Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Review: Sparks! by Ian Boothby
Sparks! by Ian Boothby & Nina Matsumoto with color by David Dedrick. 190 p. Graphix/ Scholastic Inc., February, 2018. 9781338029468. (Review from finished paperback courtesy of publisher.)
August is the brains and Charlie is the bravery behind "Sparks," the superdog who swoops in to rescue just about anyone and never stays behind for thanks or glory. That's because August and Charlie need to remain anonymous. Their survival depends upon it. That's why they are disguised as a dog. They aren't the only beings donning disguises. Remember that looks can be deceiving when you meet Princess.
If the lively cover doesn't grab you, the first line will, "I am a litter box and this is my story." It isn't a spoiler to say that August and Charlie have escaped from a lab with Litter Box, a robotic, well, litter box. August reprograms Litter Box and creates a safe house for the three. He can't bear to be outside and all Charlie wants to do, other than rescue people, is be outdoors. August refuses. Readers find out why thanks to Litter Box.
Buckle your seatbelt because this delightful adventure hits the ground running. The art is exuberant and energetic, and there are gags galore as the panels propel the reader headlong on a humorous and satisfying ride. My graphic novel fans are going to love this. I can't wait to share it and will need at least one more copy.