Stick!

Stick!

by Andy Pritchett
     
 
Puppy loves his new stick. He wants to play! Now he just needs someone to play with.

Puppy is thrilled when he discovers a stick just waiting to be tossed and chased. But Cow is more interested in grass, and Chicken is more interested in a worm. In fact, all of Puppy’s friends are busy doing something besides playing with a stick. Poor Puppy! Finally,

Overview

Puppy loves his new stick. He wants to play! Now he just needs someone to play with.

Puppy is thrilled when he discovers a stick just waiting to be tossed and chased. But Cow is more interested in grass, and Chicken is more interested in a worm. In fact, all of Puppy’s friends are busy doing something besides playing with a stick. Poor Puppy! Finally, another equally enthusiastic canine comes along, and the rousing game of fetch that ensues is enough to inspire the entire barnyard to give the stick a chance. In bold, graphic spreads, Andy Pritchett’s adorable animal cast enlivens a six-word story of friendship and play too sweet and simple to ignore.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Newcomer Pritchett tells his story with brisk economy: two puppies, one stick, one word per spread, and a few barnyard animals. “Stick?” offers a white puppy whose black ears look like a set of quotation marks; he’s holding it out to a cow against a bright green backdrop. “Grass!” replies the cow, turning him down. “Stick?” the undeterred puppy excitedly asks a hen, seen against a sky blue background. “Worm!” she replies. Not until he finds another puppy who is as excited about his find as he is (“Stick! Stick! Stick!”) do the other animals leave their activities to rally round and play with the puppies: “Stick!” they all cheer happily. As the stick party ends, the pups recognize each other as special companions (“Friends?” says a thought bubble they share), and they romp off together, just the two of them. It’s an elementally simple portrait of the moment when two kindred spirits discover each other. Pritchett’s polished graphics and bare-bones storytelling have a board-book feel, and will hold the interest of very young readers. Ages 3–7. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
Educators of young children are always on the lookout for books to use with beginning readers. This title meets the criteria as it uses only six words in the entire text. The tale revolves around a black and white dog drawn in simple, cartoon style as he tries to find an animal to play with him. But the cow prefers her grass, the chicken wants only a worm, and the pig favors the mud. Poor dog is most unhappy until he encounters another dog that is delighted to play. The pair has so much fun, all the other animals soon join in and they all become friends. For a story time about friendship use this book with A Bull for Daisy by Chris Raschka. Following a trend, the pencil-drawn pictures are digitally colored. If there is a need for very easy readers, adding this title to the collection is sensible. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—With effervescent colors; whimsical, cartoon-style characters; and an economy of words, this picture book tells the story of an energetic little dog who is incredibly excited about the really cool thing he just found: a stick! Unfortunately, the other animals seem less enthused. "Stick?" asks Puppy hopefully. "Grass!" responds the cow. "Stick?" he tries again to a bird. "Worm!" it responds. In typical good-dog manner, he doesn't let their dismissal get him down. He eventually meets a fellow canine friend who can appreciate his discovery. With only six different words and speech balloons that indicate which character is speaking, this title would work well for new and emerging readers. The bright and bold pencil and digitally colored illustrations are reminiscent of Bob Shea's I'm a Shark (HarperCollins, 2011) and Dinosaur vs. Bedtime (Disney, 2008). Young children will understand Puppy's excitement over a new toy and the joy of finding a friend who will play along.—Kiera Parrott, Darien Library, CT
Kirkus Reviews
A friendship is formed over a game of fetch in this simple story about finding joy in the unexpected. Puppy wants to play fetch, but everyone is busy. Cow would rather graze, bird wants to eat his worm, and pig has his mud. Dejected, the pup throws his stick away. To his surprise, it returns with another little dog who wants to play. The two canines' enthusiasm draws the other animals back, and a group game of fetch ensues. In just six words, Pritchett's text, combined with expressive illustrations, explores a range of emotions. Digitally colored pencil illustrations, done in a graphic style, showcase appealing characters. However; while the spreads display a good sense of proportion and use of negative space, they don't play with composition or perspective. In every encounter, Puppy is the same size and has a similar placement on the page. Thus, the spreads begin to feel more like a stamp rather than an image that draws one in. This can work to great effect in works such as Mo Willems' Elephant & Piggie series, in which the dialogue enhances the expressive characters. But given the extremely limited vocabulary here, readers may wish for more. Nevertheless, brimming with enthusiasm, this playful story has a friendly, pleasant appeal. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763666163
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
08/06/2013
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.94(w) x 11.02(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Andy Pritchett’s favorite thing is a pencil, which is like a stick but smaller. Some of his other favorite things are eating cake and sharing a house with his girlfriend and a very noisy cat. This is his first picture book. He lives in Norfolk, England.

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