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Author: Julia Donaldson / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 06 December 2012 / Genre: Picture Storybooks / Publisher: Scholastic / Title: Stick Man / ISBN 13: 9781407132327 / ISBN 10: 1407132327 / Alternative EAN: 9781407106175

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      14.03.2014 17:05
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      Fun, catchy book that keeps children engaged in the story.

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      INTRODUCTION
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      Not too long ago, my three year old daughter got quite poorly and had to have a few night stay in hospital . She asked if she could have some new books to keep her occupied in hospital so my mum, being such a good Grandma, went straight out and bought her a big selection of books. Stick man was one of them.

      Out of all the bright coloured, fun looking books, which were in the huge pile of new books, my daughter was immediately drawn to Stick Man and wanted it read to her straight away.

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      JULIA DONALSON
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      Stick Man is written by Julia Donalson, who is most famous for writing 'The Gruffalo'.
      We own many of her books and they are all just as brilliant! Her style of writing it so clever and catchy and never fails to keep children hooked. Stick Man is no exception.

      She writes in a rhyme and is also quite repetitive in her writing.
      The repetitive style is what I think children love. Because of this style, children who listen to her stories find it easy to keep up with the story line and what is happening in it. They are also able to easily remember the story themselves or at least repeated lines, my daughter often enjoys 'reading' the story back to me. This is great for her learning as while she thinks she's reading it to me, she's actually memorised it but it is getting her familiar with writing and different letters as she looks at the words.

      In the Stick Man story, the most repetitive lines are;

      "Stick Man, oh Stick Man, beware of the..........(dog, girl, swan...)"
      "I'm not a stick! Why can't they see? I'm Stick Man, I'm stick Man, I'M STICK MAN THAT'S ME, and I long to be home in the family tree"

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      THE STORY
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      The basic story line is about a 'Stick Man' who was out one day and got mistaken, firstly by a dog, for an ordinary stick and is carried away and played with. As the story goes on, Stick Man is continued to be mistaken for 'just' a stick by lots of different characters including a girl, a swan, a boy and a Dad.

      Stick Man gets increasingly frustrated by being mistaken so often and carried off to where he doesn't want to go to as he just wants to go back to see his wife and children in the 'family tree'.

      Eventually, Stick Man has been mistaken for a normal stick again and is laying on a pile of wood in someone's fireplace when Santa gets stuck up the chimney. Stick Man helps him get out and in return Santa takes him home to his 'family tree'

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      ILLUSTRATIONS
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      The pictures in this book, and many of Julia's other books, are by Axel Scheffler.
      Alex Scheffler is a German book illustrator. The pictures are really lovely. They are bright, colourful and fun, but also clear for children to look at and help keep up with the story. The pictures are brilliant and really show what Julia is describing in her story but also keep the children engaged in the story.

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      PRICE & AVAILABILITY
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      My Mum purchased our copy of Stick Man from Tesco's. It is widely available from all good book shops, larger supermarkets and online.

      It is currently selling on Amazon for £4 with free delivery.

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      I have no complaints about this book! It is fun and catchy. My children love hearing this story and looking at the pictures and I actually enjoy reading it to them.
      It is a lovely book and story and gets my children to actually enjoy books.

      5 out of 5 from me!

      Thank you for reading my review

      xx Mrs K xx

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        23.09.2013 19:19
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        A great bargain book with a Stick Man as the main character

        ===The Product===

        Large paperback 8.5 x 10.5 inches.
        Julia Donaldson (Author), Axel Scheffler (Illustrator).
        Large colourful pages.
        Cover front and back has a snowy scene.
        30 pages of story.
        Publisher: Alison Green Books (7 Sep 2009)
        ISBN: 978-1407108827.



        ===Cost===

        RRP is £6.99.
        Price currently on Amazon is £4.00.
        I had a bargain on Amazon recently and bought the book new for £1.75.



        ===My Opinion===

        This is a large and colourful book suitable for both boys and girls.

        The covers are glossy and thick card and have snowy scenes - the front having an image of the Stick Man with foxes and birds and trees while the back cover has a cute snowman with the three Stick children and the Stick Lady. So this book book is a definite item that would make a super Christmas gift.

