Stanley's Stick

Stanley's Stick

by John Hegley, Neal Layton
     
 

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Full of masterful puns and the childhood magic that creates a winning toy from a simple stick, this picture book is filled with marvelous flights of fancy
 
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

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Full of masterful puns and the childhood magic that creates a winning toy from a simple stick, this picture book is filled with marvelous flights of fancy
 
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. Stanley shows that seeing truly depends on the ability to believe in the possibilities. This book celebrates the power of ingenuity that allows children to use the most mundane of objects to create their own scenes and worlds, and act out stories.

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From the Publisher
"Jo Lodge's delightful Mr Croc series . . . boasts fabulous pop-ups."  —Observer

"Offer this title to readers pleased with wordplay and to those with an ability to appreciate unusual humor."  —School Library Journal on My Dog Is a Carrot

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:
1,172,943
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

John Hegley is a poet, comedian, musician, songwriter, and the author of My Dog Is a Carrot. Neal Layton has illustrated more than 40 books, and won the Smarties Prize for Oscar and Arabella, which he wrote and illustrated.

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