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Stick Man

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  2,374 Ratings  ·  193 Reviews
Stick Man lives in the family tree With his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three.' But it's dangerous being a Stick ManA dog wants to play with him, a swan builds her nest with him. Heeven ends up on a fire! Will he ever get back to the family tree?
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 2008 by Alison Green Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Paul
Jan 16, 2016 Paul rated it it was amazing
We bought this yesterday and had it as a bedtime read straight away. Actually quite the story sitting behind the rhyme.
The dangers for a stick man getting caught up in a game of pooh sticks must be terrible.
Kirsty Cabot
First read to Ivy 9/11/16

A brilliant story to read aloud, and perfect for winter/xmas!
Selma D
Oct 14, 2013 Selma D rated it it was amazing
Stick Man by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler
Age range I would use it for: 5 – 7

Brief Synopsis: This is the journey of Stick Man, trying to find his way back home after taken off route from his daily jog. The dangers of being a stick man away from home; dogs want to play, swans want to build and fire wants to burn. But on Stick Man’s journey he meets somebody stuck in a chimney, who could this be?
My Opinion:
I found this story really interesting, it takes the reader on a
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Louise
Jul 17, 2012 Louise rated it it was amazing
Donaldson's picture book tells the story of Stick Man and the troublesome adventure he experiences after beginning a jog. On this adventure, he wants nothing other than to return home to his family. However, Stick Man fails to receive this wish. From being a mast on a sand castle to being an arm on a snow man, Stick Man accepts that he may never return home. In a surprising twist, Stick Man is returned home by Santa just in time for Christmas.
This story is very enjoyable as it demonstrates the
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Nola
Aug 11, 2015 Nola rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Stick Man lives in a tree with his wife and three children. While jogging one day, he's fetched by a dog. All sorts of things happen to him after that and he ends up further and further from his family. He tries to explain that he's a Stick Man not a stick, but his explanation falls on deaf ears. Will he be reunited with his family before he's burned to a crisp in a fireplace?

Another good rhyming book from the author of The Gruffalo.
Jo Woolfardis
Fuck me, this was good. A genuine delight with humour for all. Wonderful: Donaldson's best I'd say.
Oluwatobi Majekodunmi
Jan 30, 2013 Oluwatobi Majekodunmi rated it really liked it
Julia Donaldson yet again produces a winning formula with The Stick Man. Taking an everyday object of a stick, the author gives it an identity and creates the Stick Man and his instantly loveable family of his ‘stick lady love and his stick children three’. The story follows the life of Stick Man as he is torn away from his family and depicted dealing with everyday situations for a ‘stick’ - he gets thrown to a dog, becomes a pooh stick and forms part of a birds nest to name but a few. Just as i ...more
Maureen
Jan 17, 2014 Maureen rated it it was amazing
Stick Man
Stick man is never given credit for being anything other than a standard stick, used for throwing, playing and fetching. Nobody considers that he might in fact be a family man, content living in his tree house with his ‘stick lady love and their stick children three’.
The book follows stick man’s quest to return to his family after being overlooked as a standard stick and used for throwing, playing and fetching. Help arrives in an unlikely form and stick man returns to his lady love an
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Leanne Lynch
Feb 01, 2012 Leanne Lynch rated it it was amazing
Stick man is never given credit for being anything other than a standard stick, used for throwing, playing and fetching. Nobody considers that he might in fact be a family man, content living in his tree house with his ‘stick lady love and their stick children three’.
The book follows stick mans quest to return to his family after being overlooked as a standard stick and used for throwing, playing and fetching. Help arrives in an unlikely form and stick man returns to his lady love and children.
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Carina Mcdonagh
Oct 11, 2011 Carina Mcdonagh rated it it was amazing
This is a book I discovered fairly recently. It tells the story of a stick man (literally) that gets in to all sorts of trouble including being played with by a dog and nearly burnt on a fire in his quest to return to the family tree where his 'stick lady love, and their stick children three' live. I really enjoyed this story it was different, funny and had a sense of danger about it which I'm sure children would love. It is also quite festive with a cameo from a heroic Father Christmas near the ...more
Laura Dowsett
May 08, 2012 Laura Dowsett rated it it was amazing
"Stick Man" by Julia Donaldson details the story of a literal stick person who faces various dangers based upon the fact that he is a stick. The stick man is trying to return to his family (who live in the family tree), but people continuously try to use him like a normal stick. Eventually, stick man escapes from all the dangerous situations and returns home to his family.

