Stanley's Stick by John Hegley


Stanley's Stick by John Hegley

Stanley's Stick is a teaming-up of hefty talents - glorious poet John Hegley and award-winning illustrator Neal Layton. Stanley's stick is not just a stick. With a stick in hand, Stanley's options are endless - he flies to the moon, writes in the sand, goes fishing, plays a whistle and rides a dinosaur - and his imagination takes over and the magic begins. Hegley's lyrical prose captures the free-wheeling expressiveness of childhood, and Layton's deceptively simple illustrations are full of wit and character. Sweet, magical and thoroughly entertaining, this is Hegley and Layton's first collaboration.


Everything a picture book should be: funny, engaging, slightly odd and utterly original ... A delight from start to finish The Irish Times A must read ... delivers a very important message about material things ... this is, simply, a lovely book School Librarian This book should guarantee imaginative play The Sunday Times Beautifully written ... Stanley is a child many parents will recognise very well indeed The Bookbag '...wonderful rhythmic and a delightfully quirky text.

& Urchins A book celebrating the power of imagination. Brilliant illustrations by Neal Layton. Angels & Urchins This book should guarantee hours of imaginative play. Sunday Times Everything a picture book should be. Irish Times Simply, a lovely book. School Librarian This lovely book is simply a 'must have

's imaginative play... beautifully written. Early Years Educator'

About the Author

John Hegley

JOHN HEGLEY was born in north London and brought up in Luton. He now lives in Islington. His eight collections of adult verse have mostly been published by Methuen, and he has two children's books in print: My Dog is a Carrot, (2002, reissued 2007 Walker) and Monsieur Robinet, a dual-language storybook, pub Donut Press. He started out as a stand-up comedian/poet, performing his work on the festival and comedy circuit and he became something of a cult performer from the early 80s onwards. He has recently started to direct his writing and performances more towards children, but generally his shows will delight all ages. He plays the ukulele as part of his poetry performances. He is a Fellow of the English Association. John Hegley lives in north London.

Photo credit - Jackie di Stefano

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32 pages


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Publication date

5th April 2012



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