Andy Pritchett illustrated collaboratively on comic book Tank Girl as well as working on the Tank Girl movie adaptation and cult comic book Shade: The Changing Man. He also illustrated and coloured stories for Sonic the Hedgehog comic. Stick! is his very first picture book.
Newcomer Pritchett tells his story with brisk economy: two puppies, one stick, one word per spread, and a few barnyard animals. "Stick?" offers a white puppy whose black ears look like a set of quotation marks; he's holding it out to a cow against a bright green backdrop. "Grass!" replies the cow, turning him down. "Stick?" the undeterred puppy excitedly asks a hen, seen against a sky blue background. "Worm!" she replies. Not until he finds another puppy who is as excited about his find as he is ("Stick! Stick! Stick!") do the other animals leave their activities to rally round and play with the puppies: "Stick!" they all cheer happily. As the stick party ends, the pups recognize each other as special companions ("Friends?" says a thought bubble they share), and they romp off together, just the two of them. It's an elementally simple portrait of the moment when two kindred spirits discover each other. Pritchett's polished graphics and bare-bones storytelling have a board-book feel, and will hold the interest of very young readers. Ages 3-7. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
PreS-Gr 2-With effervescent colors; whimsical, cartoon-style characters; and an economy of words, this picture book tells the story of an energetic little dog who is incredibly excited about the really cool thing he just found: a stick! Unfortunately, the other animals seem less enthused. "Stick?" asks Puppy hopefully. "Grass!" responds the cow. "Stick?" he tries again to a bird. "Worm!" it responds. In typical good-dog manner, he doesn't let their dismissal get him down. He eventually meets a fellow canine friend who can appreciate his discovery. With only six different words and speech balloons that indicate which character is speaking, this title would work well for new and emerging readers. The bright and bold pencil and digitally colored illustrations are reminiscent of Bob Shea's I'm a Shark (HarperCollins, 2011) and Dinosaur vs. Bedtime (Disney, 2008). Young children will understand Puppy's excitement over a new toy and the joy of finding a friend who will play along.-Kiera Parrott, Darien Library, CT (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
an exciting new picture book talent * Lovereading4kids.co.uk * This is an almost wordless picture book, leaving plenty of scope for the imagination. The illustrations are stylised. . . the imaginative older reader will help the younger child fill the visual gaps by talking about the context and motives surrounding each stage, as the story develops, and encouraging the child to construct different mental images at each reading * Carousel *