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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Tom Watson  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Illustrator

Audience: Children;


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Watson lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Tom Watson was a Political Science major in college. He worked for US Senator John Glenn and as a political speechwriter. He has also been a freelance advertiser and marketer. This experience helped him develop the unique, story-telling narrative style of the Stick Dog books. His time in politics made him realize it's a lot more fun and rewarding to write stories for kids than write speeches for grown-ups.


'Stick Dog '

Illinois READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2016

Stick Cat: A Tail of Two Kitties

Illinois READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2019

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

The author loves to visit schools, bookstores and libraries. His visits usually include talking with kids about the Stick Dog books, teaching them how to draw all the characters, and lots of time for questions and answers. He even asks young readers to help him come up with great ideas for future Stick Dog stories.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Stick Cat: A Tail of Two Kitties
ISBN: 0062411004. OCLC Number: 913135872

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There's a new pet in town: Stick Cat! Perfect for fans of Big Nate, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and the Stick Dog books, Stick Cat features Tom Watson's trademark combination of laughs and adventure.It's a big day in the big city for Stick Cat and his best friend, Edith. There are treasures to hunt, songs to sing, pigeons to catch, and naps to take. But way up on the twenty-third floor, danger lurks just around the corner. Terrible noises and violent crashes trap a desperate man in the building across the alley. Stick Cat will need to navigate his way across the alley--and around Edith's peculiar ways--to attempt a rescue.Stick Cat's high-wire act is sure to please cat lovers and Stick Dog fans everywhere.

Stick Cat: Cats in the City
ISBN: 9781538412534. OCLC Number: 988018139

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ANIMAL STORIES (CHILDREN'S TEENAGE). Stick Cat is going somewhere he's never been before--his best friend Edith's apartment. It's got everything: donut crumbs in the sink, a fire escape, and a window with a great view of the big city. While admiring that view, Stick Cat sees trouble--thick, gooey, terrible trouble. Hazel, the bagel maker, is in serious danger in the building across the alley. Stick Cat knows he and Edith have to help. He'll use his smarts--and Edith's appetite--to devise a rescue plan. The only question is this: Can Hazel hang on long enough for this dynamic duo to save her? Join Stick Cat and Edith on another dangerous, epic--and hilarious--rescue mission. Ages 9+

Stick Cat: Two Catch a Thief
ISBN: 0062411047. OCLC Number: 968562980

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Much to Edith's delight, she and Stick Cat are enjoying a lazy day at his apartment. But not for long. Soon, strange and threatening sounds come from the ceiling. What could it be? An elephant? Santa?

Stick Cat: Two Cats and a Baby
ISBN: 0062741187. OCLC Number: 1017587835

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When Grandma Cobb arrives to babysit the new baby Millie, she gets trapped inside the bathroom, locked away from Millie, and Stick Cat needs to rescue her, but he also needs to help Edith in her new role as babysitter-in-chief.

Stick Cat: Two Cats to the Rescue
ISBN: 0062741209. OCLC Number: 1080426308

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When little Millie wanders off, Stick Cat needs to get her back. It's a rescue mission with too many obstacles to count. There's a runaway butterfly, a pole-vaulting adventure, and a growling beast in the woods. Yikes. And, of course, there's Edith. Oh, Edith. Will Stick Cat be able to navigate around her wacky plans, fragile ego and peculiar ways? Just when he's doubting his chances, five familiar dogs burst onto the scene to help this rescue mission succeed.--

Stick Dog /
ISBN: 0062110780. OCLC Number: 795757756

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Introducing everyone's new best friend: Stick Dog! He'll make you laugh ... He'll make you cry ... But above all, he'll make you hungry. Follow Stick Dog as he goes on an epic quest for the perfect burger.

Stick Dog Chases a Pizza
ISBN: 0062278053. OCLC Number: 877013224

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Tasting pizza for the first time, Stick Dog and his crazy canine crew find it more delicious than hamburgers and hot dogs, and set off to get slices of their own, but obstacles keep hindering the success of their mission.

Stick Dog Crashes a Party
ISBN: 0062410962. OCLC Number: 1113322116

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Stick Dog and his hungry pals have found plenty of tasty treats at Picasso Park before. But it's never looked like it does on this dark, dark night. Strings of white lights, colorful fireworks, and an endless buffet of amazing food have transformed the park into a food-snatching wonderland. There's a party going on, and Stick Dog, Mutt, Poo-Poo, Stripes, and Karen are ready to crash it. But how will they do it?

Stick Dog Craves Candy
ISBN: 9780062683489. OCLC Number: 995161334

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Perfect for fans of Big Nate, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and the previous Stick Dog books, Tom Watson's hilarious series continues with Stick Dog Craves Candy--a fun Halloween adventure! Stick Dog and the gang are on their usual hunt for food, but there is something unusual going on. Little humans are dressed up as creepy witches and spooky ghosts, all carrying big orange buckets!Their search leads them to something unexpected and delicious and sweet--candy! Once they get a taste, they will stop at nothing to get more. The gang will have to avoid terrifying witches and even escape a creepy haunted house! Will Stick Dog's smarts, courage, and patience be enough to lead his buddies to the best treats ever?Witches, and ghosts, and goblins...and Stick Dog and friends! Oh my!

Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream
ISBN: 006227807X. OCLC Number: 889666473

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Stick Dog and his feral friends are looking for relief on a very hot day--and this time they have their eyes on a ice cream truck.

Stick Dog Gets Tacos
ISBN: 006268518X. OCLC Number: 1083642492

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As a family of humans plans to feast on tacos, tortilla chips, and guacamole, Stick Dog sees a great opportunity to feed his hungry canine friends.

Stick Dog Slurps Spaghetti
ISBN: 006234322X. OCLC Number: 935985696

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When they come across spaghetti in their search for a tug-of-war rope, Stick Dog and his hungry friends go on a quest for more pasta that sees them scale their suburb's tallest mountain and sneak into a restaurant filled with humans.

Stick Dog Tries to Take the Donuts
ISBN: 0062343203. OCLC Number: 910530549

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Stick Dog and his team of strays are off on another outrageous canine caper. To snatch some breakfast treats for his hungry pals, Stick Dog will need to stop a moving truck, outfox a man on a telephone pole, and calm down a very caffeinated Karen. But that's not all. He'll also need to manage the greatest confrontation in history when his good friend Poo-Poo comes face-to-face with the ultimate enemy--a squirrel. With Stick Dog's smarts, daring, loyalty--and patience--he just might lead his buddies to the best breakfast ever.

Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog
ISBN: 0062110802. OCLC Number: 827259851

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"Stick Dog and his friends must execute a master plan for stealing hot dogs"--

Trouble at Table 5 #1: The Candy Caper
ISBN: 0062953419. OCLC Number: 1103687946

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Trouble at Table 5 #2: Busted by Breakfast
ISBN: 0062953435. OCLC Number:

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