        I was fortunate enough to be able to buy this for just £1.75 which was a super bargain.

        I am delighted with this book which I am now keeping as a Christmas gift for my great niece as I think having all the snowy images on the cover and also Santa inside as part of the story it is better to keep it for the festive season.

        'Stick Man lives in the family tree
        With his Stick Lady Love and their Stick Children three.'

        ===The Story===

        This book is about the adventures of the Stick Man, who lives in a cosy tree with his wife and three children.

        The adventures start when Stick Man goes out for a jog, but gets picked up by a dog and taken away. The story follows his colourful antics - he manages to get away from the dog, but is then picked up by children and used to play Pooh Sticks in the river. He floats down and then gets used by a swan to build her nest. Later he escapes and floats out to sea, only to be later used to hold the flag on a sand castle.

        Later the Stick Man is used as the arm of a large snowman, but as it melts the Stick Man is left on the ground thinking that he will never get back to his family. He then gets picked up and taken indoors and is put in the grate to light the fire - he is fast asleep - will he wake up in time?

        But Stick Man is disturbed by someone stuck in the chimney - who he helps to dislodge. Its Santa - and he is so grateful. Stick Man then helps him deliver presents and last of all Santa drop the Stick Man off at his tree home where he is reunited with his family.

        ===What I Thought===

        This is a lovely and colourful book and would make a great Christmas gift.

        The pages are filled with colourful illustrations and there is only a few lines of mostly rhyming text per page. The illustrations are detailed and there is a lot to view on each page.

        We start by seeing Stick Man's lovely tree house where his little children play. Then he is taken off by a dog, some people have said this is scary for children but no harm comes to Stick Man and he then goes in the river with the children in the park. The beach pictures and details are colourful and then we come on to the snow scenes with snowmen and carol singers.

        The book ends with Santa and a nice touch is that in one image there is a large Christmas tree which has a bauble featuring the face of the Gruffalo - great if the children are acquainted with the story.

        I always find that the illustrations in children's books are more important than the story in a way as you can find lots to talk about if the illustrations are colourful and detailed with lots of little items that would interest the child.

        The last few pages are also gorgeous - they show the inside of the Stick Man's home - with the little children asleep in the bed made of twigs and covered in leaves instead of blankets. They have little acorn toys and on the next page it shows their little table surrounded by little red and white toadstool seats.

        The Stick Man is something that can be thought about and played in make-believe games when outside.

        You can make your own Stick Men or play Pooh Sticks. You could even make a little Stick Man out of felt - something which I may do for my great niece.

        I do not think you can have too many Christmassy books as they do help to make the season festive and are enjoyable to read during December.

        Though this book is not exclusively about the holiday season so does not have to be packed away with other Christmas books but can be read all year round.

        I am a new convert to Julia Donaldson's publications and I shall continue to buy them for my niece as I find them most enjoyable.



        ===Star Rating===

        5 stars.



        ===Would I Recommend?===

        Yes.



        ===Website===

        www.gruffalo.com

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          16.09.2013 10:36
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          firm family favourite

          What can I not say about this book. I've purchased this recently and was fully intending to keep it as a xmas eve treat for my littleones. But when I opened it and had a little read the book was very engaging. I knew I'd read it later that day.

          Initially I read it to my 2 year old and he was engrossed from start to finish. The illustrations were beautiful and he loved the whole story from start to finish. From the dog chasing him, the girl throwing him in the river and the swan adding him to her nest.

          He did get a little freaked when he realised Stick man was sitting on the fire but it only showed how the book had grabbed him. He quickly felt better when he realised Santa was making his way down the chimney. So of course stick man becomes Santa's helper and then brings the Stick man back to the "family tree".

          This has quickly became a strong favourite in my house (and that's just from me) and my children are forever reciting: "I'm stick man, I'm stick man".

          Must have book for Xmas but it's an everyday book for us now. Everyone with young kids must buy this book.

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          04.08.2013 22:46
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          Lovely

          We first came across this book in the library and when I pointed out to Sophie that it was about the Stick Man from the Gruffalo's Child that we had not long since watched performed on stage she couldn't wait to read it. We borrowed the book from the library and have since bought the book to go with the other Gruffalo books we have, the RRP for the book is £5.99 which is about average for this sort of book and we bought it online paying about £4.00.

