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STICK by Steve Breen

STICK

By Steve Breen (Author) , Steve Breen (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 6

Pub Date: March 1st, 2007
ISBN: 0-8037-3124-8
Publisher: Dial

For his children’s debut, Pulitzer Prize–winner Breen sends a small frog with a sticky tongue and notably bad aim on an impromptu tour of New Orleans and environs. Hooking a passing dragonfly instead of a tasty mosquito, Stick gets literally carried away—hurtling out of the bayou, through a small town, past Antoine’s and other French Quarter landmarks, then out into the countryside, with sudden brief stops on a horse’s nose, a biker’s face and elsewhere. At last, with a fine disregard for the natural predator/prey relationship, Breen sends the weary amphibian winging home aboard a friendly heron. Though not so rich in plot or pratfalls as the likes of David Wiesner’s Tuesday (1991) or Jennifer Armstrong’s Once Upon A Banana (2006), illustrated by David Small, this comic outing is drawn with confident simplicity, and presented in a sequence of large, wordless, or nearly wordless, panels. A promising beginning. (Picture book. 4-6)