The Resource Stick, by Steve Breen,

Stick, by Steve Breen,

Label
Stick
Title
Stick
Statement of responsibility
by Steve Breen,
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
An independent young frog goes on a wild adventure when he accidentally gets carried away by a dragonfly
Tone
Writing style
Character
Illustration
Review
  • Little frog Stick is a daredevil who likes to explore the world on his own. One day, though, he gets a bit carried away--literally. While trying to snag a dragonfly for lunch, Sticks tongue gets stuck to the insects belly, and he is pulled from his lily pad, straight into the air. With minimal words, Breens appealing paint-and-pencil pictures fill in the story of Sticks adventures, as he is pulled from swamp, to neighborhood, to downtown jazzy city (New Orleans), 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 birds-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. -- Gillian Engberg (Reviewed 03-15-2007) (Booklist, vol 103, number 14, p50)
  • PreS-Gr 3 –Stick is a young frog with a very long tongue and a hunger for adventure. One day he zaps a dragonfly, his tongue sticks to the insect, and he’s carried off along the Mississippi River and into New Orleans. After being dropped onto a horse’s nose and flicked back into the air, Stick attaches his tongue to a balloon bouquet for a scenic city tour. Drifting back to the country, he has several more airborne escapades before jumping onto a seagull’s beak for a ride above the Gulf of Mexico. Finally dropped onto a dock, he’s alone and scared. He asks a heron for help and the bird flies him home to his mother. Hungry, he zaps a firefly instead of a mosquito and takes on the bug’s glow (“Oops”). Done in watercolors, acrylics, colored pencil, and Photoshop, the artwork is large, detailed, and colorful. The illustrations vary in size and layout, mixing close-ups of Stick with broader action shots and aerial views of the changing landscape. With a frenetic pace and loads of humor, the art perfectly conveys the frog’s childlike exuberance and the story’s lighthearted mood. An appended map traces Stick’s journey. A fun, filled-with-thrills romp.–Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI --Ieva Bates (Reviewed May 1, 2007) (School Library Journal, vol 53, issue 5, p86)
  • Editorial cartoonist Breen makes his children's book debut with this lighthearted tale about a determined young frog who must experience everything for himself. The opening series of panels depicts a parent offering suggestions that clearly fall on deaf ears: "Stick liked to do things on his own... all by himself," reads the text as the young hero lands on a turtle's back ("Oops"). When Stick suddenly finds that his tongue has become stuck to a dragonfly, which carries him aloft, he fails to realize the precariousness of his situation. Breen's panel illustrations transport readers along with the green fellow, through the swamp, to a bustling New Orleans and beyond. It's Breen's detailed artwork that supplies the heft to this tale with few words. Observant readers will pick up Breen's ode to the Deep South, peppered with a witty tone, as in the "Ragin' Cajun" tattoo on a motorcyclist or the "wiggly piggly" roadside billboard. He also captures the beauty of the scenery, especially in the spreads of wetlands with live oaks, which serve as Stick's habitat. At story's end, youngsters will be pleased that the precocious fledgling adventurer has made it back home, while parents may appreciate the message that young ones sometimes need to leave the pond in order to gain a sense of the big picture. Ages 4-up. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed March 12, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 11, p57)
  • For his children's debut, Pulitzer Prize–winner Breen sends a small frog with a sticky tongue and notably bad aim on an impromptu tour of New Orleans and environs. Hooking a passing dragonfly instead of a tasty mosquito, Stick gets literally carried away—hurtling out of the bayou, through a small town, past Antoine's and other French Quarter landmarks, then out into the countryside, with sudden brief stops on a horse's nose, a biker's face and elsewhere. At last, with a fine disregard for the natural predator/prey relationship, Breen sends the weary amphibian winging home aboard a friendly heron. Though not so rich in plot or pratfalls as the likes of David Wiesner's Tuesday (1991) or Jennifer Armstrong's Once Upon A Banana (2006), illustrated by David Small, this comic outing is drawn with confident simplicity, and presented in a sequence of large, wordless, or nearly wordless, panels. A promising beginning. (Picture book. 4-6) (Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2007)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
165260
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Breen, Steve
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.B748228
LC item number
Sti 2007
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 3
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Frogs
  • Dragonflies
  • Frogs
  • Dragonflies
  • Humorous stories
  • Dragonflies
  • Frogs
Target audience
preschool
Label
Stick, by Steve Breen,
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm70483700
Dimensions
23 x 29 cm
Extent
1 volume
Isbn
9781442001718
Lccn
2006046318
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)70483700
Label
Stick, by Steve Breen,
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm70483700
Dimensions
23 x 29 cm
Extent
1 volume
Isbn
9781442001718
Lccn
2006046318
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)70483700

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