Sticky McStickstick

Michael Rosen, illustrated by Tony Ross

How can we not like a book that puts warmth and hope into a hospital setting?

Sticky McStickstick is Michael Rosen’s response to the time he spent in hospital as he battled, and then recovered from, Covid-19. He recounts how, with help from the hospital team, he learnt to walk again moving from a frame to the stick he named, until Sticky McStickstick sits in a basket by the front door in case he should need it again. 

It is written in simple, repetitive language that a child can read aloud and has the inimitable illustrations children will love, by Tony Ross.The dedication to all hospital workers and the letter from Michael at the end where he speaks directly to children makes the book feel very personal. We love this!

Published by Walker Books

Perfect to read aloud

Reviewed by Justine Daniels