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Not a Stick
by Antoinette Portis


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Antoinette Portis again captures the thrill of when pretend feels so real that it becomes real. With a stick in hand, the options are endless whether it's conducting an orchestra, painting a masterpiece, or slaying a dragon give a child a stick and let imagination take over and the magic begin."  Read more...


 
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Overview

Antoinette Portis again captures the thrill of when pretend feels so real that it becomes real. With a stick in hand, the options are endless whether it's conducting an orchestra, painting a masterpiece, or slaying a dragon give a child a stick and let imagination take over and the magic begin."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780061123252
  • ISBN-10: 0061123250
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publish Date: January 2008
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Imagination & Play
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Pigs

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 55.
  • Review Date: 2007-12-24
  • Reviewer: Staff

Where Portis's Not a Box featured a plain brown wrapper, this winning sequel proffers a faux wood-grain cover. And where the earlier title featured a deceptively boxlike, hollow rectangle (which an inventive rabbit treated as a rocket or a race car), this follow-up introduces a little pig holding a long, forked object. An unenlightened voice offstage suggests, “Hey, be careful with that stick.” The pig corrects the false impression (“It's not a stick”) and demonstrates the item's many uses. Portis traces pig and plaything in a heavy black line on negative space, then superimposes jaunty blue line drawings that act as overlays to reveal the pig's imaginings. The pig stands astride the stick, and a rearing horse shape appears. The pig holds the stick at its midpoint and it becomes a paintbrush, aiming toward Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night. Where the offstage warnings appear in white italics on a gray ground, implying a drab rejection of fantasy (“Watch where you point that stick”), the pig's statements are printed against a deep and dreamy blue. Portis repeats her previous formula down to the conclusion, where the pig calls the DIY toy “my Not-a-Stick!,” once again appealing to those who think outside the box. Ages up to 6. (Jan.)

 
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