          The books cover shows the Stick Man running though the trees on a snowy day, the Stick Man has a great big smile on his face and there are a number of little animals around him all of which we had come across in the other books from the range. The books title is across the top and Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler the author and illustrators names are across the bottom. The front cover of the book is really well drawn and the character looks really mischievous.

          The story is about the Stick man who starts the story going for a jog until a Dog catches hold of him, he escapes from the Dog when he has to be put on a lead but then he comes across a girl. The girl picks up Stick Man and throws him into the river where he meets a large Swan who wants him for her nest, Stick Man escapes the nest and drifts out to sea where he eventually ends up on the beach. On the beach he ends up a flag for a castle then there is a list of things he says he is not before the season changes and he ends up in the snow and being an arm for a snowman.

          Poor Stick Man ends up frozen in the cold and falls asleep, little does he realise whilst he is sleeping deep that he has been added into a grate for a fire, Stick Man lays dreaming of his wife and his children until a cry of "i'm stuck get me out" wakes him. Stick Man helps to free a foot up above him in the chimney and eventually Santa lands on the floor, Stick Man helps Santa to deliver the presents and then Santa delivers him back to his house where his wife and his kids are fretting about their Stick Dad.

          The story is written in rhyme and it flows really well, there is a couple of sentences which are repeated numerous times throughout the book which Sophie likes to join in with, "I'm a Stick Man, I'm a Stick Man, I'm a Stick Man that's me, I want to go home to the family tree." Each page of the book has a couple of lines on it and there are 30 pages in the book so it is quite long however it reads quite quickly and holds both my 3 year old and my 6 year old girls attention.

          The pictures in the book are lovely, they are bright and detailed and support the story perfectly. The book has a lovely story and has a happy ending which after everything Stick Man goes through in the book is lovely, Emily actually cheers when we reach the end of the book and Stick Man gets back home to his family tree. The book is great value and is a story which won't age so it will be passed down through the family, it is great quality and a lovely book to share as with every Julia Donaldson book we've ever read, certainly worth 5 stars.

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            25.04.2013 12:27
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            He's a Stick Man

            My 4 year old daughter received this book for Christmas last year, and in the short space of time since then it has earned its place as favourite book to read at bedtime (for me and my daughters).

            Written by the famous children's author Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, you just know it is bound to be a hit with children and adults alike. The version we have is a small hardback boardbook, which is just the perfect size really, and a lot easier to read and handle than the larger paperback version.

            **Stick Man**

            "Stick Man lives in the family tree
            With his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three"

            Unfortunately for Stick Man he ends up going on an unplanned magnificent adventure - he gets to play fetch with a dog, thrown in the river as a pooh stick, used as part of a nest for a swan, stuck in the top of a sandcastle, and numerous other things that a stick may be used for, until he finally ends up on a fireplace ready to be burnt! However, fortunately for Stick Man he is rescued by a jolly fellow dressed in red, and ultimately returned home to the family tree.

            Whilst those adventures I mentioned above sound very exciting, Stick Man is less than pleased to be passed around and used as various implements, and he expresses his anger each time shouting:

            "I'm Stick Man, I'm Stick Man, I'M STICK MAN, that's me, And I long to be back in the family tree"

            But this seems to fall on deaf ears each time, and towards the end of the story he appears to give up on his quest to return home, but as I said earlier he does get rescued and it is a happy ending.

            **What The Kids Thought**

            My kids loved this straight away, they liked the rhyming text, and they liked the repetitiveness of Stick Man shouting "I'm Stick Man, I'M STICK MAN!" over and over again. They loved to see what scrapes he gets himself into as he is played with by various different children and animals. They especially like when he is used as a Pooh-stick - they laugh every single time, especially when he says "I'm not a Pooh-stick!"

            Towards the end he is used as an arm for a snowman, and they also find this amusing when he protests that he most certainly is not an arm. I think the children can really relate to the story and this is one of the reasons they enjoy it so much - they love to play with sticks, every time we go to the park they always find a stick to play with, there's something about sticks that kids love, and to have a story based around one must seem such a novelty.

