Book Title: NOT A STICK
Author: Antoinette Portis
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.
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.