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Didn't do it for me, sorry.,
This review is from: Stick Man (Hardcover)
One star would be churlish because there's always a lot of lovely detail in Donaldson/Scheffier books, but I really didn't like Stick Man. Too much peril, too much weirdness. It has a Christmas theme, so perhaps by Christmas my daughter and I will have warmed to it a little more, but there's too little pleasure in the book - Room on the Broom, for instance, is all rather lovely things until an exciting climax, whereas this is all rather miserable small tragedies over and over until a grim climax, and of course a happy ending. I think Mrs Stick Man was doing okay without her husband, too, she'd got presents for the kids, they were moving on, and with daddy coming back and facing the usual regular traumas, things can only get worse.
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Initial post: 5 Oct 2008 21:03:37 BDT
I agree. Not a classic. Julia Donaldson's rhyming couplets are my favourites amongst my children's books, but this one is lacking something - maybe substance, maybe warmth, maybe a moral. It's a nice addition to have, but unless you have a thing for sticks, not memorable
Posted on 14 Oct 2008 20:41:14 BDT
Mr. P. J. Hine says:
Mrs Stick was doing well!
Sorry, it was just a stick. Fantastic book. No more depressing than the witch constantly losing her belongings. My children (6 and 2) seem to be able to just get over it and move on. Julia Donaldson is a legend and if anything this is better than Charlie Cook (albeit Room on the Broom and The snail and the whale) are still my faves
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Apr 2009 13:52:02 BDT
Thank you, Mr Hine - it is just at stick, after all, and indeed a fantastic book!
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