The Plot In Five Sentences Or Less: Stick Dog lives in a pipe that runs under Highway 16. His favorite pastime is playing with his four friends Karen, Stripes, Mutt, and Poo Poo. One day when the dogs are out playing, they catch a whiff of hamburgers being grilled over in the park. This starts an adventure in which the 5 friends try to find a way to snatch the tasty hamburgers from the humans.
My Take: This is a funny book! Tom Watson has a writing style that initially appears quite simple–and that mirrors the childish drawings–but that breaks out into elevated vocabulary at unexpected moments. When one of the dogs–not one of which is known for being exceptionally smart by the way–tastes a new kind of potato chip, she describes it as a “powdery combination that is both enchanting and invigorating.”
Kids will appreciate the light hearted humor and relentlessly positive spirit of Stick Dog. He is a character that suffers under the circumstances of fate and the dim wittedness of his good friends, while always looking to win the day. Or, in this case, hamburgers!
One Interesting Note About the Author: According to his website, Tom Watson once worked in politics for U.S. Senator John Glenn and the Governor of Ohio.