Stick Dog [NOOK Book]

Overview

Introducing everyone's new best friend: Stick Dog!

He'll make you laugh . . . he'll make you cry . . . but above all, he'll make you hungry. Follow Stick Dog as he goes on an epic quest for the perfect burger.

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Stick Dog

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Overview

Introducing everyone's new best friend: Stick Dog!

He'll make you laugh . . . he'll make you cry . . . but above all, he'll make you hungry. Follow Stick Dog as he goes on an epic quest for the perfect burger.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—The young narrator of this tale gets in trouble with his teachers for drawing stick figures and using improper sentence structure. However, that doesn't stop him from telling an amusing, heartwarming story with plenty of humorous asides about an intrepid canine. Stick Dog may be homeless, but he's resourceful enough to make a nice place for himself in an empty pipe, filled with a comfy cushion and lots of discarded toys. He's got a close-knit bunch of canine pals: Poo-poo, Karen, Stripes, and Mutt. The only thing he's missing is food, so when the buddies get a whiff of hamburgers from the nearby park, they take off. But levelheaded and kind Stick Dog can't quite get the mission going as he would like. First, Poo-poo is obsessed with an acorn-throwing squirrel along the way; then Stripes is convinced that the people barbecuing are "super-warrior humans" not to be fooled with when she sees the weaponlike barbecue fork; and finally, Karen disappears searching for potato-chip appetizers. Stick Dog handles everyone's distractions with grace, but he's bent on getting to those burgers. The ridiculous plans devised by each dog to actually get the food escalate the humor. Watson has created lovable characters whose faults make them even more endearing. The stick drawings are the perfect fit for this story.—Diane McCabe, John Muir Elementary, Santa Monica, CA
Publishers Weekly
“I Can’t Draw, Okay?” is the name of the first chapter of this heavily illustrated reader from Watson, who’s previously published two e-books starring the eponymous dog. Watson illustrated those earlier tales, but Long (Pig Has a Plan) does the “bad” drawing in this iteration, contributing exuberant stick-figure cartoons that riff on and clean up Watson’s earlier designs. It’s a treat to see how Long transforms two rectangles, some googly eyes, and a few lines into spot-on evocations of endearingly goofy dog behavior. Unfortunately, the new images also throw light on the book’s weaknesses: overworked prose, weak characterizations, forced jokes, and a woolly narrative about five stray dogs that catch the scent of a cookout and head off in search of its source. Watson tries to be ironic and irreverent in his humor, claiming his story will be “told in a way I like (but my English teacher doesn’t)” and naming one of Stick Dog’s canine friends Poo-Poo (he’s a poodle). But readers may quickly start flipping ahead, looking for storytelling traction or differentiation among the characters. Ages 8–12. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Leona Illig
Stick Dog has a problem. It is not that he is from the wrong side of the tracks—literally, since he lives in an empty pipe running under Highway 16. And it is not because he does not have friends, because he does: a poodle named Poo-Poo, a Dalmatian named Stripes, a dachshund named Karen, and a mutt named—Mutt. No, his problem is getting food, and when he smells hamburgers being grilled in a nearby park, he decides that he and his friends need to swing into action and bring those burgers home. This is the story of the dogs' adventures as they discuss, scheme, and finally launch their battle plan, with surprising and tummy-warming results. Told in first person, this is a funny story that unfolds the way a kid would tell it. The vocabulary range is good, and the content is not only comical but family friendly. The font is clean, sharp, and easy to read. The book cover, which has some 3-D effects, is attractive as well as an attention-grabber. The artwork is endearing. Even though the narrator explains that he cannot really draw, and that stick dogs are the best that he can do, no reader is going to complain. This book will appeal to boys, but girls will also enjoy the humor. The text and the illustrations are designed to deliver maximum laughs, and they succeed. The measure of the author's success is that by the end of the book, the reader will be as hungry as Stick Dog himself. Reviewer: Leona Illig
Kirkus Reviews
Nothing's better than a grilled burger on a hot summer day in Picasso Park, but how's a pack of mutts going to get some? Stick Dog (so named not because he loves sticks--though he does--but because narrator Tom can only draw him like a stick figure) lives in an empty pipe under Highway 16. He and his friends--Poo-Poo the poodle, Stripes the Dalmatian, Karen the dachshund and Mutt the…well, mutt--are all hungry, and they smell burgers on the grill in a nearby park. They race over…OK, their race is interrupted by Poo-Poo's obsessive hatred of squirrels…and find a family grilling. Each pup puts forth a plan to nab the burgers. Biting ankles? No. Stealing their car? No. Cliff diving? Uh, no. Stick Dog has a brilliant burger-snitching plan, but things don't go exactly as planned. Watson's retelling and extension of his self-published Stick Dog adventure, re-illustrated by Long, is full of silly, slapstick doggy humor. Stick Dog is slightly smarter than his eminently distractible ADHD canine pals, and young readers or listeners will enjoy his repeated use of reverse psychology to get them where they need to be. Three to four sentences in large type on fake notebook paper with ample stick drawings make this an enticing package for those just starting chapter books. A welcome canine entry in the metajournal genre. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062110794
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/8/2013
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 26,292
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Early in his career Tom worked in politics, including a stint as the Chief Scriptwriter for the Governor of Ohio. This experience helped him develop the unique, storytelling narrative style of the Stick Dog books. Tom finds it a lot more fun and rewarding writing stories for kids rather than writing speeches for grown-ups. He lives in Chicago with his wife, daughter, son and of course, his dog.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2013

