Book Review, Illustrated Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction

Stick Boy by Paul Coomey – Blog Tour & Special Guest Post by the Author!

Review by Lucy (age 10, Year 6)

Stick Boy is a book about a boy who is literately a stick boy. The entire world is in 3D whilst Stick Boy is just a stick. He was bullied by lots of different kids at his old school so he had to move to a different city and to a new school. At his new school, there are two main bullies who decided they would bully Stick Boy. Their names are Gretchen and Sam. Gretchen bosses Sam around. Stick Boy creates new friendships and stops a mega mall from taking his mum’s job and spying on all of the people who bought an object that came with a free Homebot. The Homebots have cameras and microphones in them so that the people behind all of this can make lots of money from sharing funny and embarrassing videos of people around the city.

I enjoyed this book since it is about someone who is different to everyone else but can still help to save their city. This book is part graphic novel since it has some pictures and bold words but still has more words than pictures. I’m ten and I thought it was a great book that all ages would enjoy.

A note from Kate (mum):

Stick Boy is a brilliant story about bravery and kindness. Stick learns that standing up for himself and doing the right thing is worth the risk and that bullies can never really win. With the help of some true friends and his love of Science, he uncovers a plot and solves the mystery of an evil, criminal mastermind.  Readers will learn that we should never judge people by their appearance but take the time to get to know each other and value people for what’s on the inside. They’ll also learn that true friends stick by you and help, even when things get tough. This positive message with its quirky characters and plot is sure to be remembered and reflected on long after the reader has finished the book.

Thank you to Little Tiger Press for this fun, meaningful book!

We’re thrilled to have a guest post from the author himself, Paul Coomey:

Lots of things that happen in Stick’s house are a bit like the things that happened in my house when I was Stick’s age. If it was a school day, my dad would have left for work early or maybe have been on nights so the other six of us would eat breakfast together and then run out the door to get the school bus. Not my mom, she had a car. Although she did once sit next to me on the school bus. That was a great day. 

In Stick’s house, his mom and dad are always working. Anna (his mom) works at Supersavers Superdiscount Superstore and Simon (his dad) works at… Stick doesn’t know what he does really. He drives a van? 

If it’s a Saturday, they might go to the library with their mom. We used to go to a tiny one that was built into the wall of a castle. It was great – they had loads of Asterix books. If it’s a school day, Stick and Bella go to school. They live in Foxhollow Drive, on a hill at the edge of Little Town, close enough to walk or cycle. Bella is in Sixth Form (Leaving Cert) and Stick is in Year 7 (1st Year). They always forget their coats, even though Stick doesn’t really need one.

After school the first thing Stick and Bella do is make toast and tea and put cartoons on their mom’s laptop while they’re trying to do their homework. Sometimes they all get to eat dinner together and chat, but usually they’re not all in one place until later in the evening when they’re all watching TV. If Stick’s mom is there she gets to pick what they watch and she always picks Strictly. 

[A photo of the Number 25 that I grew up in. That’s my brother Jason, supervising the work]

Paul Coomey was born in Cork, where his mother taught him to read in 1982. His favourite book that year was Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss, and he hasn’t stopped reading since. He learned to write creatively at Kilmurray National School, where he was the only student to ever achieve a mark of 9/10 for an essay, awarded by Headmaster Der Hartnett for a story about a wolf in the snow. When he isn’t writing and illustrating books, Paul works as an Art Director at a brilliant little company called Wonderbly, and sometimes does workshops and portfolio reviews at UCL and AUB and with the AOI and SCBWI. He lives in London with his wife Tanvi Kant, and in his spare time his favourite things to do are read comics and go to the sea.

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