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Stanley’s Stick is a teaming-up of hefty talents – the glorious poet John Hegley and the 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 – 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.

‘… hours of imaginative play.’ The Times
‘Everything a picture book should be.’ Irish Times


'...wonderful rhythmic and a delightfully quirky text.'
The Bookseller
This book should guarantee hours of imaginative play.
Sunday Times
A book celebrating the power of imagination. Brilliant illustrations by Neal Layton.
Angels & Urchins
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
Everything a picture book should be: funny, engaging, slightly odd and utterly original ... A delight from start to finish
The Irish Times
A must read ... delivers a very important message about material things ... this is, simply, a lovely book
School Librarian
This book should guarantee imaginative play
The Sunday Times
Beautifully written ... Stanley is a child many parents will recognise very well indeed
The Bookbag
A book celebrating the power of the imagination. Brilliant illustrations by Neal Layton
Angels & Urchins
A simple stick becomes the key to Stanley's imagination as it provides endless opportunities for creativity, in this beautifully crafted story about outdoor play.
Baby Hampshire
Beautifully crafted story about outdoor play.
Baby London