Harper Collins, 2007. 32 pages. $12.99 (hardcover)
I almost finished this week in blogging without a book review–until I went to Goodwill (my new favorite used bookstore) and found this gem of a children’s book. Flipping through it, I knew I had to buy it. The illustrations recall Mo Willem’s successful Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! series but with the sly humor of Magritte’s brilliant painting “The Treachery of Images”:
The plot is quite simple: a voice off-page exclaims, “Hey, be careful with that stick.” Then, a little pig with a powerful imagination demonstrates that a stick is not a stick.
Not a Stick is the logical sequel to Portis’s Not a Box. Though I don’t yet have children, I can imagine having a lot of fun reading this aloud and letting the youngster create their own interpretation of the “not a stick.” Then again, I think I’m going to have to show this to my twenty-something friends because this book is so funny and original.
Next time you head to your local bookstore, be sure to seek out this book. It’s a quick read and you may find yourself walking out of the store with it.