Stick Man

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Stick Man
Stick Man.jpg
AuthorJulia Donaldson
IllustratorAxel Scheffler
CountryUnited Kingdom
Publication date
1 September 2008

Stick Man, written by former Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, is a children's story about an anthropomorphic wooden stick who becomes separated from his family home and his Odyssey-like adventure to return there. He is eventually reunited with his family in the "family tree" as a result of his interaction with Father Christmas. It takes place in England.

Stick Man has sold over 2 million copies worldwide[1] and has been adapted into a short animated film and a successful stage play.


  • 2008 Roald Dahl Funny Prize[2]
  • 2009 Scottish Children's Book Awards shortlist[3]


The book was adapted into a short animated film by Jeroen Jaspaert and Daniel Snaddon in 2015, featuring the voice talents of Martin Freeman, Sally Hawkins, Jennifer Saunders, Hugh Bonneville and Rob Brydon and produced by Magic Light Pictures, the production team responsible for the Oscar-nominated short films The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom. The film premiered on BBC 1 on 25 December 2015 and was watched by 9.27 million viewers,[4] being the fourth most-watched programme in the United Kingdom that day.[5]

A stage play has also been created based on the original book which has been praised by Time Out[6] and the Independent[7] as well as an audio edition narrated by Imelda Staunton.


  1. ^ "Gruffalo creator Julia Donaldson's interview about Stick Man". Retrieved 2016-07-13.
  2. ^ "Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2008 | Book Trust". Retrieved 2016-07-13.
  3. ^ "The Royal Mail Scottish Children's Book Awards. Winners. Shortlists". Archived from the original on 2016-04-26. Retrieved 2016-07-13.
  4. ^ Limepark Studios. "Film - Stick Man". Retrieved 2016-07-13.
  5. ^ "Christmas Day ratings: Downton Abbey most watched-show of 2015". Retrieved 2016-07-13.
  6. ^ "Stick Man | Theatre in London". Retrieved 2016-07-13.
  7. ^ "Stick Man, Leicester Square Theatre, London (4/5) | Reviews | Culture | The Independent". Retrieved 2016-07-13.

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