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SPARKY THE SHARK by Mark  Newell


A Frighteningly Funny Adventure

by Mark NewellPaula Mantle & illustrated by Mark Newell & developed by Biscuit Interactive

Pub Date: Nov. 30th, 2011
Publisher: Biscuit Interactive

An interactive and silly adventure featuring Sparky, a shark, and his penguin buddy, Dax, and their quest to fit in on the beach.

When the people of Magneto Island ban sharks from their beaches, Sparky the shark is heartbroken, especially as this new rule eliminates him from an upcoming sand-sculpture competition. Not to be deterred, the unlikely duo embarks on a shopping spree on land to find a “people-pleasing” disguise that will enable Sparky to compete. However, once at the competition, Sparky learns the best way to fit in at the beach is to just be himself. Each screen features bold and bright illustrations, which feature interactive, although not always obvious, elements that move and make a variety of zany noises when tapped. Adding to the interactivity is a read-to-me version done in an easy-to-follow Australian accent. Extras include an additional feature that lets users disguise Sparky by dragging and dropping silly wigs, wild variations of teeth and zany pairs of eyes onto a model with the option of easily saving a screen shot of their creation.

Unlikely friends Sparky and Dax both entertain and deliver a message disguised by humor and fun.

(iPad storybook app. 5-8)