Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog - review

By Tom Watson.

We hadn’t come across Stick Dog before seeing Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog. The narrator claims terrible drawing skills, but we think his stick caricatures add something to the slightly pre-teen humour you’ll find Stick Dog’s dialogue with his fellow strays (named to appeal to kids and make parents roll their eyes):

 “We need to give the raccoon a name,” she said simply.

“A name?”

“Oh yeah, said Karen as if this was a perfectly logical thing to do. “If we’re going to have a nemesis who is trying to snatch what is rightfully ours, it needs to have a name – an evil name.”

… The suggestions came at a furious pace from all of them except Stick Dog.

“Despicabeast!”

“Masked Mobster!”

“Racc-a-Doom!”

“Devil-Meister!”

“The Raccoon Typhoon!”

This is what they called him…

Stick Dog

Stick Dog is a stray, who hangs out with his stray mates, Mutt, Poo-Poo, Stripes, and Karen. In this book they are rather taken with a Hot Dog cart, and spend the entire story coming up with ever more ludicrous schemes to steal the yummy treats.

Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog is kind of like a Disney film, but without the schmaltz. Slap-stick funny for kids, but strangely giggle-inducing for parents too. Check out the video and see what it reduced me to after reading with the Bug:

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Disclosure: we were sent a free copy of Stick Dog wants a Hot Dog for the purposes of this review. We recommend it for age 6+