This is another Julia Donaldson book that lends itself to being read aloud due to the rhythmic and rhyming nature of the tex
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Farhana Imran
Jul 04, 2013 Farhana Imran rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully illustrated book about a stick which is a man with a family. One day he wanders off for a jog, encounters a dog who wants to throw and fetch it, a girl who throws him in the water, a swan who uses him to weave a nest etc Stick man longs to be with his family but ends up as a play thing for some animal or person he encounters along the way.

Julia Donaldson uses rhyme which is really fun to read, we become enthralled by the stick man and very worried for him. Will he be able t
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Al
Oct 19, 2014 Al rated it it was amazing
My niece's favourite Christmas story, which I read to her every time I visit.
Claire
May 04, 2014 Claire rated it really liked it
Book Review Stick Man

Julia Donaldson’s Stick Man is truly an undervalued book by this great author. This book is a simple story with a brilliant message. It details the story of a literal stick person who faces different dangers based upon the fact that he is a stick. The stick man is trying to return to his stick wife and stick children who live in the family tree, but people continuously try to use him like a normal stick. He is used by a swan as a twig in her nest. In addition, he sails out t
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Sandy
Jul 14, 2016 Sandy rated it it was amazing
What a cute story! Stick man awakes early and sets out for a jog and before he knew it, he was part of a dog's game. Stick man wants to go home to his tree where his Lady Love and his stick children three awaits but now his life has become a journey. So what can you do with a stick? As you read along in this fantastic children's story, you follow along in Stick Man's adventure as he moves from one scene to another as animals and individuals use Stick Man in their life. Whether for fun or for sur ...more
Tania Degale
Dec 21, 2012 Tania Degale rated it it was amazing
Stick man is great book that can be read to children all year round. However, with it's seasonal theme it's a lovely book to read at Christmas time. It is a good book for helping to develop young childrens memories. The story is written in beautiful rhyme:

Stick man lives in the family tree
with his stick lady love
and their stick children three
One day he wakes early and goes for a jog,
stick man, oh stick man, beware of the dog.

Stick man gets taken from the family tree and is used as a fetch sti
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Kathryn Boyle
Jul 25, 2014 Kathryn Boyle rated it it was amazing
This book tells the story of Stick Man and the troublesome adventure he experiences after going for a jog. One morning he leaves his stick lady love and his three children in the family tree. On the way, he meets an excited dog who wants to play with him and use poor Stick Man for his favourite trick.

When he finally escapes the dog, a girl picks him up and throws him into the water. A swan then swims along and uses Stick Man to make part of her nest. He later gets away and ends up getting washed
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Anna Nerkowski
Sep 13, 2011 Anna Nerkowski rated it it was amazing
Stick Man is a picture book about a stick man who lives in a tree with his stick family. Stick man gets into all sorts of sticky situations (pun intended) before returning safely home. This story is by the creators of The Gruffalo and is written in a similar style. It uses a pattern which includes repetition of certain rhyming phrases throughout the story.


I think this type of writing is extremely effective in getting the children to follow along with the story. The pattern is repeated so that ev
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Sundeep Purewal
Apr 09, 2014 Sundeep Purewal rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this book to my reception class they were totally engrossed within the story. I also enjoyed the story which nearly brought a tear to my eye!!

