Stick Man by Julia Donaldson
Julia Donaldson yet again produces a winning formula with The Stick Man. Taking an everyday object of a stick, the author gives it an identity and creates the Stick Man and his instantly loveable family of his ‘stick lady love and his stick children three’. The story follows the life of Stick Man as he is torn away from his family and depicted dealing with everyday situations for a ‘stick’ - he gets thrown to a dog, becomes a pooh stick and forms part of a birds nest to name but a few. Just as it looks as though Stick Man’s days are numbered, as he is placed on a fireplace, he is rescued by every childs hero, Santa, who helps him find his way back home.
This magical story captivates children’s imaginations from the outset as this is an object children play with in the park and all of a sudden it has a life of its own. On first read this book is an instant hit, and is shortly followed by demands to be read again. For younger readers some of the concepts require some explanation as they look to understand the origins of the character but this only acts to encourage imagination.
As they listen to the tale you can see them also transfixed by the illustrations which bring the story to life – Axel Scheffler’s pictures tell their own tale and the attention to detail means children like to go back through and study them.
The ingenious idea of The Stick Man makes it a humorous read for parents too, and read with such enthusiasm naturally gives it greater appeal to children.
This Stick Man book review was written by Floresiensis
Have you read Stick Man?
We've found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them. So if you have a spare moment, please tell us your thoughts by writing a reader's review. Thank you.
Stick Man reader reviews
Honor from Ireland
No matter how many times I have read Stickman, I find it as delightful and charming as I did the first time. An absolute treasure, such wonderful illustrations, too.
Tallulah from England
I think it's funny and realistic.
Harry from UK
Great book from the Gruffalo's Child author. Just as great as The new Snow Lion series. Probably will be a classic like The Snowman.
Miriam from England
I loooooooooooooove it, it was a fantastic story. To me you are the amazing story ever!
Emily from Auckland, NZ
Awesome book! I enjoy reading it as much as the kids
9.8/10 from 6 reviews
Write a reader review
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on this book, it really makes a difference and helps readers to find their perfect book.
More recommended reading in this genre
Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak’s children’s picture book has become an acknowledged classic. A winner of the Caldecott Medal for the Most Distinguished Picture Book of the Year...
Come To Tea On Planet Zum Zee
If you take your rocket to the outer edge of space, you'll come across a funny little alien place. The alien people call it Planet Zum-Zee, and they're meeting here...
The Beauty Contest at the Zoo
What can the animals play before the zoo opens? Maisie knows - they'll have a beauty contest. But how will each animal persuade her that they should win? And which one ...
Lost And Found
There once was a boy... and one day a penguin arrives on his doorstep. The boy decides the penguin must be lost and tries to return him. But no one seems to be missing a pe...
How To Catch A Star
Draw and colour pictures from the exciting adventure 'How to Catch a Star'. Beautiful artwork and story-based questions will stimulate young imaginations in this go...
Morris the Mankiest Monster
Irresistibly, exuberantly disgusting, a new picture book from the author of Giraffes Can't Dance, with a hero who flosses his teeth with slugs Meet Morris, the world&rs...
Fun & Games at the Zoo
Maisie and Bertie join the animals at the zoo for their Fun Day in this fun, rhyming and educational story, the follow up to 2010's successful 'The Beauty Contest a...
Crazy Creepy Crawlies
This book contains... Some insects that sting and some others that bite; A spider, who gives flies a terrible fright; Some creatures with wings, that like flying around and...
Poor Duck, he has to do everything around the farm whilst the Farmer lies in bed eating chocolates and gets fatter and fatter. “How goes the work?” the Farmer a...
Great fantasy books published in 2008
Toll the Hounds
In Darujhistan, the city of blue fire, it is said that love and death shall arrive dancing. It is summer and the heat is oppressive, but for the small round man in the fade...
The Hero of Ages
Tricked into releasing the evil spirit Ruin while attempting to close the Well of Ascension, new emperor Elend Venture and his wife, the assassin Vin, are now hard-pressed ...
On the day the world ends... Mau is on his way home from the Boys' Island. Soon he will be a man. And then the wave comes - a huge wave, dragging black night behind it ...
Stick Man lives in the family tree. With his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three. But it's dangerous being a Stick Man. A dog wants to play with him, a swan ...
The Graveyard Book
When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resid...
The Spook's Mistake
As danger increases in the Country, Tom is sent north by his master to be trained by Bill Arkwright, another spook. Arkwright lives in a haunted mill on the edge if a treac...
The Ten Thousand
10,000 elite mercenaries of a legendary race known as the Macht are hired by an Empire exile to take the throne by force. But when their employer is killed, and they are su...
Liga raises her two daughters in the safe haven of an alternative reality, a personal heaven granted by magic as a refuge from her earthly suffering. But the real world can...
The Two Pearls of Wisdom
Under the harsh regime of an ambitious master, candidate Eon is training to become a Dragoneye - a powerful Lord able to master wind and water to protect the land. But Eon ...
Looking for more suggestions? Try these pages: