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The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Stick Man by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Rebecca Davies

17 Stick Man 237x300 The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Stick Man by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel SchefflerFor December I’ve decided to turn the children’s book blog into a sort of literary advent calendar. Every day of the month I’ll be posting a short recommendation of a wintry or Christmassy children’s book to warm your cockles or, in some cases, chill the blood. There’ll be something for readers of all ages, from picture books all the way up to YA. My choice for December 17th is Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’sStick Man’.

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the award-winning writer-illustrator team behind such hits as The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and The Snail and the Whale, joined forces once again to create this endearing picture book.

Stick Man lives in the comfort of his ‘family tree’ with his Stick Lady Love and their two stick children. The problem is, when you look like a stick, people tend to mistake you for one. Hence, poor old Stick Man gets accidentally abducted to be used as a chew toy for a dog, nest-building material for a swan, a makeshift bow, a snowman’s arm and, eventually, firewood. All appears to be lost, until a chance encounter with Father Christmas ends up being mutually beneficial to Stick Man and Santa.

As usual, Donaldson’s text is hard to beat when it comes to rhythm and flow and Scheffler’s illustrations are as adorable as ever – plus the latest hardback edition of the book comes with a snow globe built into the front cover.

Check back tomorrow to see which book is lurking behind the ‘calendar door’ for December 18th and catch up on my previous recommendations here

Rebecca Davies is a journalist and children’s author. She is currently working on a Young Adult fantasy novel set in Hackney. You can follow her on Twitter as @TheStoryMonster

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