Sparky! by Jenny Offill (Schwartz & Wade, 2014; 40 pages)
“You can have any pet you want as long as it doesn’t need to be walked or bathed or fed.” Our heroine’s mom probably regrets telling this to her daughter, but it’s too late now. The minute she says it the girl heads straight to the library (where else?) and there she learns about sloths. In no time at all, one appears via Express Mail and she names him Sparky (thereby giving away the fact that she harbors impossible sloth-related dreams). Her know-it-all neighbor Mary Potts is not impressed, so our heroine determines to show off her pet in a “Trained Sloth Extravaganza.” Naturally, this does not go as planned, but even after everyone has left and it’s just her and Sparky, she can’t help but love the little guy -- and neither could I. Sparky! is hilarious, touching, and irresistible.
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