The Epic Journey of Huggie and Stick

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Penguin, 2018 - Juvenile Fiction - 40 pages
From Drew Daywalt, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Day the Crayons Quit, comes a hilarious buddy-comedy picture book starring a grouchy stuffed bunny and a happy-go-lucky stick.

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.

 

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The Epic Adventures of Huggie & Stick

User Review  - Publishers Weekly

Following their tumble from Reese’s backpack, Huggie, a worn and curmudgeonly stuffed rabbit, and Stick, an optimistic branch, embark on a weeklong adventure that spans all seven continents. Diary ... Read full review

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I have to say I am very disappointed. This book has so many good teaching points in it about different perspectives. I so wanted to read this book to my students, but I won't because of the one page that I found disturbing. Whether you think it is funny, or not, I found it more than inappropriate: "Dear Diary, There's a stick up my butt. I hate my life." And the illustration that goes with it shows an unhappy Huggie sitting on a happy Stick with Stick up his butt. This depicts a blatant personal violation and minimizes the culture of abuse and I wish children's authors would think of these things when writing books. Not every kid grows up in a trauma free world and while some will blow it off and say I'm making too much of it, I don’t think I am. I'm actually surprised it made the cut for a WCCPBA nominee. 

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About the author (2018)

Drew Daywalt is the author of the blockbuster #1 New York Times bestselling The Day the Crayons Quit, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, for which he won the E.B. White Read Aloud Award. He also penned the bestselling companion book, The Day the Crayons Came Home, as well as The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors.

David Spencer is an illustrator and designer with a background in licensing, product design and print media. In his spare time he gets overexcited at movies with big robots, loves drawing monsters, guys in capes and other silly things. He has a undying affinity for anything that lets him be loud in social settings and when he isn't drawing fun stuff he can be found helping his kids get into adventure wherever it may rear its head. The Epic Adventures of Huggie & Stick is his debut picture book.

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