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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Stick's Masterpiece by Spencer Hanson is about a cute girl, Stick, who tries to paint small things but ends up creating absolutely beautiful pictures. The underlying message is also a sort of motivation for children to try out new things. Apart from the colors and the pictures, the educational theme of the book is equally important.
The book is a winner all the way. It is appealing to a child from many angles. It's colorful, bright, and it introduces the child to many new things. The illustrations are beautiful and make the story even more meaningful. The way the pictures are drawn and how they are brought to life by this little girl is amazingly depicted.
Children's books are always collaborative works between the illustrator and the writer. Unless they are finely tuned to each other, the book cannot be a winner. And any children's story book is incomplete with good illustrations. The illustrator of Stick's Masterpiece, Randy Hanson, has actually understood exactly what the author requires to make the book work. The way Stick adds colors is like a dream.
I liked the way the author has put across the message of overcoming fear and underestimating yourself. It is done in a subtle, but effective manner. That makes the book very educational. There is something magical about children's books. They bring out the child within you. They are also a display of the writer's and illustrator's imagination and creativity.