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This Super Dog is the Cat's Meow! August is a brilliant inventor who is afraid of the outside. Charlie is a crack pilot who isn't afraid of anything. Together these pals save lives every day. They also happen to be cats who pilot a powerful, mechanical dog suit! Always eager to leap into danger, this feline duo have their work cut out for them as they try to thwart Princess This Super Dog is the Cat's Meow! August is a brilliant inventor who is afraid of the outside. Charlie is a crack pilot who isn't afraid of anything. Together these pals save lives every day. They also happen to be cats who pilot a powerful, mechanical dog suit! Always eager to leap into danger, this feline duo have their work cut out for them as they try to thwart Princess, an evil alien bent on enslaving mankind. Don't let the fact that Princess looks like a cute, diaper-wearing baby fool you. She's clever, determined, and totally ruthless. So when Princess and the browbeaten fools she calls servants enact a brilliant and dastardly plan to conquer Earth, August and Charlie pull out all the stops to save the day.


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This Super Dog is the Cat's Meow! August is a brilliant inventor who is afraid of the outside. Charlie is a crack pilot who isn't afraid of anything. Together these pals save lives every day. They also happen to be cats who pilot a powerful, mechanical dog suit! Always eager to leap into danger, this feline duo have their work cut out for them as they try to thwart Princess This Super Dog is the Cat's Meow! August is a brilliant inventor who is afraid of the outside. Charlie is a crack pilot who isn't afraid of anything. Together these pals save lives every day. They also happen to be cats who pilot a powerful, mechanical dog suit! Always eager to leap into danger, this feline duo have their work cut out for them as they try to thwart Princess, an evil alien bent on enslaving mankind. Don't let the fact that Princess looks like a cute, diaper-wearing baby fool you. She's clever, determined, and totally ruthless. So when Princess and the browbeaten fools she calls servants enact a brilliant and dastardly plan to conquer Earth, August and Charlie pull out all the stops to save the day.

30 review for Sparks!: A Graphic Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melki

    Two cats escape from a lab, and instead of planning to take over the world, they decide to save it. With the help of their trusty litter pan, they construct a dog suit, and go around helping those in need. There is so much fun here, especially when the fate of the planet ends up in the hands of a squirrel? Oh, say it ain't so! I don't want to ruin any more of the delightfulness. I'll just say this is a terrific graphic novel for kids of all ages! Find a copy, and READ it! Two cats escape from a lab, and instead of planning to take over the world, they decide to save it. With the help of their trusty litter pan, they construct a dog suit, and go around helping those in need. There is so much fun here, especially when the fate of the planet ends up in the hands of a squirrel? Oh, say it ain't so! I don't want to ruin any more of the delightfulness. I'll just say this is a terrific graphic novel for kids of all ages! Find a copy, and READ it!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Francina Simone

    I found this hilarious.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Johnson

    Very funny. I will be recommending this to reluctant readers this summer.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paul Hankins

    August is the brains of this dynamic duo disguised as a dog. But, he lacks the bravery to go outside that Charlie has. Together, they put together a plan to engage in heroic acts of bravery using a dog suit they put together with the help of a computerized litter box. You see where all of this going. Cue the alien cloaked as a maniacal toddler who has come to earth to control all animal life with the help of her "parent" minions. Never able to stick around to receive credit (or petting or the oc August is the brains of this dynamic duo disguised as a dog. But, he lacks the bravery to go outside that Charlie has. Together, they put together a plan to engage in heroic acts of bravery using a dog suit they put together with the help of a computerized litter box. You see where all of this going. Cue the alien cloaked as a maniacal toddler who has come to earth to control all animal life with the help of her "parent" minions. Never able to stick around to receive credit (or petting or the occasional "good boy"), Sparks comes under suspicion of being the entity that creates the chaos they are trying to remedy. This graphic novel will be a big hit of DOG MAN fans with lots of gross-out humor. I got to see the Advanced Reader Copy which was not fully-colored in, but I sense readers will enjoy this title at the end of February 2018.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michelle (FabBookReviews)

    Bonkers and funny, I love it!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Super duper funny. Similar sense of adventure as Astronaut Academy and Lumberjanes. And I always love a good, unpredictable squirrel friend!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Nazareth

    This graphic novel is a really sweet one for children (6+) and adults alike. With great themes about facing your fears and becoming an unlikely hero. Both my son and I loved it - I’ve read it more than once. It’s really funny as well.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sharayah Preman

    5/5 hands down an amazing read. My daughter and I read it together, taking turns doing voices for characters. We are really hoping for more in this series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Robin Herrera

