Not a Stick - Thao Lam
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Not a Stick

Not a Stick

Not a Stick

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This week, we continue to think outside the box. Keep reading…

Antoinette Portis’s sequel to Not a Box is just as imaginative and engaging. Not a Stick introduces readers to a little pig and his stick. Insisting it is not just a stick, the little pig demonstrates its many uses: a fishing rod, a paintbrush, a horse, a sword to slay a dragon, and many other wonders – whatever his creativity can conjure.

The cover of Not a Stick has a background of faux wood grain, cleverly calling back to the object of the story. Following the same witty and award-winning format as Not a Box, Portis illustrates the story in simple black-line drawings with superimposed blue-line drawings that act as overlays revealing the pig’s imaginings. The illustrations are set against clean backgrounds, leaving readers with plenty of room for their own imaginations to contribute.

Not a Stick, a children’s book review by Thao Lam

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Author and Illustrator Antoinette Portis

The author and illustrator is Antoinette Portis but googling her name resulted in very little information. If anyone out there has any info, please share.

I am always tickled pink when an author or an illustrator, takes time out of their busy schedule to reply to a fan mail.

“Here’s what I do: draw on paper with a soft pencil, then scan into Photoshop.”

– Antoinette Portis –

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Publisher HarperCollins (December 26, 2007)

ISBN-10 0061123250

ISBN-13 978-0061123252