STICK! by Andy Pritchett is a fun book for any dog lover, puppy owner, and/or emergent learner. Puppy loves sticks. He also wants a friend to play stick with. He goes on a journey to find a friend to play with. The first friend he encounters is a cow who wants to play with grass. This doesn't make much sense. Would a cow play with grass? Then he wants to play with a bird but the bird wants to play with a worm. I think these new friends are confused. It appears the cow, bird and others Puppy tries to play with don't understand he wants to play and not eat. Until, he encounters a friend who does know how to play and together they show animals that wouldn't play with a stick, how to play with a stick.
I love the solid background and clear illustrations done in pencil and digital coloring. The text is one word per page in a speech bubble and punctuation makes this book exciting. The text makes this an easily accessible book for any beginning reader and offers older readers perspective on point of view. I love the note within the dedication. "For my mum. You always told me "to keep on trying." At least, that's what I thought you said..."