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Stick Dog

Stick Dog

Book - 2013 | First edition.
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Introducing everyone's new best friend: Stick Dog! He'll make you laugh ... He'll make you cry ... But above all, he'll make you hungry. Follow Stick Dog as he goes on an epic quest for the perfect burger.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780062110787
Characteristics: 189 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Long, Ethan - Illustrator


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Part of the "Stick Dog" series.

First in the Stick Dog series.

Part of the "Stick Dog" series.

Say hello to Stick Dog! He'll make you laugh...and cry with it's hilarious stick-figure drawings. Follow Stick Dog as he goes on an epic quest for the perfect burger. If you like this book, you will also enjoy Stick Cat!

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May 21, 2019


Oct 24, 2018

What a good book this is! It is a great, funny, entertaining book that stars the most sensible of 5 nice dogs, and the other 4 that are just as creative and nice, and less logically minded, which makes them just as great. You will turn page after page, and be sad to end it, but don't worry, there are 7 more in the series! I recommend it!

Dec 23, 2015

"What I liked is that the narrator said that he was a terrible drawer." Review submitted by Gabriel for the Minecraft Book Review Raffle.

Jun 07, 2014

stick dog is a really good book.
every body should read is really funny.

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

The cover implies a subtitle that doesn't show up on the official title page (and thus doesn't get included above), but it's worth sharing now: "A Really GOOD Story With Kind of BAD Drawings."

In the first chapter, "I Can't Draw, Okay?" the narrator let's us know his stick-figure pictures are definitely not acceptable to his art teacher, so readers have to agree that's acceptable to them and to go with it. And: "When it comes to my English teacher's rules for writing, I'm reminded of a word my little sister made up when she found a worm in the yard: "barf-a-lucci." . . . So the final thing we need to agree on is that this Stick Dog story (with the bad pictures that my art teacher doesn't like) will also be told in a way that I like (but my English teacher doesn't)." If you're good with that and the narrator's snarky, witty voice ("After [the art teacher] left my desk and walked over to congratulate Jack Krulewitch on drawing a far superior and lovely dog with lots of realistic curves, I decided to prove her wrong. I like proving people wrong. It comes naturally to me.")--oh, and his frequent asides from the narrative to ponder and explain side issues--then you should have a ball with the rest of the book.

The rest of the book tells the story of Stick Dog and his four friends--Poo-Poo the Poodle, Stripes the Dalmation, Karen the Dachsund, and Mutt the Mutt--attempting to steal hamburgers one afternoon from humans grilling in the park.

The first big obstacle is simply getting to the park, which requires they convince Poo-Poo that pursuing hamburgers is more important than pursuing a squirrel they encounter along the way. "They're more than just important to me," said Poo-Poo. "That's a gross underexaggeration. Squirrels are my archenemies! Ever since I was a puppy on the dairy farm, they've been torturing me." Since the only workable plan Poo-Poo comes up with--his ideas for using a giant slingshot, cannon, and trampoline to get up into the tree are poo-pooed by the others since none of those pieces of equipment are at their disposal--is waiting for the squirrel to eventually come down from the tree, Stick Dog eventually convinces him to move on by using reverse psychology.

Once at the park, the dogs must overcome numerous other distractions and unworkable plans before finally figuring out how they will attempt to steal the burgers. Each is funnier than the last in its silliness and lack of sense.

This is an excellent new entry in that category commonly called "Wimpy Kid readalikes"--constant simple sketches to illustrate humorous text--for young readers looking for a fun, absurd little story.


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Dec 26, 2016

AveryZ thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 11

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JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

Stick Dog has a nice home and good friends.

But when it comes to being a dog, there's something else that's really super-important. I bet you can guess what that is. If you're a dog, you can almost certainly guess what it is.

Then again, if you're a dog and you're reading this story, then you should probably stop reading right now. You many not know this, but dogs that can read are extremely rare. And that means you have the opportunity to be rich and famous and have all the rawhide bones and puppy snicker-snacks in the world. So get yourself down to the local television station and start reading in front of everybody.

Now, if you're not a dog reading this story, I'm going to assume that you are a human. If you are, then try to guess what's just as important (maybe even more important) to a dog than a safe home and good friends. . . .


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