Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Annoucning the Lucky Winners of JOE and SPARKY early readers

Dear Readers,

Thank you, each and everyone, who stopped by to leave a comment for the lovely and talented author, Jamie Michalak. Jamie has graciously donated two books, which she will personalize and mail to the winners. How cool is that?  

So, without further ado, Lucky Winner #1 is:  LORRIE ZIEMBA! Congratulations, Lorrie. Please e-mail me [claragillowclark (@) gmail (dot) com] with your mailing address, and your book will be on its way to you asap.

A Kirkus Best Children's Book of the Year
A Chicago Public Library Best Children's Book of the Year
A Junior Library Guild Selection

Joe and Sparky are unlikely buddiesturtle Sparky enjoys the safety of his shell while giraffe Joe is up for any adventure. Joe, convinced that he has won a contest, decides to take the prize, a bright yellow sports car, for a spin. . . . New readers ready for the challenge of more words per page will appreciate the humor of the story and illustrations. Children familiar with the Froggy books will recognize Remkiewiczs distinctively funny style and will laugh out loud at the innocent assumptions Joe (who sports a Carmen Mirandalike fruit hat) and Sparky make as they explore the world outside Sparkys shell. Utterly charming. Kirkus, starred review

Lucky Winner #2 is: Margo Dill. Congratulations, Margo. Please e-mail me [claragillowclark (@) gmail (dot) com] with your mailing address and your autographed book will be on its way asap!

   "This warm buddy story is just about perfect for new readers who are forging new friendships. Amusing color illustrations on each spread (usually involving sight gags with Sparky's little legs and shell), four short chapters filled with easy sight words and lots of action, plus enough complexity to make it a bit of a challenge, make this a good choice for readers who are ready for chapter books. They will enjoy watching this funny duo, especially when Joe's plans do not turn out as planned. Being in on a joke is a treat for young readers, and this little treasure is one that will get passed around. Like the Hokey Pokey, that's what it is all about." --Kirkus, starred review

Here's a fun book of Jamie's that we are delighted to share with you!

Jamie assisted the legendary Bigfoot hunter, Morgan Jackson Phd, with the writing of this valuable field guide, containing everything you need to know about the furry fugitive, including tips on trapping and releasing your specimen. 

I'm sure you all have a special child in your life who would love to track a BIGFOOT! Click on the link to learn more about this and other books by Jamie:

Once again, thank you, dear readers, for all those awesome comments! And thank you, Jamie, for sharing your books and writing wisdom with all of us! I'll be back on October 15th with a special guest author and some Halloween Treats!


  1. Yippee! I can't believe I won! Thanks so much, Jamie, for your inspiring post and for the book donation. I cannot wait to read Joe and Sparky Get New Wheels and also add it to my collection of author signed books! Thank you.
    Clara, thank you for your awesome book author chats. It is interesting to read author journeys. It's always a good time at Clara Gillow Clark's blog!

  2. Lorrie, Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful comments! Your ongoing support is greatly appreciated.

    I know you'll love Joe and Sparky, too!

  3. Yay to all the lucky winners, and the BIGFOOT book looks exciting!

  4. Whoo hoo! Congratulations, Lorrie! I'll email you today.

    Thank you, Clara and Irishoma! The Bigfoot book has lots of hilarious illustrations by the talented Mark Fearing, and it's packed with Bigfoot-catching tips. (Hint: He is nuts about peanut butter.) You'll be spotting Bigfoot in no time.

  5. Thank you, thank you! I am super excited to win this book!

  6. congratulations to Lorrie and Margo!

  7. Congratulations, Margo! I'm going to email you right now . . .

  8. Well, the rest of us won just from the wonderfulness of the interview and getting a chance to know Jamie better.

  9. Thanks everyone for your comments!

    Claudia, I completely agree that we are all winners just from the wonderfulness of the interview and Jamie!

  10. Clara, you have an amazing blog :-) Thanks for the recent follow which gave me a chance to meet you! I look forward to stopping in again...

  11. Clara, so good to meet you! Thanks for the recent follow, and I look forward to visiting here, too :-)

  12. Thank you so much for the follow back, Kendra! Thanks for your "Princess and the Pea" post. It was the inspiration I needed!