Troubador Sparky and Friends

Released: 28/09/2021

ISBN: 9781800464742

Format: Paperback

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Sparky and Friends

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Meet Sparky! Based on the author's own rescue dog, this special hero might be small but he has a big character.

It's a lovely day and Sparky decides to go out and see his friends. As he makes his way through the garden, he sees and hears lots of new and familiar sights and sounds. Come take a walk in the garden with him and see what you can discover!

A good introduction to the natural world, the journey through the garden represents the journey we make through life, coming across all the different types of people from different backgrounds with different ideas. Ideal for ages 5 - 7 with colourful illustrations, this is one dog's 'tail' you don't want to miss out on!



Sparky and Friends is a fun and light-hearted book and has colourful pictures which children can engage with.

It is a book which can be shared and read aloud, perhaps using different voices for each creature!

I have also chosen to use the Comic Sans typeface to make it accessible for more children, as this font is recommended for people with dyslexia.

I have kept the feel of the story light and airy and full of fun with incidents such as the spider waiting for his dinner and going cross-eyed looking at the butterfly.

The story of Sparky's journey through the garden reflects our own journey through life and all the different types of people we meet with different backgrounds, different ideas and ways of life. Even though they are all different he enjoys meeting them and they become his friends.

It is a good introduction to nature and the creatures you can find in your own garden or local park.

The conclusion of the story takes Sparky back home where he realises that all his friends are so different from each other but that it doesn't matter because they are his friends.

I am also in the process of designing and producing a range of cards which will be available for sale in the near future. The designs will be available to view on my website, which is currently under construction! In the meantime, if you would like more information about my book or cards, please contact me [email protected]

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A charming book, lovely to think it’s based on a rescue dog. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful. My Grandchildren loved it.

by Jules Bartley


Alison Haberfield

I am a writer and illustrator and live with my husband and 5 dogs in a small cottage in the countryside. We have re-homed dogs for over 25 years, all adopted from various charities, usually taking on the older ones that get overlooked. One of those, Sparky, was the inspiration for my book.

I wanted to tell this story because I think it is relevant to everyday life, especially for children growing up with all the pressures that life can bring to conform and fit in.

It is a book which can be shared and read aloud, perhaps using different voices for each creature!

I have also chosen to use the Comic Sans typeface to make it accessible for more children, as this font is recommended for people with dyslexia.



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