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Not a Stick Hardcover – December 26, 2007
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While the book is fine on its own, it's too slavishly similar to "Not a Box." Whether it's the author or the publisher making that decision, I don't know. I do know that my boys, who loved "Not a Box"--and rightly so--they like this just fine, but it's nothing special. The original has been read ad infinitum in the last year, and to this day. This has been in the house for less than a week, and it's already passe.
Even without "Not a Box" for comparison, I've got to say, the pig just is not as engaging a hero as the bunny. It's a fine book when you read it in the store, but would you really want to read it over and over and over? Some of the phrasing is awkward--"look where you're going with that stick," likely done to avoid overusing the word "watch," which is in the very next line--and the lovely sound and rhythm that came from pairing "not" and "box" is lost here.
The similarly creative, and creativity-encouraging, "Harold and the Purple Crayon" books each build on the previous and go to new places, new worlds. Right now, I'm afraid of the same repetition that hit the "if you give a blank a blank" books. Or even "The Very Adjective Insect" by Eric Carle. (Blasphemy, I know.) I don't want to see that happen, because based on "Not a Box," I think Ms. Portis may be better than that.
That being said, I know I wouldn't be buying "Not a Ball," "Not a Chair," "Not a Sock," "Not a Hoop" or "Not a Blanket." We get it. Please, show us something new, something more.
And then... Not A Stick arrived in our bookstore! Thank you! Thank you! Ms. Portis. The pig is adorable, my girls are happy, they yell "It's not a stick!" just like the refrain from Box. We're all enjoying the fun new drawings of the pig's imagination.
Not A Stick, Not-A-Moment too soon!!!
This charming sequel to Not a Box is a treasure in it's own right. An ode to those who find the world more interesting than the plastic schlock that's mass-produced for them to play with, Not A Stick is perfect for the imaginative child in your life, or the college kid who thinks outside the stick. Move over Wilber, Portis' piggy is an adorable addition to the pantheon of ovine literary heroes.
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I received exactly what I expected...a book in very good condition, at a good price, and when I needed it.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is wonderful! Teachers, try this for some creativity spring boarding.......Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great fun. My second graders enjoyed drawing their own "not a stick" pictures.Published 4 months ago by Shafka
While this book may be fine for young children it will likely not be of that much interest to most older children and adults. I get the point. Read morePublished 5 months ago by 1234