Written by Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
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Creators of The Gruffalo, best selling author/ illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler are back with another bestseller on their hands. “Stick Man lives in the family tree/ with Stick Lady love/ And his children three”. But one day Stick Man is pounced on by a dog. Help! This is not what Stick Man wants….While others find many ignominious uses for Stick Man – a bat, a pen, a bow and a boomerang among others – Stick Man does all he can to find his way back home…And, happily, he does! A brilliant visual treat.
Stick Man by Julia Donaldson
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 builds her nest with him. He even ends up on a fire. Join Stick Man on his troublesome journey back to the family tree.
Below are some answers to questions we asked Julia about her book Stick Man.
Q. Stick Man is a very original, unusual character. How did you dream him up?
A. I like if possible to include a refrain, but they can be hard to write. I’m quite pleased with the Stick Man refrain, which goes: “I’m Stick Man, I’m Stick Man, I’M STICK MAN, that’s me,
A. I’m still always up for a game of Pooh-sticks. I used to be a great tree-climber too. When my own children were little our favourite outdoor game was The Three Billy Goats Gruff which we would act out whenever we found a bridge over a stream (and that gave me the idea for another picture book, The Troll, which comes out next year).
A. As a child it was always autumn, because of the colourful crunchy leaves, but now I love spring best.
A. Yes. The Stick Man puppet is wonderfully bendy, with a little sprig of leaves and a mouth which can open and close. And the stick children are three really sweet finger puppets.
A. Hmm – I’m not a great one for sequels – but mind you, I said that about The Gruffalo yet went on to write The Gruffalo’s Child, so you never know…
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