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Stick Man Hardcover – September 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 510L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545157617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545157612
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreSchool-Grade 1–Stick Man is happy with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three–until a dog finds him and snatches him for a game of fetch. This is the beginning of a terrible journey during which, Odysseus-like, Stick Man tries to get back but is taken farther and farther away from his home as he is used over the months for everything from a boomerang to a snowman's arm. Readers will feel his anguish and cheer his eventual return (by Santa Claus no less, who rescues him from a fireplace on Christmas Eve) to his loving family. Bouncy, repetitive rhymes make this a good choice for storytime, and the saturated color illustrations carry well (although Stick Man does tend to blend, chameleonlike, into his surroundings). A slightly surreal holiday choice.–Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library END

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Praise for Stick Man

*"Scheffler's engaging illustrations, Donaldson's irresistible rhyming text and repeated refrains make this a winning read-aloud." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

*"Donaldson and Scheffler's poignant, suspenseful profile....could become a December perennial." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The easy cadence, with a rolling structure and uncomplicated rhymes, will make this endearing picture book a fun read-along." —Booklist


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This book is a family favorite!
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I have a 2 and 5 year old who both enjoy this book.
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The book has nice illustrations and reads well.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Archer on November 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have done it again with this wonderful tale of the perils of Stick Man! Both you and your child will love Stick Man's humorous adventure in the world and his eventual safe return to his wife and family. This is a great book as we head towards Christmas since it features Santa (aka Stuck Man) stuck in a chimney. If you enjoyed other books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, such as The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child, or Room On The Broom, then this one is for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Reflection Haiku on November 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A great book for youngsters to read during winter/X'mas time, STICK MAN from the artists of ROOM ON THE BOOM offers another unique story about the family tree dad who is content with his beautiful Stick Lady Love and stick children three, is one day chased away from home by a dog and hurls into worlds of danger. No one can see he is "a stick man" that is needed and loved by a family - the girl throws him into the river, the swan weaves him into nest, the man makes him a sandcastle flag, the children makes him into a pen, a bow and a boomerang. Poor stick man has suffered and loses his hope of returning home and as he finally gets picked up as a stick to be burned for the fireplace, only a miracle can save him. And miracle does happen on Christmas night! The Stick Man is in the right place to save the "Stuck Man"(the gift-delivering Santa stuck inside the chimney). Carrying home by a grateful Santa for his family reunion, this book ends with a heartwarming note that may teach children to use their imagination and extend their compassion and love to be gentle to all living things for even a twig may belong to a family. The readers will have fun looking at the stick family holding hands, carrying their baby for a picnic and enjoy quality playtime together just like all of us.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PDXbloss on October 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
We love all of the books by these authors, and this one does not disappoint. A great little story, despite the Xmas theme, that can be read no matter the time of year. I love the sing-songy writing of the book (which many of their books have) and the illustrations are so detailed and bright. If you have liked their other books, you will also enjoy this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kulla on December 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
We have a full collection of Julia Donaldson books and every new one is added to the collection - and even though my son sort of have outgrown some of these they are still old time favorites which are brought out time and time again and he often reads them himself now that he no longer needs to have them read out to him - a truly great book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mommy Of Five on June 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My mom is a librarian in an elementary school. She brought this book home while we were visiting and my kids love it! We purchased it when we left her house because they did not want to leave the Stick Man book behind. It is cute and easy to read. Two thumbs up! (My kids are between the ages of 2 and 6.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie Ross Rose on June 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Stick man is mistreated and separated from his family the whole story and is only rescued after almost being burned alive. And then he is saved by Santa? Thanks but no thanks. There are way better messages and books out there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. P. M. Emerson on January 7, 2010
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Our family have been fans of Julia Donaldson and Axel Schefler since first being given a copy of the Gruffalo 7 or 8 years ago. We have most of their books and love the bright and expressive drawings and the fun rhyming and lyrical text.

If you are a fan you may notice that Stickman first appears in the Gruffalo's child as the toy that the Gruffalo's child carries with her through her adventures with the terrible mouse. And whats more, careful eyes will find the Gruffalo hiding in one of the illustrations in Stickman...

Although we love all of the Donaldson/Schefler books (and you can't really think of one without the other) this is among our favorites. The great story of Stickman being mistaken for a stick by dogs, swans and children who all want him for something else is accessible and touching. There is a scary bit in which Stickman finds himself laid onto the logs in a fireplace, but all works out in the end.

If you are new to these books I highly recommend the Gruffalo, A Squash and A Squeeze, and Stickman as the most out-standing of a great series of books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adriana Escandon on October 21, 2009
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I bought this book for my 3 y/o daughter and as with other books by Julia Donaldson, she loves it. The story is original, smart and well written in the form of rhyme, but is also simple enough so a small child can follow it without getting bored. The illustrations are colorful and fun and my dd likes to follow them and tell the story herself.

Overall a great book that will be read over and over again.
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