            The story has a happy ending, and for children I think this is a must, especially since they have just witnessed Stick Man being put through his paces, then left in the snow to freeze, and finally in a fireplace. To be rescued by probably their favourite person in the whole world (Santa in case you hadn't already guessed) is a perfect ending to a very entertaining story.

            **My Thoughts**

            Like the children, I immediately fell in love with this book, the story is unique in that it is based around a twig, but it is also something the children and I can relate to. The way it is written really helps you to feel good as you are reading the story, the rhyming text allows you to accentuate some of the words and give meaning to the story, especially when Stick Man is fed up!

            In the past I've found Julia Donaldson books to be a bit on the long side and have found that the children tend to get a bit restless before the end; but with Stick Man they are riveted every time, and at 30 pages long, this is quite a feat! They are captivated from the first line right to the very last. I think it helps that the book seems to be divided into three sections; the first being where Stick Man is being used over and over again for the various things, and it has very easy and repetitive text. But then the pace changes as he seems to give up on himself; we feel sad and sorry that he may not get back to the family tree and the text seems to slow down a lot; but finally the story picks up again as he is rescued and returned to his family, and it returns to the familiar bouncy text we had at the beginning. The ending is perfect with a real feel-good sense to it with Stick Man being returned home, and I mean, who doesn't like Father Christmas!?

            **Recommendation**

            I would highly recommend this book if you have children. Mine are aged 4 & 6 and they both love it equally. I'm not sure whether you would get away with reading it to a child younger than 3 because it is quite long, I suppose it just depends on their attention span!

            The paperback version is currently available on Amazon for £4.00 (April 2013).

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              03.01.2012 12:22
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              sweet idea!

              This is by far the favourite book in our household. The central character, Stick man is lovely. He lives in the family tree with his, "Stick Lady Love and Stick Children three." The story is about Stick Man becoming lost and trying to return back home. Along the way he is mistaken for a number of objects and there is a festive twist at the end. The pictures encourage the children to 'read' along and identify what object Stick Man is being mistaken for.

              The language in this book is really nice. The rhymes make it easy to remember, encouraging children to read along with you. Since owning this book, my son is constantly quoting, "I'm Stick Man, I'm Stick Man, I'm Stick Man, that's me, and I want to go home to the family tree!"

              As the front cover shows, this book is set in the winter. Although it does feature Santa, I would say that is is a fun read, all year round!

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              An excellent book

              Stick man is a book that I purchased for my son as a gift for Christmas last year. What drew me to the book was the fact that it was by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler who worked together on the Gruffalo books and I personally love those books and so does my son so I thought it would be likely that we would enjoy this book too.

              The stick man book that we have comes in a paper back version. The front cover shows a smiling stick man running through the snow as a dog and fox seem to be watching on. The front cover is really well drawn and makes the book seem appealing as far as I am concerned.

              As you go into the book you begin to learn the story of the stick man who lives in a tree with his stick lady love and his three stick children. One day the stick man goes out for a dog but encounters a dog that chases him, catches him and proceeds to play catch with him with his owner! Eventually when the dog drops him stick man can carry on with his journey but continues to walk right into hazards such as children throwing him into a stream and a swan using him in her nest. Through all these events the stick man ends up very far from home and starts worrying about his family and just wants to go home to his family, he is very tired and falls asleep in a pile of wood which is going to be lit for a fire. Who can save the stick man? Well of course it could only be the one and only Father Christmas and we are left with a happy ending after all!

              Throughout the book the stick man repeatedly says "I'm not a stick! Why can't you see, I'm a stick man, I'm a stick man, I'M A STICK MAN, that's me, and I want to go home to the family tree!" and so like the Gruffalo books there is a section of prose which can be familiar to the child reading it and they can begin to join in with it even if they are not able to read the story themselves yet. What it also similar to the Gruffalo books is the easy flowing rhyming of the story. I personally really find it easy to read a book with a rhyme to it and I think it is great for the rhythm of the story as well as an opportunity to talk to your child about rhyming words.

              The illustrations in the book are fantastic. There is so much to see on the full illustrated pages and you can really spend some time talking about what is going on in them for example my son and I talk about the different animals we can see on the pages or how many of a certain thing we can see on each page. The illustrations are bright and colourful and really pleasant to look at.