    One of the funniest graphic novels I've ever read. Loved the physical comedy of two cats operating a giant dog suit. SO MANY GOOD JOKES. Nina Matsumoto has been one of my favorite artists for a long time - definitely check out YOKAIDEN if you like SPARKS! I hope there are many more of the SPARKS! books on the way, because Charlie and August and their robotic cat litter box are just wonderful. One of the funniest graphic novels I've ever read. Loved the physical comedy of two cats operating a giant dog suit. SO MANY GOOD JOKES. Nina Matsumoto has been one of my favorite artists for a long time - definitely check out YOKAIDEN if you like SPARKS! I hope there are many more of the SPARKS! books on the way, because Charlie and August and their robotic cat litter box are just wonderful.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Linley

    This is just my sense of humour! The plot rolls along in an increasingly silly fashion and made me laugh. We are using it in school as a 'set text' for a Y9 competition and it is fun. Highly recommended to all Graphic Novel readers. This is just my sense of humour! The plot rolls along in an increasingly silly fashion and made me laugh. We are using it in school as a 'set text' for a Y9 competition and it is fun. Highly recommended to all Graphic Novel readers.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Zany ridiculousness! I loved it!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    Hilarious! I laughed out loud more than once. But it also chose not to sacrifice characterization for cheap gags, which I appreciate. I have already been recommending it widely and will continue to do so.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    Copy provided by Young Adult Books Central Canine configuration engage! August, a cat, has created a robotic dog that his friend Charlie helps him run. With the advanced robotics the two are able to save babies who are down wells, pull people out of the path of tornadoes, and perform other heroic deeds. They are being pursued by the evil Princess, who is an intergalactic threat who is inhabiting earth in the guise of a mewling, cute baby. Princess is trying to lure Charlie and August so that she Copy provided by Young Adult Books Central Canine configuration engage! August, a cat, has created a robotic dog that his friend Charlie helps him run. With the advanced robotics the two are able to save babies who are down wells, pull people out of the path of tornadoes, and perform other heroic deeds. They are being pursued by the evil Princess, who is an intergalactic threat who is inhabiting earth in the guise of a mewling, cute baby. Princess is trying to lure Charlie and August so that she can destroy them, and complete her attempt at trying to control all of the animals on Earth. but Their canine disguise is throwing her off, and she imperils many citizens in her attempts to rout them, but they generally fail. When a busted control panel, as well as a squirrel spy sent by princess, put them at risk, Charlie and August must dig deep to find the resources they need to foil her. Will the help of their robotic litter box and a genetic camouflage bracelet that falls into the wrong hands be enough to save the Earth from certain doom? As a dog person, I fear for a future where the fate of Earth falls into feline hands, but Charlie seems very caring and August is technologically savvy, so their are worse saviors to have. They both know even that heroic cats are not usually the ones to save the day, so their robot is a dog! This is a nice twist, since for some reason, there are a lot of books about space CATS. (Spires' Binky the Space Cat, Brockington's Catstronauts, Dinardo's Space Cat ; even Pete the Cat has an extraterrestrial adventure!) Princess is a brilliantly evil villain who looks cute, and her minders often irk her to such an extent that she must apply the "agony pants" to them. She doesn't seem to have as much of a plan as Marmalade in Blabey's Bad Guys vs. the Alien, but her cuteness certainly works to her advantage when bending Earthlings to her will. This full color graphic novel has bright colors, simple lines, and a comfortable amount of text for younger readers to process. Graphic novels for older readers are often have higher reading levels, and small text that struggling readers find difficult, but like Winnick's Hilo series or Braddock's Stinky Cecil, Sparks! has just the right amount of humor, color and robotic dogs to make it a great way for a young reader to pass a pleasant afternoon.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Normand

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm clearly in the minority regarding this book. While I loved the expressive graphics and initial premise of the story I found the backstory too disturbing for my tastes. Early on in the story we are shown how our superhero kitties obtained their special abilities. Unfortunately the answer is animal cruelty including daily shots and experiments. This is also the reason why August, an adorable, fluffy kitty with a super brain, is afraid to go outside. During one of her first adventures outdoors I'm clearly in the minority regarding this book. While I loved the expressive graphics and initial premise of the story I found the backstory too disturbing for my tastes. Early on in the story we are shown how our superhero kitties obtained their special abilities. Unfortunately the answer is animal cruelty including daily shots and experiments. This is also the reason why August, an adorable, fluffy kitty with a super brain, is afraid to go outside. During one of her first adventures outdoors as a kitten she is scooped up by a stranger and taken to the laboratory. This has left her afraid to leave her home. The details of what happened inside the lab combined with the images of frightened animals sucked all of the joy out the book for me. I am sure there are some that think that I am being overly sensitive. So, I wasn't going to write a review, especially since there really is a lot to like about this book. I decided to go forward with this review believing other soft-hearted, animal-lovers might appreciate the heads-up.

