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on 18 March 2013
I bought this book for my little sister,(8 yrs) she absolutely loved it! She really hopes that Tom Watson writes another book and that he will make a series of Stick Dog books.

I would recommend this book to children aged 7-10 because it is quite easy to read, but very enjoyable.

I hope you found this review helpful, and I am looking forward to finding out.
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This book is an enthusiastic and inspired combination of stick drawings, challenging vocabulary, cheerful wordplay and shaggy dog, (literally), adventures. There is a tremendous sense of happy camaraderie among the doggy characters.

The drawing is intentionally amateurish; the dogs are stick figures. Except there's more going on here than you might imagine, and the author manages to fit a considerable amount of expression and personality into the drawings. You get a sort of "less is more" vibe, and the young reader is drawn into paying more attention to the writing. That said, the simple drawings clearly illustrate what's being related in the text and so end up being amusing and helpful. Let's hear it for stick drawings. Think Picasso, but with more tails.

The vocabulary is at a high but fair level - one dog doesn't speak to another, he "addresses" him. That's not outlandish, but it represents a real step up in the level of sophistication of the writing. The overall effect is that this is a book that encourages a young reader, ever so gently, to step up his or her game in terms of reading confidence and ability. Pretty nice for a stick figure dog story.

There is word play and a great deal of clever conversation. But, there's also just a lot of silly, engaging dog stuff. The dogs tease each other, compliment each other, and play with each other. They have adventures, meet other animals, and explore things. There are set pieces, but a lot of the action just involves Stick Dog's bemused management of this gang of knuckleheads.

The upshot is that the book is funny, calm and welcoming. It is sneaky in that it has charms that are not immediately evident, but that become clear as you read it. It's sort of like a stray dog that works its way into your home, (like Stick Dog himself). How cool is that.
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on 26 March 2013
I chose a 4/5 rating for this book Stick Dog because I find it all so humorous! It was quite simple but a good read! It didn't take me long to read though. I would recommend people of ages 8+ to read this book. I am 11 years old and found it great, funny, but simple.
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on 7 February 2014
I bought this for my 10 year old daughter who loved it. She's massively into dogs so this was perfect and she finished it in a week which is great as it got her fired up for reading more books.
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on 12 October 2013
It is a good book but I think it needs a bit more describing and a better ending than how it is and the author dosn't give it feeling
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on 30 June 2013
A funny and enjoyable book me and my 9 yr old daughter read it together and we both loved it.
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on 8 October 2014
I loved this book it is hilarious. It is all about five dogs: poo poo the poodle,Karen the dachshund,stick dog,stripes the Dalmatian and mutt the mutt who want to steal hamburgers from humans which are having a barbeque. do they get their hamburgers?
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on 23 January 2013
Great book, very funny, made me laugh out loud!!

Would've liked it to be a bit longer though, or had a 'two books in one' sequel thing

But on the whole a good book
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on 31 August 2013
A super bedtime companion for my six year old son. A chapter a night is a perfect read and the language and jokes are perfectly pitched. A must buy for little readers.
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on 9 March 2014
My 8 year old son loves this book really has him laughing. Stick dog and his friends are great characters and have lots of fun together.
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