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Stick Dog Hardcover – January 8, 2013
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Stick Dog (so named for his rudimentary depiction by narrator Tom, who claims an inability to draw) and his doggy friends—Poo Poo, Karen, Mutt, and Stripes—are strays living in a suburban park. One day they detect “a pleasant aroma” (grilling hamburgers) and decide to satisfy their hunger at whatever cost. The chase that follows involves distractions (a squirrel in a tree), misunderstandings about the family that is grilling, and a series of ludicrous attack plans that surprisingly results in a tasty conclusion. Watson’s humorous debut novel is reminiscent of Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid and Lincoln Peirce’s Big Nate series. It features succinct text, oversize type, and frequent cartoon illustrations, all printed on what looks like notebook paper. The humor and format will attract readers, but the canine camaraderie, development of distinct characters, sprinkling of perceptive comments, and Stick Dog’s quiet but effective leadership (in particular, his kind responses to his pals’ ridiculous attack plans) will ensure devoted fans. Here’s hoping more Stick Dog adventures are in the works. Grades 3-6. --Kay Weisman
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Introducing everyone's new best friend: Stick Dog!
He'll make you laugh . . . he'll make you cry . . . but above all, he'll make you hungry. Follow Stick Dog as he goes on an epic quest for the perfect burger.
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The drawing is intentionally amateurish; the dogs are stick figures. Except there's more going on here than you might imagine, and the author manages to fit a considerable amount of expression and personality into the drawings. You get a sort of "less is more" vibe, and the young reader is drawn into paying more attention to the writing. That said, the simple drawings clearly illustrate what's being related in the text and so end up being amusing and helpful. Let's hear it for stick drawings. Think Picasso, but with more tails.
The vocabulary is at a high but fair level - one dog doesn't speak to another, he "addresses" him. That's not outlandish, but it represents a real step up in the level of sophistication of the writing. The overall effect is that this is a book that encourages a young reader, ever so gently, to step up his or her game in terms of reading confidence and ability. Pretty nice for a stick figure dog story.
There is word play and a great deal of clever conversation. But, there's also just a lot of silly, engaging dog stuff. The dogs tease each other, compliment each other, and play with each other. They have adventures, meet other animals, and explore things. There are set pieces, but a lot of the action just involves Stick Dog's bemused management of this gang of knuckleheads.
The upshot is that the book is funny, calm and welcoming. It is sneaky in that it has charms that are not immediately evident, but that become clear as you read it. It's sort of like a stray dog that works its way into your home, (like Stick Dog himself). How cool is that.
Among his friends, Stick Dog is the leader of the pack. They all defer to him when they are stumped with something. He is smart and can read. He is also kind and faithful to his friends. He understand them and treats them fairly.
I liked this book a lot. The book made me hungry because the dogs were always trying to find food, and a lot of it was about food. The author uses vegetables to describe his drawing skills. Broccoli looks like cauliflower and looks like a tree. He was right about broccoli and trees looking very much alike. His asparagus looks like french fries. It says that some people don't like vegetables, but I like them a lot. Stick Dog was funny. Some parts made me giggle and even made my father laugh. As soon as we finished it, I wanted to find the next book.
Please, please, please, write more Stick Dog books - and soon!
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