              I really love the feel good factor about this book as despite the stick man encountering so many problems on his journey all is well in the end and who better to save the day than a beloved children's character such as Father Christmas. My son really enjoys reading this book with me and he is able to read it on his own now as he is quite an able reader however we do like to read this book at bedtime sometimes together and I am sure it will be read much more on the run up to next Christmas!

              You can pick up this book for around £4.00 from amazon although the rrp of the book is actually £7.99 so you would be likely to pay this should you buy it in a book store. I picked this book up from the book people online and I think it cost £3.00 at the time and it is well worth that money for a book that we are going to read over and over again.

              Thank you for reading my review!

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                22.07.2010 12:08
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                An enjoyable read on the adventures of Stick Man

                'Im Stick Man, I'm Stick Man, I'm Stick Man thats me' for everyone who is aware of the fabulous Gruffalo books this is written by the same author Julia Donaldson and Illustrated by the same person Axel Scheffler and follows the same rhythmic pattern as The Gruffalo.

                This book follows stick mans adventures after leaving his tree to go for a jog he gets caught by a dog who carries him away Stick Man then has to find his way back to his 'family tree'. It's sees Stick Man travel to the park, down the river, out to sea, to the beach as the seasons change a great opportunity for discussing the weather!. It shows Stick Man being used as many things a sword, a pen, a boomerang all off which children can relate to from their own play. The book end's at christmas with Stick Man being carried to someones home to be put on the fire, their is only one person who can save him now....... Santa.

                This is a wonderful addition to your christmas story collection. I work in a nursery for children ager 2-5 years and all of the children enjoyed this book 'can we have the special Stick Man book today' they all eagerly asked at storytime on the run up to christmas.

                I picked this book up in Asda for £4 after been drawn to the 'by the creators of The Gruffalo' sticker on it. The illustrations also give you lots of things to discuss with your child such as the change of seasons effecting what we where, feelings 'stick man is lonely why do think that?' 'how do you think Stick Man feels now he is going home?', discussions on what you can do with sticks, we made our own version of Stick Man and the children acted out the pictures from the book which I took pictures of and displayed for further discussion.

                Overall a brilliant story great illustrations and enjoyed by a wide age group even me at 26 lol. Its just a shame it is a christmas book but I am sure this years group of children will enjoy it just as much as last years did.So keep a look out for this one when the christmas things hit the shops, which judging by last year won't be far off.

                I also write reviews on other sites under the same name.

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                  11.07.2010 08:05
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                  Donaldson and Scheffler in winning form

                  In the World of Children's Books, there can be some pretty varied items taking the role of main character; amongst some of our favourite books a teddy bear, varied assorted animals are featured, and in an earlier book by Julia Donaldson the author of this book, it is a very brave snail who is the hero. It's fair to say, however, that when I first opened this book to read it I couldn't see how a stick was necessarily material for a major character or interesting story.

                  I should, perhaps, have known better than to underestimate the powers of Donaldson, who has here once again teamed up with Alex Scheffler as illustrator to produce a book with instant child appeal. Stick Man starts the story living in a tree "with his Stick Lady Love and their Children Three" - we are in rhyming territory here from the off here as Stick Man sets off for a jog, and gets picked up by...... a dog, clearly. Thus follows a strangely compelling story as our wooden hero is passed from one stick-lover to another and becomes variously part of a Pooh Stick game, a snowman's arm, a child's play thing, a sword and is used in various different ways all whilst wanting to go back to his family.

                  I loved the way that the author has really understood what any parent knows to be true: sticks are fundamentally fascinating to children, and to make one into a main character who wants to be recognised as more than a stick is pure genius. The refrain "I'm not a stick! Why can't you see, I'm Stick Man, I'm Stick Man, that's me," runs through the book and begs to be joined in with, which it was from the oft in our house. The illustrations, as I have come to expect from this duo (we own several other titles by the team), are glorious and really complement the gentle rhyme.

