Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Where Portis's Not a Box featured a plain brown wrapper, this winning sequel proffers a faux wood-grain cover. And where the earlier title featured a deceptively boxlike, hollow rectangle (which an inventive rabbit treated as a rocket or a race car), this follow-up introduces a little pig holding a long, forked object. An unenlightened voice offstage suggests, 'Hey, be careful with that stick.' The pig corrects the false impression ('It's not a stick') and demonstrates the item's many uses. Portis traces pig and plaything in a heavy black line on negative space, then superimposes jaunty blue line drawings that act as overlays to reveal the pig's imaginings. The pig stands astride the stick, and a rearing horse shape appears. The pig holds the stick at its midpoint and it becomes a paintbrush, aiming toward Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night. Where the offstage warnings appear in white italics on a gray ground, implying a drab rejection of fantasy ('Watch where you point that stick'), the pig's statements are printed against a deep and dreamy blue. Portis repeats her previous formula down to the conclusion, where the pig calls the DIY toy 'my Not-a-Stick!,' once again appealing to those who think outside the box. Ages up to 6." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
In this follow-up to the "New York Times" bestseller "Not a Box," a plain old stick leads to new worlds of play and wonder, where nothing is as ordinary as it seems. Full color.
About the Author
Antoinette Portis made her picture-book debut with the bestselling Not a Box
, which was a New York Times
Best Illustrated Book and a Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor Book in 2007. Not a Stick
followed, as well as her most recent book, A Penguin Story
Antoinette graduated from kindergarten with a major in finger painting and a minor in show-and-tell. Later she graduated from the UCLA School of Fine Arts with a degree in studio art (which is like finger painting and show-and-tell combined). Antoinette lives in Los Angeles.