TITLE: The Epic Adventures of Huggie & Stick
AUTHOR: Drew Daywalt
ILLUSTRATOR: David Spencer
PUBLISHER: Philomel Books, 2018
SYNOPSIS: “When super cheerful Stick and grumpy stuffed bunny Huggie get thrown from a backpack, the adventure is on! Together this odd couple survives encounters with sea-faring pirates, raging rhinos in Africa, sword-wielding royalty in Europe, stick-eating panda bears in Asia, sharks in Australia, hungry penguins in Antarctica, and piranhas in South America–all before finally making it home to North America. A fantastically funny read-aloud about two unlikely friends and their epic journey around the world.”
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : The world is full of optimists or pessimists and NYT best selling author, Drew Daywalt, has found a way to showcase the struggle of two polar opposite characters’ struggle to navigate a trip around the world as they try to get back to their owner. Not every day is rosy, but Stick manages to find a fun-loving adventure everywhere these two travel. And not every day is a grey day, but Huggie struggles to see the joy in hiking the world with Stick. This fun story will help show young readers that it takes all kind of people to make up the world, but working together, anything can be achieved…including finding your way home again! A MUST addition to any children’s library!
RATING: *****5 Stars *****
1 star…probably not worth your time.
2 stars…there are some things to like, but could elements have been stronger.
3 stars…this story will appeal to some readers but others might find it lacking something.
4 stars…strong story, nice illustrations, and should grab the attention of many readers.
5 stars…superbly written story, stellar illustrations, a must addition to any book lovers’ collection!
“Eight-year-old Hailey loved wearing hats! She had a special hat for almost every adventure of the week! But what happens when she runs out of hats? Who will she be then?
HAILEY’S HATS celebrates one child’s imagination, while challenging ALL children to take another look in the mirror to see the fabulous person looking back at them!“
***Ebook on sale now for $2.99! Softcover also available! (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09QXV4NVC/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1)***
Hybrid published author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of flash fiction, children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna offers occasional BOOK NOOK REVIEWS of great children’s books and offers WRITERLY WISDOM to new and established writers. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Alliance of Independent Authors, and Children’s Book Insider. Donna loves dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.
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