    So cute

    This book is way to young for me but i'ts so CUTE!!!! I <3 stickdog! He reminds me of my fat little brown dog called oscar.

    PS
    B&N, you should really have all the books in your stores available on the nook store. Hit yes if you agree.

    58 out of 60 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2013

    Awesome

    Stick Dog was an awesome book.It was very detailed .If you haven't read Stick Dog yet i think yoy should

    30 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    I LOVE STICK DOG!!!

    Stick Dog is the greatest dog ever! He is awsome, even
    thought he is drawn poorly. Totally read this book:
    IT ROCKS!!!

    -LMS

    24 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Th

    This is the best book born in three thousand years!

    24 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Kameron

    i like this book it is good for me!

    20 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    I think

    Is this book short or long? Like how many pages

    20 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I LOVE STICK DOG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!It is one of the best books I have ever read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    17 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    What a hoot! Had a smile from page one to the end.

    What a hoot! Had a smile from page one to the end.

    17 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Great book!!!!!!!

    A great book . Outstanding. Even though im a girl i realy injoyed it. Made me lol.

    15 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Vvicky

    I here it is a great book i wish it was free

    13 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    Awesome

    My 8 year old son cannot put it down. Easier reading than Diary of a Wimpy Kid because it's not about human relationships but a dog and his dog buddies. Very funny!

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    Macci

    I love it.

    11 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Stick dog rocks.

    Reilly funny. You would love it. Click yes if you agree

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    10/1/2013

    I love stick dog so much if you agree push YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    Stick Dog by Tom Watson

    Stick Dog was a wonderful book! It was a little to short for me but overall it was...... ASTONISHING!!!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2013

    Lol

    This book is loltastic lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    Wht?

    What happen to the old books? The FREE version of this? Its egzactly the same just without a few paragraphs and it's 8.whatever-whatever DALLORS CHEEPER!!!!! Thats alot of money that u waste for a few paragraphs!!!!!! crazy!

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Bt unknown

    It was awesome and haliarious and Tom is telling the story Stick dog and his fruends poo-poo karen mutt and stripes go on a adventure to steal a hamburger

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    "It is the best book i ever read" !!!!!!! :)

    Their is nothing better than a hamburger on a hotsummer day it will makke you laugh, cry,and mostly make you hungry

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    READ THIS!!!!!!!

    If this book Harry Potter in it. It would 2X the awesomeness. Any way awesome book. P.S. got to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire everyone has 100PotterPointz (PP)

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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