                  The story comes to the most satisfying of endings as Stick Man is finally recognised as being more than just a piece of tree and is reunited with his family by a very jolly Father Christmas - this doesn't ruin the story or mean that it is just seasonal in my opinion, children like the reference to a character that they appreciate and love. For me, as an adult reading this as a bedtime story, I really enjoy this story too - it seems to be a little shorter than some of this team's other titles and quicker to read than, say "The Gruffalo" (also their work), whilst still being satisfying to parent and child.

                  If you are considering buying this lovely book, I personally prefer the paperback version, we borrowed the hardback from the library before buying our own copy and, in my experience at least, the colours are better in the paperback. I missed the text on the first page the first time I read the book in hardback form as the contrast between text and the picture is not as good as in the paperback.

                  I would say this book is perfect for any child from one and a bit up, and my nearly 7 year old still likes it. There is plenty to talk about in the illustrations which are detailed and full of things that are part of children's experience. The rhyming text rattles along nicely and, overall this is just a wonderful book. If you haven't read any other books Donaldson has produced you may have been missing out. If you want to discover them with your child even though a Stick Man might seem a strange character to love, loveable he is and this book is as good as an introduction as any to the wonderful world of Julia Donaldson, I highly recommend it!



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                  Paperback: 32 pages
                  Publisher: Alison Green Books; 1 edition (6 Aug 2009)
                  ISBN-10: 1407108824
                  ISBN-13: 978-1407108827

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                    09.06.2010 21:59
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                    A great book to enjoy with your children

                    Having read the Gruffalo, Gruffalo's Child and various other Julia Donaldson books when I saw Stick Man in the book shop I bought it. I didn't even flick through it first, I just assumed it would be as entertaining as the rest of her books.

                    Illustrations:

                    As is usual with Julia Donaldson books the illustrations are by Axel Scheffler. For those who don't know his art work he draws realistic cartoons with his own distinctive style. Each page has a full scene illustration with loads to talk about with your children aside from the characters featured in the story. Axel Scheffler also has references to some of the other books he's illustrated in the past and Stick Man himself has featured as the Gruffalo's Child's toy.

                    The Story; Contains spoilers

                    The tale is basically about a stick man that has a family and pops out one day, he's caught by various animals and people, they use him for various activities. Each time he wonders why they only see him as a stick and not a stick man. The final person to pick him up wants a stick for the fire, he's fast asleep and doesn't realise. He's woken by Father Christmas shouting because he's stuck up the chimney. Stick Man helps Father Christmas out of the chimney and Father Christmas helps Stick Man get home.

                    Conclusion

                    The writing in this is simple and straight forward whilst keeping children entertained and involved. The repeating patterns allow children to join in quickly and helps develop their language.

                    My children love this book and ask for it often. My three year old follows the simple story but isn't quite old enough to really understand the emotions of the characters, which is quite a big part of the story. My sixteen month old enjoys the rhythm of the words and the familiarity of the book day after day after day (sometimes twice in one day) but I don't think he understands the story at all. And as for me, well I've read this book so often that I can quote it word for word and we've only had it a couple of months, saying that I still enjoy reading this book with my children.

                    I bought this on a three for two offer. RRP £6.99, cost per use 12p so far, I expect this to get a lot less.

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                    16.12.2009 21:08
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                    A fabulous little book.

                    Stick Man was written by Julia Donaldson and it was published for Christmas 2008. Although it has a Christmas theme it is a story that children can enjoy at any time of the year.
                    My little nephew has the hard back copy which we bought from W.H.Smith and it cost just under ten pounds but the paperback copy is a good few pounds cheaper. Considering that the book is nearly a year old it is still in very good condition, the hardback cover can be wiped over and the pages inside are good quality paper.

                    Julia Donaldson has written some incredible children's stories and although we have read some of them over and over again to the children as bedtime stories I never really tire of reading them.
                    Her vivid imagination takes the characters in her books on some wild and wonderful adventures and the storylines are clever and well planned. Many of Julia's stories have a little moral behind them and I find that endearing. Julia appreciates that bedtime stories need to be interesting and captivating without being too long and lengthy and most of her books are only about thirty pages long, which is just about right.

                    Naturally Stick Man does not live in a conventional home, he lives in his family tree His beloved family comprises of his `Stick Lady love` and his three little stick children.
                    One morning Stick Man decides to go jogging but it seems that he is destined to be shoved from pillar to post as the day goes on.
                    Sticks come in useful for one hundred and one different things and each person who comes across our Stick Man can find something new for him to do.

