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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Series: Sticky Burr (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (April 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763635677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763635671
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

About the Author

John Lechner is an artist, animator, multimedia designer, puppeteer, and author-illustrator of the picture book A FROGGY FABLE. He lives in Needham, Massachusetts.

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My 7 year old son loves this book, and he returns to it often.
J. Miller
The very simple illustrations and the funny story line, the easy-to-follow graphic format and the occasional shot of the ridiculous -- do not hesitate.
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This is a fabulous book for young readers, and parents will also enjoy reading the book to their children.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book (Sticky Burr) is one of the most fascinating comic books I have ever set my eyes upon. It is exciting and adventurous. His friends are Mossy Burr, Draffle, and Princess Oralee. He saves his village from danger and destruction and is admired by everyone but Scurvy Burr (a BAD Burr) and his sidekick Spiny Burr.

I love this story and I think most kids with a creative imagination and a yearning to read exciting stories will absolutely adore this book. I recommend this book to children of all ages (and adults, too).

This book is definately not a waste of money and time. BUY IT.

(I am 10 years old, and I wrote this, but my mother entered it for me because she is faster at keyboarding.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Tobin on June 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My son loves reading this book - and sharing it with any friends and cousins who happen to come along - he loves the comics, pictures and characters, he's a huge fan and keeps checking on the author's website for more news of Sticky Burr - this book is sticking with us all! It is funny and a fun adventure! Great book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Snoweel on August 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
My boys, age 7 and 3, both love this book. The characters are cute and funny and do exciting things without ever being in real danger. The artwork has lots of neat details that reward careful examination. This is a great book.
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By A. Silverstone VINE VOICE on October 21, 2014
Format: Paperback
John Lechner combines the three elements that make a great children's book - eye catching illustrations, a fun story and a little bit of learning swirled in for good measure. We follow the adventures of Sticky Burr. With his love of art and music, he is not like the other burrs. While fleeing angry wasps as he was riding on the back of a dragon fly, Sticky Burr finds himself in the heart of the Maze Tree with a group of fireflies. After the make their way out, he returns to the Burr Village, he finds it overrun with a pack of wild dogs. It is time for the underdog, so to speak, Sticky Burr to rescue them.

Along the way, Lechner has aside pages that talk about the animals, insects and ecology of Burrwood Forest. They are done in a low key way to interest kids, but not make you think they are studying.

This is a fabulous book for young readers, and parents will also enjoy reading the book to their children.
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By S. Wu on January 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
We found Sticky Burr through the Amazon suggestions column, and I allowed my 5 year-old son to check out the "look inside" feature. Needless to say, he loved it! We purchased both Sticky Burr books for him, and he has fallen in love with the Burr characters. These are graphic novels he can easily read on his own (we find him curled up on the sofa with his Prickly Peril book), and he loves the plots and illustrations in both books. I love how Lechner throws in random Burr comments ("I'm hungry!") in various frames, and it's great to see a high-interest book without heavy violence.

I hope Lechner continues this series. We love Sticky Burr!
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By J. Miller on March 21, 2013
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My 7 year old son loves this book, and he returns to it often. He first began enjoying it before he could read because the illustrations are fantastic. Now he reads the captions to himself, and I regularly hear him literally laughing out loud from the backseat of the car or his bedroom as he reads this book (and the second one) to himself. He even considered being sticky burr for Halloween. This is a graphic novel that is sweet and completely appropriate for a child - hard to come by in this day and age!
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I first came across "Sticky Burr" in a kids' graphic novel section at the local library and my kids and I loved it so much we had to buy it. The characters are so cute, and the story so fun and engaging, that we really hope this author comes out with many more "Sticky Burr" adventures (there are currently two books). The artwork was so fun for my kids that we got out paper and pencils and had a blast drawing the characters ourselves. Great little book!
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Format: Hardcover
Sticky Burr is a little forest burr who sets off on an adventure to Burrwood Forest - there to be caught in the trunk of the dangerous Maze tree as Burr Village is being attacked by dogs. Can Sticky escape from his own danger in time to save his friends? This is a fun tale with a cartoon appearance and pages of fast-paced adventure; both of which invite kids to read.
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