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Stanley's Stick
     

Stanley's Stick

by John Hegley, Neal Layton (Illustrator)
 

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Stanley's Stick is a teaming-up of hefty talents - glorious poet John Hegley and award-winning illustrator Neal Layton. Stanley's stick is not just a stick. With a stick in hand, Stanley's options are endless - he flies to the moon, writes in the sand, goes fishing, plays a whistle and rides a dinosaur - and his imagination takes over and the magic begins.

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Stanley's Stick is a teaming-up of hefty talents - glorious poet John Hegley and award-winning illustrator Neal Layton. Stanley's stick is not just a stick. With a stick in hand, Stanley's options are endless - he flies to the moon, writes in the sand, goes fishing, plays a whistle and rides a dinosaur - and his imagination takes over and the magic begins.

Hegley's lyrical prose captures the free-wheeling expressiveness of childhood, and Layton's deceptively simple illustrations are full of wit and character. Sweet, magical and thoroughly entertaining, this is Hegley and Layton's first collaboration.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'...wonderful rhythmic and a delightfully quirky text.'—The Bookseller

This lovely book is simply a 'must have' for all those who want to inspire children's imaginative play... beautifully written.—Early Years Educator

This book should guarantee hours of imaginative play.—Sunday Times

Simply, a lovely book.—School Librarian

Everything a picture book should be.—Irish Times

A book celebrating the power of imagination. Brilliant illustrations by Neal Layton.—Angels & Urchins

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
Hegley and Layton join forces in this delightful picture book that celebrates the creative energy of a young child's imagination. Stanley "always carries his stick with him," a long straight stick that will never return to its tree of origin but "can still be a stick as best as it can." This stick is perfectly suited for service as a pretend whistle or match "to catch the world aflame," useful for "writing words in the sand in languages only Stanley can understand," fishing for pretend fish so that no real fish "get hurt," or becoming the spine of a dinosaur "Stickosaurus." But on a family holiday to the seaside, Stanley inexplicably tosses his stick into the waves. The reader is not sure why he has done this or what will happen next. Has Stanley outgrown such make-believe? Will another younger child find the stick washed ashore? Will the tide return the stick to Stanley? No. Stanley instead finds a new, curved, "wonky" stick, perfectly suited to be a pretend saxophone, "wonky" telescope, or "wonky" ship's mast. Both text and art are suffused with gentle whimsy and childlike wonder; Layton's quietly expressive pictures work wonderfully with Hegley's poetic language to show the mysterious ways of the heart, which loves different kinds of sticks in different seasons, for its own reasons. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780340988190
Publisher:
Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date:
10/10/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
899,887
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 5 Years

Meet the Author

John Hegley is a popular English performance poet, comedian, musician and songwriter. He began his performing career at London's Comedy Store in 1980. His television appearances include Wogan and Never Mind the Buzzcocks and he frequently performs live and is a regular at the Edinburgh Festival.

Many of Neal Layton's ideas come from his childhood. In the past he has worked on a lettuce farm, in a chocolate factory, a teapot factory, a book shop and has delivered papers. Neal has illustrated more than 40 books to date. Oscar and Arabella which he both wrote and illustrated won him the Smarties prize in 2002.

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