                    Dogs love chasing sticks,
                    Pooh sticks is a great game to play on a warm summers day,
                    Nesting birds need sticks to build their homes,
                    A stick makes an ideal flag pole to top off a beautiful sandcastle,
                    A sword for a Knight,
                    A pen,
                    A hook for a bag,
                    A cricket bat,
                    A bow,
                    A boomerang,
                    Or maybe an arm for a snowman !

                    But Stick Man gets frustrated with life, he may be a stick but he is an important stick who has a stick family who needs him. His frustrations boil over and he repeatedly says " I'm a Stick Man, I'm a Stick Man, I'M A STICK MAN, that's me !

                    Stick Man ends up having such a busy day after being used by so many different people for so many different tasks that he ends up lost, lonely and tired out.
                    But then Lady Luck smiles upon him and his last job as a stick that is being used to light the fire ends up as his salvation.
                    Stick Man is laying asleep in the grate when he hears someone calling for help and I wonder if you can guess who that someone is ?

                    As usual Axel Scheffler has illustrated the book in style and in particular he has made a fabulous job of the Stick Family themselves.
                    Christmas in the Stick Family home is as magical as anywhere and that happiness is very evident.
                    On one page you see the Stick family children in bed and the duvet is a bed of autumn leaves, that has to be my favourite illustration.
                    On the bedroom floor you will see one of the Stick children's toys and that just happens to be an acorn that has wheels and it can be pulled along on a string !

                    I know it is a bit late to order for this Christmas but I am sure that children really would enjoy this book at any time of the year and I feel that it is a super story.

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                      09.11.2009 13:14
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                      a great offering from Julia Donaldson

                      As soon as we received the Gruffulo last year as a present, we have been reading more titles from Julia Donaldson as my daughter has really taken to her rhyming style of writing.
                      We saw Stick Man in the library so we added it to our pile. I think this week it has been the most well read book in our house.

                      Stick Man is yes you guessed it a stick. Unlike any other stick he is about to go on a journey through the book trying to find his way home to his "family tree".
                      The book starts when stick man leaves his tree to go for a jog, but soon gets chased by a dog. Escaping from the dog, poor stick man is accosted by a little girl wanting to play pooh sticks with him. As he trails down the river a swan catches him for her nest, before he manages to get free and floats into the sea.
                      Being the finishing touches to a sandcastle isn't what stick man wanted to do when he washed up on the beach, but as he frees himself from that predicament, poor stickman finds himself freezing in the snow as the seasons change.
                      Ending up on the fire waiting to be lit, it seems that stick man really has met his fate, until rescue comes in the form of Santa Claus, who returns stick man to his family tree in response to stick man freeing Santa Claus from the chimney above the fire.

                      The outline of the book sounds quite farfetched, but it really does gel well together and in perfect rhyme as is tradition in Julia Donaldson books.
                      When we started reading stick man I will admit to thinking it was going to be a silly book with no strategy to it at all. The only one annoying rhyme that is repeated is that of stick man himself where he states "I'm stick man, I'm stick man, and I'm stick man that's me".
                      That sentence did grate on me but it did work with the book and helped toddlers identify that the book is about a little stick.

                      There is a lot going on in a fairly short book which I thought could be quite distracting, but I think the above rhyme helped centre the story around its purpose. The guest appearance by Santa Claus was great and perfect for reading around this time of year.
                      As usual the graphics are illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Each page is full of colour and character with many tiny features that make the book special. For example my daughter pointed out a small Christmas decoration on the tree that was in the form of the Gruffalo. If you have ever read the Gruffalo with your children then they may spot this reference.
                      Pictures tell a lot of words for children and I have found this to be a great trait with Donaldson and Scheffler. You can almost make the story last a lot longer if you chose just by the pictures.

                      This book has become a firm favourite in our house and I think we may even be buying it because it's available from Amazon in paperback for just £2.97 which is a bargain for a loved book.