Donaldson's picture book tells the story of Stick Man and the troublesome adventure he experiences after beginning a jog. On this adventure, he wants nothing other than to return home to his family. However, Stick Man fails to receive this wish. From being a mast on a sand castle to being an arm on a snow man, Stick Man accepts that he may
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Elif
Aug 29, 2014 Elif rated it it was amazing
Julia Donaldson takes us through the epic journey of Stick Man who is taken away from his Stick Lady Love and Stick children Three. We follow Stick Man through the realities and dangers of being a ‘stick’ as he longs to get back home to his family tree. He is used by a dog to play fetch, used as an arm for a snowman and even ends up in a fireplace. Surprisingly he is saved by Santa and is reunited back with his family in time for Christmas. Overall an excellent and somewhat emotional adventure s ...more
James Bradley
Jul 19, 2013 James Bradley rated it really liked it
From the same writer and illustrator of The Gruffalo, The Stick Man is an adventure story that follows the trials and troubles of a stick, he leaves his tree house where he lives with his three children and his stick lady love. A variety of different things happen to stick man involving a dog, a swan, a river and a fire. Will he make it home safely to his family?
The story is easy to follow and the illustrations are detailed and interesting, I really enjoyed reading this book to a reception class
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Fjóla
Loved, loved, loved this book! But, is it a coincidence how much Stick Man reminds me of Norwegian author Anne-Cath. Vestly's hero Stick Man from the books about Little Brother and his stick man (and which I read over and over as a child)? Maybe part of my love for Julia Donaldson's Stick Man indeed comes from those fond memories. But, the book is great. It might be somewhat scary for the youngest ones, but it has a happy ending, and it doubles as a Christmas tale. The prose is great, so much fun to re ...more
Shereehorsley
Apr 27, 2014 Shereehorsley rated it really liked it
Stick Man looks like any old stick he lives in his family tree with his stick lady love and his three children. No one realises stick man has feelings as they just think he’s just a plain old stick. One morning stick man goes for a jog and on the way meets an excited dog who wants to use poor stick man for his favorite trick! Soon Stick Man is being used for all sorts of things: a flag mast; a cricket bat; even a stick for a fire! As summer changes to winter, Stick man is lost and frozen and beg ...more
Melissa Foley
Oct 27, 2012 Melissa Foley rated it it was amazing
"Stick Man" by Julie Donaldson is a cute and fun story about a stick man who lives with his family until one day he is carried away. Told in rhyme, "Stick Man" beautifully illustrates the many ways people use stick man despite stick man's desperate attempts to try and escape to his family. It is not until Father Christmas arrives that stick man is saved.

Ages 0-7

This book would appeal to children because of its beautiful illustrations and its rhymes. Also, it captivates children's interests becau
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Samantha
May 26, 2015 Samantha rated it it was amazing
Stick man is another classic from Julia Donaldson. The story shows stick man getting into trouble when he is used as a game of fetch by a dog. He is then used by other people as different objects on his journey including a flag for a sand castle and a pooh stick. He is desperately trying to get back to his family in the family tree but he just seems to be taken ever further from it. Until one day he is collected as fire wood in somebody's fireplace and is then rescued by Santa and taken back to ...more
Gwen the Librarian
Nov 02, 2009 Gwen the Librarian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
Oh dear! This is the story of poor Stick Man....well, here, let me start us off with a quote:
Stick Man lives in the family tree
With his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three.
One day he wakes early and goes for a jog.
Stick Man, oh Stick Man, beware of the dog!

Stick Man leaves the tree and, sadly, is forced to go on many adventures when all he wants to do is get back home. He is fetched, races down a river, is put into a nest, becomes the arm of a snowman, and finally, IS PUT IN THE KINDL
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Christina
Oct 22, 2014 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book worked really well for me with my Year 1 group at story time, they loved the rhythm and pace of the text and when I read out the repetitive phrases they joined in with me. Their favorite part was when Father Christmas got stuck in the chimney, they not only found it funny but it got them excited for Christmas time. The illustrations in this book are ideal for helping the children follow the story and keep up with the journey of the stick man. At the very end of the book when stick mans ...more
Sapna
Jan 26, 2013 Sapna rated it it was amazing
Stick Man has a long adventure as he is taken on a journey and used for many things. He is mistaken for an ordinary stick and goes through a long journey before he joins his family in their family tree. He is thrown to a dog, used as a Pooh-stick, put on a sandcastle as a flag, used as an arm for a snowman amongst other things, each time travelling further and further from his family tree. Stick Man eventually ends up in the grate but luckily Santa descends down the chimney and Santa delivers St ...more
Sarah
Oct 14, 2009 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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Growing up
I grew up in a tall Victorian London house with my parents, grandmother, aunt, uncle, younger sister Mary and cat Geoffrey (who was really a prince in disguise. Mary and I would argue about which of us would marry him).

Mary and I were always creating imaginary characters and mimicking real ones, and I used to write shows and choreograph ballets for us. A wind-up gramophone wafted out Cho
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