Lost Stick

Viking. Mar. 2024. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593405192.
PreS-Gr 2–Milo, a black and white dog, loves going to the park with his favorite human, Louise, who has tan skin and black hair. One day, they find a wonderful thing: a stick! Louise likes to throw the stick, or “Stick” as Milo sees it, and is so happy when Milo brings it back that she wants to do it again and again. But when Louise throws Stick and Milo can’t find it, Milo will do whatever it takes to make Louise happy. The story diverges more deliberately here as Milo disappears into the wider world, searching for Stick, and as Louise, bereft without her puppy, searches everywhere for Milo. The two perspectives will bring the house down among knowing preschoolers or anyone accustomed to well-meaning misunderstandings. The captivating, brightly colored artwork shows Milo’s journey for Stick and Louise’s search for Milo, depicting their parallel travels and their affection for the other. Young readers will enjoy looking at the two points of view.
VERDICT Highly detailed, energetic artwork and the ultimate happy reunion are sure to please in this fun, lively read for early readers—an excellent choice for all.

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