Book Title: NOT A STICK
Author: Antoinette Portis
Category: Children's
Publisher: HarperCollins

Antoinette Portis again captures the thrill of when pretend feels so real that it becomes real. With a stick in hand, the options are endless—whether it's conducting an orchestra, painting a masterpiece, or slaying a dragon—give a child a stick and let imagination take over and the magic begin.




ISBN: 978-0061123252
Price: $14.99
CopyrightDate: 2007


This is literally a follow-up to NOT A BOX (2007), in which a rabbit notes the imaginary things a box can be.  Here, the animal is a pig, and the object is a stick.  When the unseen narrator urges, "Be careful with that stick," the pig replies that it's not a stick.  And sure enough, on succeeding pages, the object is a sword, a fishing rod, and inexplicably, a horse.  Once again Portis' very simple black line drawings, set against clean backgrounds, leave plenty of room for imagination.  Children will hope for others in the NOT A ... series.

Ilene Cooper
Publishers Weekly