Watson, Tom Stick Dog tries to take the Donuts 209 pgs. Harper, 2016. $12.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G
Stick dog and his friends really want apples from the orchard but have never been able to get them. When a workman comes to the park, Karen the dog drinks his coffee and when Stick Dog tries to save her from discovery by the man, the other dogs think Stick Dog was trying to eat Karen! Stick dog must prove himself and is able to get donuts for the other dogs. Now they want more, but Stick Dog has a better plan, to use the workman’s special truck to get apples down from the tree’s, will his plan work?
I will admit to laughing out loud at this one, as the dogs are worried that the jelly filled donut is alive, since it leaks red liquid. But again, I think this could book could have easily been much shorter, so it could more accessible to those younger grade readers who would enjoy the simple characters and their junk food obsession. Older readers who this format and size would appeal to, even lower level readers, would be bored by the plotline. Not my favorite book to read.
EL(K-3), EL –OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.