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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  361 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Puppy loves his new stick. He wants to play! Now he just needs someone to play with.

Puppy is thrilled when he discovers a stick just waiting to be tossed and chased. But Cow is more interested in grass, and Chicken is more interested in a worm. In fact, all of Puppy’s friends are busy doing something besides playing with a stick. Poor Puppy! Finally, another equally enthu
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by Candlewick Press (first published April 1st 2013)
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Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
An adorable book about a puppy with a stick looking for a friend to play with. The illustrations are right up my alley: simple but cute, conveying a lot of emotion and attitude. I immediately purchased a copy for my 3-year-old nephew.
Aug 27, 2013 added it
Shelves: picture-books
STICK Who would've thought a book with so few words could be so "full"! :) Andy Pritchett has perfectly blended words with illustrations in this adorably charming book, clearly from the animals' perspectives. A must-read! And NO one can claim they don't have time to read THIS one! lol ...more
Kaethe Douglas
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dogs, picture-books
With deceptively simple illustrations, Pritchett manages to convey a surprising amount of energy and activity. He really nails the idea of a puppy with a stick who wants to play.

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Beth Bacon
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
So simple, so fun! Love the way that this book uses the dimensions of the pages to help convey the motion of the stick. The dog wants to play fetch, and in the end, gets what he really wants all along: friends.
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Puppy finds a stick and tries to find a playmate who is interested in playing with the stick with him. I really loved this book! It is very spare but conveys the whole story very eloquently.

The Good
The drawings are simple and expressive. Very few words make it accessible to all ages.

Recommended for
Younger children because it really is a picture book! Very sweet illustrations as Puppy tries to find a playmate as interested in the stick as he is.
Dec 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute little story of finding a friend.
The illustrations are bright and energetic, and the dialogue very simple. It's a good read for very young ones (I think there were about 6 words used altogether) and could be a good one-on-one read with a little bit older. The simple story and dialogue give a lot of space for kids to fill in the story themselves.
Good pick for a storytime theme on dogs or friends.
The Book Squirrel
Puppy has a stick (holding it in his paw instead of carrying it in his mouth like a normal dog) and wants to play. "Stick?" says Puppy to the cow. "Grass," says the cow. He asks a few other farm animals.
Not finding anyone to play with, Puppy throws the stick away... but another puppy throws it back! They start a game and the other animals join in. The puppies become friends.

This is a simple story (told in one-word per page) and the illustrations are very simple cartoons. It was OK.
This simple but gorgeous story book manages to convey the hope and power of friendship in just six words. A puppy has found a stick, and wants a friend to play with, but the other animals are more interested in other things. But the puppy keeps going until he finds a like-minded companion, and then the fun begins. Very popular storytime read with our children.
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
A book with very little words but very rich meaning. Shows how not everyone is always into the same things as others and explains how people can still learn to get along. Definitely a book about friendship. For very young children.
Miss Sarah
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
An elementary and up picture book about a girl and her brother running errands where she is telling everyone to meet her in the park that night for something magical. Will anyone show and what could the magic in the sky be?
Lianne Goates
Oct 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LOVED it! Simple, bold, tells a story that little ones will understand. Plus, the absence of lots of words allows children to create their own sub-story.
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
This is a story told in pictures with a few words. I'd describe it as cute, but not engaging. ...more
Jenna Mills
Nov 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: children-s-book
I really didn't get this book ...more
Jun 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
I don't like books without a story. ...more
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very simple but effective tale about the importance of finding friends who actually share your interest in stick-fetching... With very simple text, my preschooler enjoyed being able to "read" (from memory & visual clues) this book. ...more
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
A little dog finds a stick. He is so, SO excited. So when he sees a cow he says, “Stick?” To which the cow replies, “Grass!” Off the dog goes to find another animal and ask if they want to play. But alas, all the other animals are too busy with other things. Soon the dog is very sad that nobody will play with him. In his frustration (illustrated by a black rain cloud in his thought bubble) he throws the stick away. But then it comes back. Another dog has come and wants to play. The two dogs have ...more
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This sweet, little book is bright, fun and mostly wordless, depicting the story of an adorable puppy who happens upon a simple stick and goes off in search of someone who will play with him and his exciting new toy. Eager with anticipation, puppy invites a series of animal friends to play with him. “Stick?” he asks the cow, “Grass” the cow says, “Stick?” he asks the pig, “Mud,” the pig replies and so on until puppy is ready to give up and in a fit of dejection, tosses the stick away. To his surp ...more
Scot Johnson
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Andy Pritchett
Stick is an early childhood book based on an anthropomorphic dog who wishes to play with a stick. The dog searches for a playmate but finds other animals interested in other things. Will the playful pup find a playmate?

