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This is an excellent non-religious holiday book for younger children. We discovered this at a used bookstore "story time" where the grandkids used empty toilet paper rolls and pipe cleaners to make their own stick men after listening to the story. Check it out!
From School Library Journal 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 –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Stick Man Audio CD – Audiobook, June 7, 2010 by Julia Donaldson (Author) Review
Beautiful book. A really great story simply told yet enjoyable for all age ranges. I highly recommend getting the movie it was FANTASTIC! This book is a wonderful addition to a family library. -Read Reviews-
We’re huge fans of Julia Donaldson – especially the Gruffalo series and Room on the Broom. I’d read that Stick Man was going to be turned into a movie this winter and decided to purchase the book prior so we could be familiar with the story. My almost 3 year old daughter received this book for Chanukah, just before Christmas. (Yes, we celebrate both. ) She instantly loved it, and we read it every night until Christmas and a few times since. My husband just found the new Stick Man movie and says it’s as good as the other Julia Donaldson movies. I can’t wait to watch it with my daughter.