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A Used Ice Block Stick is Unhappy. A Twig Thinks it Can Change its Outlook on Life
Reviewed in the United States on April 27, 2019
I've downloaded a few of this author's books and like the others it is formatted to be read in landscape mode (holding your device horizontally), where it takes up the entire screen. Words and pictures display together on the screen like a traditional picture book page. A lot of self published Kindle authors can't be bothered to format their work and it displays like a mess with bits of text on one page and an image on a small part of the screen on another, so I always like to take the time to point out when authors care about their reader's experience and their own work enough to take the time to format it.
I didn't find Sticks to be as good as story other Diane Alber books though. This one revolves around an iceblock stick who is upset it was taken out on a hot day and the ice block melted away (at least it wasn't eaten so the stick doesn't have teeth marks or the top part of it chewed). Life is over for it as far it believes. But a twig on a tree somehow detaches itself and introduces the ungrateful sticky stick to other creatures made also made from wood (characters from other books). Like the sticky stick I also didn't see what the point to this was, so we're all made from wood, that's not going to change anything, a used ice block stick isn't going to be turned into a pencil? Then the twig points to something also in its tree and a bird takes the ice block stick to it. Sure there's a novelty of not being alone on the ground anymore, but I can't imagine where it ends up is going to be that fulfilling. But then I guess being in a freezer before that probably wasn't that exciting either.