A fantastic story of sticks and imaginative play.
Stanley's Stick is a teaming-up of hefty talents - glorious poet John Hegley and award-winning illustrator Neal Layton. Stanley's stick is not just a stick. With a stick in hand, Stanley's options are endless - he flies to the moon, writes in the sand, goes fishing, plays a whistle and rides a dinosaur - and his imagination takes over and the magic begins.
Hegley's lyrical prose captures the free-wheeling expressiveness of childhood, and Layton's deceptively simple illustrations are full of wit and character. Sweet, magical and thoroughly entertaining, this is Hegley and Layton's first collaboration.
...wonderful rhythmic and a delightfully quirky text. - The Bookseller
A book celebrating the power of imagination. Brilliant illustrations by Neal Layton. - Angels & Urchins
This book should guarantee hours of imaginative play. - Sunday Times
Everything a picture book should be. - Irish Times
Simply, a lovely book. - School Librarian
This lovely book is simply a 'must have' for all those who want to inspire children's imaginative play... beautifully written. - Early Years Educator
John Hegley is a popular English performance poet, comedian, musician and songwriter. Hegley began his performing career at London's Comedy Store in 1980. He published his first poetry collection in 1984. His television appearances include Wogan and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. In 1998, Hegley's poem "Malcolm" came second in a BBC survey to find Britain's most popular comic poem. Hegley frequently performs live and is a regular at the Edinburgh Festival.
Neal Layton was born in Chichester, West Sussex. Many of his ideas come he says from his childhood. In the past he has worked on a lettuce farm, in a chocolate factory, a teapot factory, a book shop and has delivered papers. Neal has illustrated more than 40 books to date working with award winning authors such as Michael Rosen and Roger McGough. 'Oscar and Arabella' which he both wrote and illustrated won him the Smarties prize in 2002. He now lives in Southsea, Portsmouth with his girlfriend who is also an artist, and their baby daughter.