Stick Man by Julia Donaldson

Stick Man

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.

The Lovereading comment:

This new picture book classic from the award-winning creators of The Gruffalo is dazzlingly original with a touching and witty rhyming story featuring an unforgettable hero with real sticking power.


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…

About the Author

Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson is the prize-winning author of the world’s most-loved picture books including What the Ladybird Heard and The Gruffalo, the latter of which has sold over 14 million copies worldwide, been translated into 50 languages and been adapted into a popular animated film. She was the UK Children’s Laureate from 2011-2013 and was awarded an MBE in 2011 for services to Literature. Julia lives in West Sussex and Edinburgh.

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32 pages


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Publication date

7th September 2009




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