The book had an easy to follow plot with simple words and repetition such as "stick"? Words corresponded with pictures to aid in a child's reading development. For example, the dog would ask a cow, "stick?", and the cow would reply "grass", and the book would introd
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Stick! by Andy Pritchett is a book about a playful dog with a stick. He is looking to play with other animals but they are doing their own activities. Another dog finds him and they begin playing, the other animals play with them shortly afterwards.

This book is a good read for early childhood readers. The plot is easy to follow and only one word, with "stick" being the main one. It follows an easy rhythm and simplicity that would make a child understand it. The illustrations are colorful and dra
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
One cute little doggie looks for a friend, but none of the other animals want to play with his stick. The cow just wants grass, the hen just wants worms, and the pig wants mud. Sad, the dog tosses the stick away, but he's surprised when it comes right back to him! Yep, there's another dog who likes the stick, and now, new friends have found each other.

The text is limited to one word per page (often just "stick"), so kids who are just beginning to sound out words will really love this one. Super
I really liked this book. It was very simple, with only one word per page, if that, but the illustrations were excellent and the story was very good. I liked how the dog tried to get various animals to play "stick" with him, but they each preferred to do something more to their liking: the cow wanted to eat grass, the bird wanted to eat a worm, and the pig wanted to play in the mud. :)

I liked this story for the simplicity of it: via extremely limited text, it teaches small children basic facts a
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
The little dog is frustrated and depressed because of the animals he meets understand the greatness of his stick. Finally another little pup arrives who fully appreciates the stick. Together they have so much fun that cow, pig and chicken decided maybe a stick is worth playing with after all. The bold and colorful illustrations are simple yet eye-catching and make great use of the page. The minimal text that accompanies these bright pictures does a great job showing how a simple stick can bring ...more
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
What is fun to one person, is not always fun to another, but playing together is always pleasant. To Dog, his favourite toy is his stick, a word which he repeats over and over. With each passing page, Dog meets a new animal, who enjoys their own activities. Like the words, the colours are simple, with solid backgrounds surrounding simply designed creatures. These backgrounds change for each animal, or to express certain feelings, like Dog's gloom. Everything about this book aims for the minimal, ...more
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pic-bks, preschool
Andy Pritchett’s little white dog is thrilled to find a stick. “STICK!” he exclaims on the title page. But he can’t play a game of Fetch the Stick all by himself. So “Stick?” he asks Cow—who isn’t interested. She wants “Grass!” Chicken wants a worm and Pig just wants mud. Dejected, Dog throws the stick away…but the stick comes flying back. Clunk! Someone else wants to play, and friends are made in the five-word picture book, STICK!

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Love the pictures. I really enjoy the simple picture books with only a word or two per page and much in the illustrations. It's great to get the kids looking for clues and putting what they're seeing into ideas and words to tell the story. This one is simple enough that it could be used for the preschool and toddler crowd. And I think I may try it for movement storytime, since the shorter and simpler the better with the young 'uns I'm getting.

Could work in teaching friendship, too.
Kristina Jean Lareau
Minimalist words and clean, digitally colored pencil drawings should make for a fun story. Not that this one is not fun, but it is pointless. It makes zero sense to me. I don't even want to read it aloud because it is just lacking that something. Why do all the animals refuse the stick from the first dog, but once the second dog has it, it's awesome? The colors are great and bold, but, no. I just don't. ...more
Erin Buhr
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Dog has a stick and he is searching the farm for someone to play with but the pig has his mud and the cow likes his grass. No one seems interested in playing with his stick. This book uses only six words to tell a playful story of finding a friend. The bright, bold illustrations grab the reader's eye and perfectly express the dog's range of emotions from hopeful to sad to elated. The brief text is perfect for toddlers or for early readers. ...more
This is simple book about a puppy and his stick. He gets a stick and tries to find a friend to play with but that takes a bit of effort and he despairs of finding someone until he finds another puppy. Along the say, he asks other animals, like the pig who wants to play in mud. The word stick is repeated -- and is the only word-- in the book so children have a change to relate the letters in the word to the sounds.
Any review I give will be longer than the book itself. Creatively simplistic book that uses only 5 words, but tells a whole story with about one word per page, punctuation (? and !), and the facial expressions of the animals. Similar to Elephant and Piggie books, but much simpler, if you can imagine.
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Andy Pritchett’s favorite thing is a pencil, which is like a stick but smaller. Some of his other favorite things are eating cake and sharing a house with his girlfriend and a very noisy cat. This is his first picture book. He lives in Norfolk, England.

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