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Stick Dog Chases a Pizza

Last updated Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Author: Tom Watson
Date of Publication: 2014
ISBN: 0062278053
Grade Level: 3rd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jul. 2019

Synopsis: Stick Dog and his crazy canine crew have discovered a newfangled flavor—and it's even more delicious than hamburgers and hot dogs. It's pizza! And they won't be satisfied until they get some slices of their own. But it won't be easy. There's a kitten to rescue, a plan to make, and the messiest—and most dangerous—game of catch they've ever played. Pizza is on the menu, but only if their mission succeeds.

Note to readers:
•  Start with chapter 3. Chapters 1 and 2 are about the dogs deciding they want to play frisbee.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Why do you think the dog is chasing a pizza?
•  Do you think dogs eat pizza?
•  What is your favorite kind of pizza?


•  Survey - study something in order to make a judgment about it
•  Momentarily - for a short time
•  Inaudibly - impossible to hear
•  Palate - the top part of the inside of your mouth
•  Significant - very important
•  Mythical - imaginary

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  How many types of dogs can you name?
•  What kinds of other things are shaped like a frisbee?
•  Have you tried any new foods recently? Did you like them?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a pizza out of construction paper. Cut out a large circle for the crust, and then cut out the different toppings and glue to the pizza crust. Example on Pinterest.
•  Make a dog puppet
•  Check our craft ideas on Pinterest!

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!