Review! Stick Dog by Tom Watson

stickdogStick Dog … a really GOOD story with kind of BAD drawings
ritten (and [badly] illustrated) by Tom Watson
Series: Stick Dog
189 pages – ages 7+
Published by HarperCollins on January 8, 2013

Synopsis- Stick Dog is a homeless dog, but he’s happy. He’s never known any different, so he has it good. He lives in a dry pipe under a highway with a discarded old mattress to sleep on.And he has tons of lost balls and frisbees from the park he lives by. Stick Dog has good doggy friends – Karen (a dachshund), Mutt (a… mutt), Stripes (a dalmatian. Don’t ask), and Poo-Poo (a poodle. Also don’t ask. 😉 )).  And they love one thing (besides being friends), and that is hamburgers. In the summer, they all go to the park on an epic journey and try to find abandoned hamburgers.

What I Thought- Why I have never read any of these books before now – I will never know. I now <3 Stick Dog. If anything, above all, this book will make you hungry. It mentions food on a lot of pages – I like food. The book reads a lot like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but it is geared toward younger kids. The story is of a boy telling the story of Stick Dog for school. The first chapter is titled “I can’t draw, okay?” and the boy explains why the drawings in the book are – well – really not that good. They are nice stick-figures, but that’s not the point. The story is funny and features Stick Dog as the main character, the boy sometimes gets side-tracked in his story-telling, and mentions slightly odd topics, but that just adds to the wackiness of the book. Altogether the story is hysterical (if you like silly, wacky humor), and a fairly short read. The book is sure to get even the most reluctant reader involved in the story. There are 3 Stick Dog books out now and a fourth coming out in May 2015. Young kids will love this book.

I give “Stick Dog” 5 out of 5 bookworms! fivebooks

Want to learn more? Check out the Stick Dog website – HERE.

Categories: Age 6-9

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31 replies

  1. My son devoured all three of these books! And from what I understand there are more in the works. p.s. I don’t know why these books were not better marketed. Very odd! They’re perfect for reluctant readers.

  2. This sounds really cute (and tasty)! Hadn’t heard of Stick Dog before. Thanks for telling us about it!

  3. A local library told me about these. He said they were initially self-published. And that the kids love them. So kudos to Tom Watson for a great success!

  4. I DO love whacky humor and I love the idea of the kid going off on tangents! Great to hear of a self published success story.

  5. What a fun series for younger kids. It sounds like a large chapter book. Love the stick dog drawing on the cover.

  6. Cute! Sounds like fun. 🙂

  7. This is it, Erik. This is the one! It sounds absolutely fabulous. Matthew loves dogs in books. Fingers crossed he likes it. Thanks!

  8. I think it’s brilliant that the author has written (ritten) a play on the fact that the book is badly illustrated and written. Obviously, it is really well conceived.

  9. Now THIS is a book I can wrap my tiny brain around! Dogs, balls, BURGERS! Sounds like a perfect world!

    Love and licks,

  10. Silly, wacky books are perfect for that age group. And I like food too. 🙂

  11. And even the stick-like drawing on the cover is actually cute and eye-catching!

  12. I’m with Cupcake on this one!! How could I ever pass up sticks and balls and food?!!!

  13. Ths sounds very interesting. After reading your review, I searched for it online at my local library catalogue. They’ve all been checked out throughout the county libraries. The kids must really love it. Putting a hold on it now!

  14. Stick Dog does sound hilarious! Must check it out because of your fun review, Erik!

  15. I never heard of this book before, let alone that it’s part of series! The cover and title alone grabs me and to see a little <3 in your review makes me more than curious 😀


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