by: Steve Breen
Published by: Dial Books for Young Readers
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Reviewed by Sarah van Ingen
Steve Breen, Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, has entered the world of children’s books with flair. His first picture book is called Stick and tells the story of an all-too-confident young frog who likes to do things on his own. This little frog is in for the adventure of a lifetime when his tongue “sticks” to an enormous dragonfly, and he is taken for a ride through the Deep South. The theme of this story will ring true for all those with little ones who sometimes find themselves in over their heads while trying to discover the world.
The simple story line of Stick is enjoyable, but the real appeal of this books lies in its beautiful illustrations. Each page is covered in vibrant color. From the bayou to the French Quarter, the illustrations are engaging and certainly show a slice of life from the Deep South.
The book is targeted for children ages four and up. The words are few, and the engaging graphics plentiful. I think the young ones in your life will find this story truly delightful and will want to look at the pictures over and over again.
If you’re not already convinced to pick up a copy of this book for a child that you know, you may be interested in knowing that author Breen will be donating a portion of his royalties to Hurricane Katrina disaster relief. Here is a children’s book that is visually appealing, geographically informative, and contributing to the rebuilding of a great city.
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