Stick, by Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Steve Breen, is a fabulous adventure about a little frog whose eyes are too big for his belly. When Stick tries to eat a dragonfly, he is born away on a flying circus of an adventure through his swamp, to the city of New Orleans, to the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, and finally back home. Booklist: “With minimal words, Breen’s appealing paint-and-pencil pictures fill in the story of Stick’s adventures, as he is pulled from swamp, to neighborhood, to downtown ‘jazzy city,’ and then out to the highway, where he hitches a ride with a bird, who carries him home to his comforting mother. The story is slight, but Breen generates plenty of fun and suspense in the skillfully rendered, animated pictures, many of which are presented from a bird’s-eye view. A final scene, in which Stick swallows a firefly and begins to glow, will leave kids chortling, even as they may recognize themselves in young Stick, whose innocent curiosity sometimes leads to trouble.” Note that a percentage of the proceeds go to a fund to help relief efforts from Hurricane Katrina. Giggle factor: many of the illustrations, such as the glowing frog at the end, are really funny. Adult enjoyment: if you like art. Illustrations: five jelly jars.


~ by kaychubbuck on April 8, 2011.

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