Mark the Sparky Shark & Jacqueline the Black Alpaca
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Mark the Sparky Shark & Jacqueline the Black Alpaca

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Mark and Jacqueline have a somewhat special place in our hearts, as the first characters created by Craig for his own children.

Mark the Sparky Spark gets up to all sorts of malarkey, upon his great sparkling ark. I’m sure that you’ve already spotted it, but Mark’s key sound is “ARK”. Jacqueline the Black Alpaca is a fantastic percussionist. She likes to play her red maracas, her hooves they crack and smack! Jacqueline helps to develop the “ACK” sound.practical-pre-school-gold

These fundamental sounds are carefully crafted into the stories of Mark and Jacqueline. The natural way in which the sound is woven between the words allows the reader to enjoy the stories, almost unaware of the educational value behind them. The sounds are used in a variety of interesting contexts, with colourful and creative vocabulary. The story is supplemented by a regular chorus, which focuses around the characters name and the targeted sound. The rhythmic nature makes participation almost contagious; you’ll find children chanting along in anticipation of page turns!

All of this is brought to life by the narration of Rik Mayall (CD included with the book). He provides an in-character introduction before narrating the story. This helps create that all important character depth. Here at Clickety Books, we believe that if a child gets to know a character, that character can take them a long way. The CD also uses a chime, to alert young readers when it’s time to turn the page. Have a listen to Rik's introduction to Mark the Sparky Shark below.

Hear an intro by Rik Mayall

'He loves Mark the Sparky Shark and Jake the achy Snake. He's so funny as his new favourite word at the moment from Mark the Sparky Shark is "malarkey" and he uses it whenever he can. We find it hilarious when he says it. Keep up the good work on your amazing books! Love the illustrations in them too.' - Leona Weston, mother of 5 year old (via Facebook, May 2014)

Our Things to Make and Do section in regularly updated with free activities to supplement the book! 


Mark the Sparky Shark & Jaqueline the Black Alpaca


  • Winner of Practical Pre-School Gold award (2012)
  • Written by author and father of two, Craig Green
  • Beautifully illustrated by Sarah-Leigh Wills
  • Edited by an experienced team of speech and language threapists
  • Narrated by Rik Mayall (CD included)
  • Part of the -CK sound set


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Last Updated: Sunday, 21 April 2019 22:40

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