Tom Watson is the bestselling author of the beloved Stick Dog, Stick Cat, and the Trouble at Table 5 series. Filled with Watson’s trademark combination of laughs, adventure and hilarious drawings, Watson’s books spark joy for reading for all ages.
From school visits to library programs to literacy events, Watson brings his stories and characters to life through dynamic presentations and illustration demonstrations. He provides the audience insight on the writing process and the journeys his characters are on.
Early in his career Watson worked in politics, including a stint as the chief speechwriter for the governor of Ohio. This experience helped him develop the unique, storytelling narrative style of the Stick Dog books. More important, Watson’s time in politics made him realize a very important thing: Kids are way smarter than adults. And it's a lot more fun and rewarding to write stories for them than to write speeches for grown-ups. Watson lives in Chicago with his wife, daughter, and son. He also has a dog, as you could probably guess. The dog is a Labrador-Newfoundland mix. Tom says he looks like a Labrador with a bad perm. He wanted to name the dog "Put Your Shirt On" (please don't ask why), but he was outvoted by his family. The dog's name is Shadow.
Praise for Tom Watson:
“Get ready to laugh (and crave a burger or two) in this first of many Stick Dog adventures.”
“This sequel to Stick Dog (2013) will have readers diving in and then begging for more adventures—canine, feline, or otherwise. The simple drawings might also inspire young readers to try their own hands at illustration. Chapters frequently end with cliff-hangers of sorts, encouraging readers to predict what might happen next.”
“Watson’s knack for incredibly endearing characters means that readers will be invested in Stick Cat and Edith from the first page.”
-- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“With likable characters, an amusing situation, and lots of reinforcement for readers, this effort is sure to be a hit.”
-- Kirkus Reviews
“Encouraging emergent readers with progress notes at each chapter’s end, this series kickoff introduces a diverse trio of third-grade friends with complementary traits.…Kissi adds a two-color illustration of the trio in action, a fanciful diagram, or a bit of arithmetic to almost every page of the well-paced, well-spaced narrative.”