By Tom Watson.
We hadn’t come across Stick Dog before seeing Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog. The narrator claims terrible drawing skills, but we think his stick caricatures add something to the slightly pre-teen humour you’ll find Stick Dog’s dialogue with his fellow strays (named to appeal to kids and make parents roll their eyes):
“We need to give the raccoon a name,” she said simply.
“Oh yeah, said Karen as if this was a perfectly logical thing to do. “If we’re going to have a nemesis who is trying to snatch what is rightfully ours, it needs to have a name – an evil name.”
… The suggestions came at a furious pace from all of them except Stick Dog.
“The Raccoon Typhoon!”
This is what they called him…
Stick Dog is a stray, who hangs out with his stray mates, Mutt, Poo-Poo, Stripes, and Karen. In this book they are rather taken with a Hot Dog cart, and spend the entire story coming up with ever more ludicrous schemes to steal the yummy treats.
Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog is kind of like a Disney film, but without the schmaltz. Slap-stick funny for kids, but strangely giggle-inducing for parents too. Check out the video and see what it reduced me to after reading with the Bug:
Disclosure: we were sent a free copy of Stick Dog wants a Hot Dog for the purposes of this review. We recommend it for age 6+