Jamie Michalak

Now in paperback!

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Hi there,

Are you WILD about fruit hats, Bigfoot, fairies, and safety goggles?

Do you LOVE the Hokey Pokey, pet worms, and dances that go CHA, CHA, CHA?

Then you are in luck. . . . Welcome to my website! Here you'll find info about my books, free activities to download, games, photos of my weird family, and more!

So kick off your shoes and enjoy your visit. And thanks for stopping by!

:) Jamie

What would happen if Joe and Sparky visited your classroom? Find out in JOE AND SPARKY GO TO SCHOOL!


The endearing and mismatched pals accidentally latch onto a big yellow bus and leave the cageless zoo for their first trip to school.

★ "This book is perfect for the newly independent reader and makes a fine bridge from Amelia Bedelia to Ramona. Limited but lively vocabulary, a large font, and carefully placed illustrations—all in a humorous, high-interest package—will make this a hit." —The Horn Book (starred review)

Be sure to check out Joe and Sparky's other adventures!

"These two friends readily join the ranks of Arnold Lobel's FROG AND TOAD." —Esme Raji Codell


The unlikely duo return in a very funny tale of friendship, derring-do, and the discovery that, bold or shy, anyone can become a superstar.

A Bankstreet Best Children's Book of the Year

★ "This little treasure is one that will get passed around. Like the Hokey Pokey, that's what it is all about." —Kirkus (starred review)


A Kirkus Best Book of the Year

A Junior Library Guild Selection

A Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year

★ “Children . . . will laugh out loud at the innocent assumptions Joe and Sparky make as they explore the world outside Sparky's shell.” —Kirkus (starred review)

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Top image from JOE AND SPARKY, SUPERSTARS! Illustration © 2011 Frank Remkiewicz. Bottom image from JOE AND SPARKY GET NEW WHEELS. Illustration © 2009 Frank Remkiewicz. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press.


Early Readers
★ "Makes a fine bridge from Amelia Bedelia to Ramona."
The Horn Book, starred review
★ "This little treasure is one that will get passed around.”
Kirkus, starred review
★ "Utterly charming.”
Kirkus, starred review
Picture Book
"A perfect book to help settle your youngsters down for the night or to . . . appreciate all the loveliness of home." —The Children's and Teens' Book Connection
Board Books
Brand New Readers
Make reading a success the very first time!

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