✰✰✰½ He's not just a stick; he's Stick Man, who just wants to be "with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three." Then one fine Spring day while out for a jog, a dog wants to play with him. Despite Stick Man's protests that he is more than just a stick, a sword, a bat, or a pen, no one will listen to him. And so it goes that the Stick Man finds himself on an unwanted adventure that takes him far away from home.
Months go by and Stick Man is tossed into the fireplace. Will he ever see his kids and his Stick Lady Love again? Just when he fears that all is lost there's a noise from above. What could it be? Why, it's a Stuck Man in the chimney who delivers a surprise holiday ending.
The Bottom Line: Stick Man is full of silly whimsy. Kids will love the bouncy rhyming, and there's plenty of repetition for early readers. Axel Sheffler's full-color illustrations are whimsical, festive, and sure to please the little ones. Plus, parents will appreciate the family theme. It's the perfect read-aloud for a holiday story hour; kids will love to chime in. Recommended for kids ages 3 - 7.
Details: Stick Man by Julia Donaldson. Illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Hardcover edition published by Arthur A Levine Books in 2009. 32 pages. ISBN: 978-0-545-15761-2