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Stick Man is a picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Donaldson and Scheffler are most famous for jointly writing The Gruffalo. Just like The Gruffalo, Stick Man is written in rhyming verse. In this book, a Stick Man (a live stick) goes on an adventure.

"Stick Man lives in the family tree
With his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three."

But it's dangerous being a Stick Man, as he soon finds out...

Reader's Reviews


Stick Man is very good, exciting and wonderful to read. I have read about two pages twice because it was fantastic! It was written by the same author as the Gruffalo. (Sapphire Age 9)


Stick Man tells the story of Stick Man who leaves his family tree one morning and finds himself being mistaken for a normal stick being used as a variety of objects, for example an arm for a snowman and a sword for a knight! He is desperately trying to find his was back to his family tree, however the harder he tries, the further away he seems to find himself. Just as Stick Man is falling asleep and feeling ready to give up he wakes to find himself about to be used as a stick for a fire. Suddenly, a noise from the chimney startles him and Stick Man finds himself on an even bigger adventure.

Stick Man is fantastic book written by Julia Donaldson, who has written a number of other books in a similar style, for example The Gruffalo and Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book. The book is written with a steady rhythm and rhyming format, with the rhyming words throughout the story making the book fun and exciting to read. There are elements of humour throught the book which is complimented by the images and illustrations by Axel Scheffler which are beautiful, brightly coloured and eye catching.

This is a brilliant book for any child who either loves to read or loves being read to. I would suggest that this book could be used for any ages of young child, starting from the Foundation stage, who could join in with the chants of the Stick Man, and enjoy the story as a whole, right up through Key Stage One, where the children could focus on the use of rhymes, the book could be used for guided reading for older children, or as a topic area focusing on Christmas for example, or even to assist with the topic of emotions (as Stick Man feels a variety of emotions from lonliness to happiness throughout the story). This is truely a fantastic book. Enjoy!


Parental Guidance

  • Reading Age: 5+
  • Reading Aloud Age: 4+


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  • Other picture books by duo Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

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