sloth-tale full of low-key wit and mischief

Imogen Russell Williams Imogen Russell Williams