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If your mom had said "no to a pet bird, no to a bunny, and no, no, no to a trained seal", and then stipulated that you could get a pet if it didn't need to be walked, bathed, or fed, what would you get?

Sparky, that's what you would get. Spakry isn't just the sweetest illustrated sloth that ever was, he is a symbol of ingenuity, of careful research, and most of all, perseverance.

The way Sparky's owner is so happy to simply have a pet will melt your heart, but  Author Jenny Offill doesn't let it get sappy. The story is as real as it can be. Leaving pretense to the wayside, and instead filling the space with pure, unaffected joy.


Ages 3+