Book Review and Giveaway: Stick Dog February 1st, 2013
Meet Stick Dog – a new breed of hero! In his first adventure, Stick Dog and his friends embark on an epic quest to steal a hamburger. With hilarious illustrations and pitch-perfect humour, Stick Dog is a must-have for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and similar.
Stick Dog and his friends, Mutt, Stripes, Karen and Poo-Poo have caught the scent of hamburgers and what hungry stray could resist that lovely meaty waft? All they have to do is follow the smell, find the barbecue and eat the hamburgers. But it’s not as easy as it sounds. The dogs need a ‘Master Plan’ and they’re not short of ideas. They’re just short of ideas that aren’t ridiculous, or dangerous, or just very very silly.
With hilarious artwork, and an adorable four-legged hero, the story of Stick Dog’s quest for a delicious dinner is destined to be Top Dog.
This book is great for reluctant readers, with great images and a silly sense of humour throughout that will get children giggling. If you have a dog in the house (and we have a 7 month old puppy) - your children will soon get exactly where Stick Dog and his friends are coming from – I’m sure our pup Sirius would join straight in with these adventures and my children agree with me.
This book was particularly popular with my 8 year old son, but even my pre-teen daughter (who is reading mainly teenage romantic fiction at the moment) picked it up now and again, and I even caught her giggling. I quite like it myself too, in odd coffee moments (but don’t tell the children…)
About the Author:
Tom Watson lives in Chicago with his wife, daughter and son. He also has a dog, as you could probably guess. The dog is a Labrador-Newfoundland mix. Tom says he looks like a Labrador with a bad perm. He wanted to name the dog ‘Put Your Shirt On’ (please don’t ask why), but he was out-voted by his family. The dog’s name is Shadow.
Early in his career Tom worked in politics, including a stint as the Chief Speechwriter for the Governor of Ohio. This experience helped him develop the unique, story-telling narrative style of the Stick Dog books. More important, Tom’s time in politics made him realize a very important thing: Kids are way smarter than adults. And it’s a lot more fun and rewarding to write stories for them than to write speeches for grown-ups.
I have got two copies of Stick Dog to give away to lucky readers. Please take a look at the Rafflecopter widget below.