User menu

Shopping cart

Stickler Loves the World (A Stickler Story) (Hardcover)

Staff Pick Badge
Stickler Loves the World (A Stickler Story) By Lane Smith Cover Image
On Our Shelves Now
1 on hand, as of Jul 13 2:06pm

Staff Reviews

Stickler, a wonderfully optimistic and peculiar little creature, is guided by curiosity and kindness. We are the lucky ones to be swept along as Stickler introduces a mysterious new friend to the wonders of the forest. Each page is full of charming details by Lane Smith, who also illustrated the award-winning Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. This picture book is an engaging read-aloud for kids who are curious about the world around them.



From award-winning author/illustrator Lane Smith comes Stickler, a woodland creature who reminds us to appreciate the everyday wonders we often ignore. In a picture book that’s both silly and sweet, readers will find Stickler’s enthusiasm irresistible and see the world anew.

A Junior Library Guild selection • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY People Magazine • Kirkus Reviews • The Boston Globe • The Evanston Public Library

And just think of the wonders we must pass every day without even noticing!

Stickler, an original character covered in sticks and with multiple ever-changing eyes, loves its little world. With best friend Crow, it shares the wonders of all the amazing things the world has to offer.  Stickler is astonished by the ordinary, such as the sun and the stars, as well as fascinated by those things in nature that are often overlooked, such as swirling seed pods falling from the sky. The two pals wander about the world, stopping to appreciate the many marvels along the way, especially its beloved sticks, each one unique. 

Stickler Loves the World encourages awareness and mindfulness with a joyous and lighthearted touch. The award-winning illustrator of bestsellers including Penguin Problems and Giraffe Problems brings imagination and humor to a story that features a delightful and original character.

About the Author

Lane Smith is the author-illustrator of numerous award-winning and bestselling books for children. He is the recipient of the Kate Greenaway Medal, two Caldecott Honors, five New York Times Best Illustrated Book selections, and lifetime achievements from the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Society of illustrators. He is the illustrator of Penguin Problems, Giraffe Problems, and Cat Problems, all written by Jory John. Lane Smith lives in Connecticut with his wife, Molly Leach, an award-winning graphic designer.

Praise For…

“A sweet ode to life’s small joys.” —People Magazine

★ "Smith has joined the oddball goofiness of his earlier books with the heart and soul of his more recent stories, and the result is a book as physically beautiful as it is moving.... A buoyant, bristly ode to joy." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ "Centering irrepressible joy that’s a force of nature itself, the work lovingly portrays an 'amazing... weird... wonderful' world that’s worth experiencing anew." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ "A delightful book intended to encourage readers to appreciate the simple beauty of everyday things...."—School Library Journal, starred review

"The message here is not just to find the beauty in the world but to relish in its absolute weirdness and wondrous possibilities." —The Bulletin

"Smith again explores a world of friendly monsters, talking animals, and personified inanimate objects, here celebrating childlike curiosity, wonder, and appreciation." —The Horn Book

"Stickler delights in his surroundings and invites readers to revel in their own fresh perspective on the world....A gleeful take on the great outdoors." —Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593649831
ISBN-10: 0593649834
Publisher: Random House Studio
Publication Date: August 22nd, 2023
Pages: 40
Language: English
Series: A Stickler Story