Not a Stick


Author: Antoinette Portis

Illustrator: Antoinette Portis

In this follow-up to New York Times bestselling Not a Box, a plain old stick is not at all what it seems

What holds more imaginative possibility than a cardboard box? A stick, of course! In this second book by New York Times bestselling author and Theodore Seuss Geisel Honoree Antoinette Portis, a plain old stick is a gateway to new worlds of play and wonder, where nothing is as ordinary as it seems. A stick is not just a stick: it’s a conductor’s wand, a painter’s paintbrush, a knight’s sword—and anything else you can dream up!

Written and illustrated with the same spare simplicity that made Not a Box such a hit, the playtime possibilities of a stick will inspire and delight any child who has ever journeyed into the world of make-believe.

Praise for Not a Box:

“The visual messages about imagination’s power will easily draw young children, who will recognize their own flights of fantasy.” —ALA Booklist

“A celebration of imagination, humor and the magic of a cardboard box, this is a book with universal appeal…with its pleasing nostalgic feel, Not a Box is an instant classic.” —Bookpage

“This gently humorous book celebrates the ingenuity of kids, whose games of make-believe can spin magic out of the simplest materials.” —CHILD

“This minimalist treasure sheds new light on all a box can be. Portis captures and celebrates childhood imagination.” —Parent&Child