  15. 4 out of 5

    John of Canada

    The nice thing about having librarian friends, is the recommendations of books I am entirely unaware of. I mean why would anyone read about cats when there are so many dog books out there? I will probably read the whole Sparks collection. Thanks Joy! There is also a french edition. It is called Zap! You're welcome. The nice thing about having librarian friends, is the recommendations of books I am entirely unaware of. I mean why would anyone read about cats when there are so many dog books out there? I will probably read the whole Sparks collection. Thanks Joy! There is also a french edition. It is called Zap! You're welcome.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Kahn

    This was super-cute tale told by a litter box. Yup, suspend your belief and dive in for some fun featuring genetically modified felines, a litter box, dog suit and a wacko squirrel. Your graphic novel fans will eat this one up.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    Only book I've ever read narrated by a litter box. Good silly fun. Only book I've ever read narrated by a litter box. Good silly fun.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Canine Configuration Commence! This was a blast to read, a great mix of funny, silly, and smart. Opening line: "I am a litter box and this is my story!" Premise: two cats with dreams of being heroes, being all too aware that cats aren't seen as heroic and dogs nearly always are, team up as two halves of "Sparks!"--a "dog" that's really the cats in a robotic dog costume (one of them is a genius engineer and programmer--also responsible for the sentient litter box). Favorite bit of sly humor: the Canine Configuration Commence! This was a blast to read, a great mix of funny, silly, and smart. Opening line: "I am a litter box and this is my story!" Premise: two cats with dreams of being heroes, being all too aware that cats aren't seen as heroic and dogs nearly always are, team up as two halves of "Sparks!"--a "dog" that's really the cats in a robotic dog costume (one of them is a genius engineer and programmer--also responsible for the sentient litter box). Favorite bit of sly humor: the house of an evil alien family in human form has wall art that says "Live. Laugh. Love." and "FAMILY". Humans--really all extras or cameos in this story (and none who really figure out that the "dog" is two cats, though some get inklings)--are portrayed with a wide range of skin tones (including one man in a turban, and what appears to be an interracial lesbian couple--just two gals on a couch with what seem to be their kids, not a random assortment of people). Very few reviews of Sparks! seem to be out there, or at least I hadn't seen many when I ordered it for my library, so I took a risk on it, as beefing up our graphic novel section is a collection priority. Now I'm buying a second copy for the library and one for my niece for her birthday. Good stuff.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rachel B.

    The big winner from this week's library haul. I have now read it so many times to my Kindergartener that I can recount the all aspects of the plotline from memory. She can't get enough of August and Charlie. The big winner from this week's library haul. I have now read it so many times to my Kindergartener that I can recount the all aspects of the plotline from memory. She can't get enough of August and Charlie.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    He thought it was awesome and refused to send it back to the library.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shauna Yusko

    For your Dog Man and Cat Kid fans that need more books!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Renmarie56

    Funny and adorable and surprisingly awesome when it comes to anxiety. I can see a lot of kids loving this one.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Thebruce1314

    When we finished it, James wanted to start it again immediately, so I guess that’s a pretty good indication of how much he liked it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Diego Munoz

    This book had alot of action and was about 2 cats who tried to be a dog because dogs got way more attention than cats. They saved live because they had a mechanical dog suit they named sparks. I recommend this book to people who like graphic novels or cats

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Everyone knows cats are aloof and self-centered. It's dogs who love passionately and just want to help. So when two laboratory-altered cats decide they enjoy helping people in need, they create a robotic dog suit to wear when doing so. However, superheroes--even superdogs--get notice, from both the media and bad guys, and unwelcome attention isn't always the best for helping buddies get along. This fun story--narrated by a robotic litter box--has more character development and weight than might b Everyone knows cats are aloof and self-centered. It's dogs who love passionately and just want to help. So when two laboratory-altered cats decide they enjoy helping people in need, they create a robotic dog suit to wear when doing so. However, superheroes--even superdogs--get notice, from both the media and bad guys, and unwelcome attention isn't always the best for helping buddies get along. This fun story--narrated by a robotic litter box--has more character development and weight than might be expected from something with plenty of intentional silliness. Very well done.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    This graphic novel is bonkers, but in the best possible way. Two cats decide to become heroes. Since cats are not known for rescuing, they build a robotic dog suit as their disguise. Hilarious and ridiculous, kids are going to love this one.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Super cute, and I can't think of a funnier book I've read this year so far. Super cute, and I can't think of a funnier book I've read this year so far.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jaymie

    4.5 stars. Fantastic!! Loved this graphic novel. The story and characters are great - there’s tons of action, some fun surprises, and a great friendship at the center of it all. Highly recommend!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    This book has it all - two cats who wear a dog suit, a talking litter box, a crazy squirrel, and lines like “Food? That’s my favor!”

  30. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    This graphic novel is so funny! I love the story, the art, and the characters! What a fun read! I am sure the kids at my library will be constantly checking this book out.

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