Part graphic novel, part fantasy nature journal, this small, inventive title introduces Sticky Burr, a tiny, spiny, unlikely hero. Like the other burrs in Burrwood Forest, young Sticky is "small and covered with tiny hooks," but he feels different, too; he prefers art and music to the more "prickly" pursuits that the other burrs enjoy. While fleeing a pack of bullies, Sticky inadvertently begins a dangerous adventure that brings new friendships and transforms him from an outsider into a hero. With clear lines and understated, woodsy browns and greens, Lechner's cartoon artwork mixes multiframe spreads of Sticky on the run with pages that are meant to resemble Sticky's journal, offering background explanations about the burr way of life. Dialogue bubbles briskly move the story along, but the whimsical details will encourage kids to linger and enjoy the richly realized world on each page. The messages about triumphing over bullies are overt, but children will eagerly rally behind the small hero and look for future adventures in Burrwood Forest. Engberg, Gillian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
John Lechner is an artist, animator, multimedia designer, puppeteer, and author-illustrator of the picture book A FROGGY FABLE. He lives in Needham, Massachusetts.
This book is a hoot. Your kids will love it. The very simple illustrations and the funny story line, the easy-to-follow graphic format and the occasional shot of the ridiculous... Read morePublished on August 14, 2012 by M. Heiss
Finally I've found a book that my seven-year-old son wants to read on his own and laughs out loud. It's so accessible and unintimidating. Please write some more, Mr. Lechner!Published on September 22, 2011 by Mary Martinson
i took this out from the library for my 5-year old son. he LOVES it, as do i. wonderful story and charming illustrations. i'd give it 10 stars if i could! Read morePublished on June 1, 2009 by Julie R. Cormier
Wonderful graphic novel that is easy to read yet does not exude that dull, dumbed down feel of some easy reader books. Read morePublished on April 11, 2009 by Groton_reader