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Stick Man Stick Man

Written by Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

From superstars Donaldson and Scheffler, a new hero for the holidays!

Stick Man lives in the family tree, with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three.

But the world is a dangerous place for a Stick Man. A dog wants to play with him. A swan builds her nest with him. He even ends up on a fire! Will he ever get back to the family tree in time for the holidays?

Stick with us, and find out!


"Donaldson and Scheffler, the team behind Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo, find a roundabout route to Christmas in this bouncy tale. Stick Man is just that, a brown stick with twig arms and branch legs. His story is delivered in perfect meter: “Stick Man lives in the family tree/ With his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three.” One spring day, Stick Man unwillingly joins a dog's game of fetch, is sent downstream by children and woven into a swan's nest. As the seasons change, Stick Man travels farther from home, futilely protesting (in vehement Green Eggs and Ham style), “I'm not a mast for a silly old flag,/ Or a sword for a knight... or a hook for a bag.” In his darkest hour, he nearly becomes kindling, only to have Santa arrive down the chimney. Donaldson and Scheffler's poignant, suspenseful profile of an inanimate object recalls Laurie Keller or The Velveteen Rabbit. Donaldson's rhymes never skip a beat, and Scheffler personalizes the many animals, people and settings in his witty watercolors. This yarn could become a December perennial." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Proving once again that almost any item can be a character in a children’s book, Stick Man stands out as a sturdy fellow who has a distinct personality that is anything but wooden. When Stick Man leaves his Stick Lady Love and stick children three to go out for a jog, he is chased and carried off by a dog. Poor Stick Man then falls into one mishap after another, demonstrating all the creative uses for a stick by children and animals. After the little wooden man rescues Santa from a too-narrow chimney, Santa reciprocates by returning Stick Man to his family with a Christmas Eve sleigh ride. Scheffler’s engaging illustrations, Donaldson’s irresistible rhyming text and repeated refrains make this a winning read-aloud that will stick around long after the holiday season." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Donaldson’s lively rhyme and Scheffler’s comical illustrations (never has a stick looked more engaging) help temper worries about our hero’s fate. When a certain someone gets stuck coming down the chimney, it’s Stick Man to the rescue, and after that a joyous reunion for Stick Man and his family...a happy ending for all, and for all a good night.” -- Horn Book

"The rhyming text perfectly matches the humorous color illustrations of this energetic tale. This clever picture book with a Christmas accent will delight ages 4-8.” -- Chicago Sun-Times


Kids' Indie Next List, Winter '09/'10
CBC/IRA Children's Choices list for 2010

Barnes & Noble
Indie Bound

Fall 2009
Picture Book
ISBN: 0-545-15761-7
Price: $16.99/$19.99
Trim Size: 8˝” x 10 3/5”
Page Count: 32
Foreign Rights: Scholastic UK
Translation Rights: Scholastic UK
Rights Available? yes


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