                      ISBN: 978-1407108827
                      Published: 2009

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                        Would make a lovely stocking filler from Santa

                        My eldest son has been a fan of The Gruffalo since he went to see it being preformed as a play at our local theatre. I knew that Julia Donaldson had written other books, but I hadn't heard of Stickman until I saw Derek Jacobi reading it as part of the Cbeebies bedtime hour, then I bought it from Waterstones for £5.99, but as part of a 3 for 2 deal.

                        The book, which features lovely illustrations by Axel Scheffler (which all of Julia Donaldson's books seem to) follows the story of Stickman, who decides one morning to go for a jog, but gets picked up by a dog and gets taken far away from his family. It follows him as he passes from place to place, animal to person, being used as lots of things that you might use a stick for like a pen or a boomerang or a bat, but no-one understands or hears his cries of ''I'm Stickman, I'm Stickman, I'm Stickman that's me''. After a long time it gets cold and Stickman gets tired, so he lies down for a rest, but he finds himself in terrible danger, in a fire ready for lighting. No one can wake him, and disaster might strike!

                        But he is awoken by a Stuckman, or Santa infact, and he helps Santa down the chimney, and Santa recognises Stickman, and after Stickman has helped Santa deliver presents, he takes Stickman back to his family tree, and gives Sticklady and the children the best Christmas present ever.

                        It's a lovely story, and my 8 year old still loves it. It's a verse, so you can give real feeling to reading it, and use the voices for Stickman and Santa. As I have said, the Illustrations are lovely, and Julia Donaldson's words are fantastic, great for reading but not too detailed for early readers.
                        Its still a favourite and I would recommend this as great bed-time reading. A real feel-good book with a nice happy ending despite all the drama for poor Stickman.

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                        30.09.2009 11:44
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                        Thoroughly recommended

                        Having enjoyed several books by Julia Donaldson in the past my sons and I were very excited when they recieved Stick Man as a gift for their third birthday. This book sees the popular author team up with the illustrator Axel Schefler once again, the winning team that created classics such as The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, A Squash and a Squeeze and The Snail and the Whale.

                        This book tells the story of Stick Man, who lives happily in the family tree with his wife and children until one day tragedy strikes and whilst out for a jog he is picked up and carried off by a dog. As the story unfolds Stick Man tries his best to get home but is thwarted at every turn- he ends up being used as a Pooh-stick, on top of a sand castle, being used as a sword, as a bat and a bow, as no-one realises that he is not just any old stick, but is in fact Stick Man. As the line repeated throughout the book goes 'Im not a stick! Why can't you see, I'm Stick Man, I'm Stick Man, I'M STICK MAN, thats me'. We see the seasons change as Stick Man continues his travels, until just as it looks like Stick Man might meet a sticky end, he is rescued by someone quite unexpected.

                        Stick Man is written using the lovely rhyming text characteristic of all Julia Donaldson books, and as ever, Axel Schefflers illustrations bring the story to life for young children with their wonderful detail. This book has been a great hit in our house, and is especially recommended at the moment as we are in the run up to Christmas due to its festive ending. It is a perfect length for a bedtime story, and a joy for parents to read, not always the case with children's books! If you have been a fan of other Julia Donaldson books, you will not be dissapointed!

                        Stick Man is published by Alison Green books, and available on Amazon for £2.99.

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                          Another brilliant offering from the talented duo of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

                          Stick Man is a lovely heart-warming, humourous book and a perfect bedtime story (it's also not too long - which is a bonus when the wine glass is calling!)

                          We have many of the Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler books in our house, but Stick Man is by far and away our favourite!!! I have a 3 and a 5 year old. The elder, has always loved books and listens intently to anything read to her - so is easily pleased. The younger is a different story; gets bored quickly, stops listening or grabs the book and closes it!

                          Stick Man pleases both children (and adults). I get very animated reading this book. It has the usual Donaldson lilting rhythmic pace, but also draws empathy and ultimately euphoria, more so than any of her other books. Even my DH - who reads everything in monotone - manages a bit of intonation!
                          I think the beauty of these books is that the sentences are short and rhyming , yet the use of language is clever, rich and engaging. After the second read, everyone chimes in with the chorus "I'm Stick Man, I'm Stick Man, I'M STICK MAN, That's me!..."

                          Another brilliant offering from the talented duo of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

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