A Junior Library Guild Selection

Smick is a BIG dog.
Sit, Smick.
Chick is a little chick.
Stay, Smick!
So what happens when they see a stick?

Written by New York Times bestselling author Doreen Cronin and ingeniously illustrated by newcomer Juana Medina, Smick is a story of unlikely friendship, a sense of adventure, and a lot of wonderful wordplay.


North American publisher: Viking Children's

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"This perfect mesh of words (what there are of them) and art (also minimal) manages to provide a ton of fun, and the clever decision to use photo collage to show red-and-yellow feathered chick and the stick adds visual interest. The oversize format makes this great for story hours, but this could be also be a good choice for independent new readers, although this may be their only opportunity to read the word Smick. A great example of how to get maximum fun out of the minimum amount of lines." Booklist, Starred Review

"Readers will cheer along." The Horn Book

"Juana Medina’s illustrations are, as intended, the stars of the show." The Boston Globe