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Tom Watson

Biography

Tom Watson

Tom 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 out-voted by his family. The dog's name is Shadow. Early in his career Tom worked in politics, including a stint as the Chief Speechwriter for the Governor of Ohio. This experience helped him develop the unique, story-telling narrative style of the Stick Dog books. More important, Tom'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.

Tom Watson

Books by Tom Watson

by Tom Watson - Children's, Children's 8-12, Comic Books, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Humor, Youth Fiction

When Karen sprints into Stick Dog’s pipe and declares an emergency, Stick Dog springs into action. After racing through the woods with his squad of strays, Stick Dog discovers there’s no crisis at all. But there is a great opportunity to feed his hungry friends. As a family of humans plans to feast on tacos, tortilla chips and guacamole, Stick Dog makes plans of his own. While his hungry, drooling, goofy friends prepare to chow down, something nags Stick Dog at the edge of his mind. What is that thing swinging in a tree? And how can he get it?

by Tom Watson - Children's 8-12, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Pets

Now that their owners are married, Stick Cat and his best friend, Edith, live in the same apartment. There’s someone else in the family too --- Millie, the new gurgling, babbling baby. There’s harmony in the home --- until Grandma Cobb arrives to babysit. That’s when things quickly spin out of control. A mishap leaves Grandma trapped inside the bathroom, locked away from Millie. Stick Cat needs to rescue Grandma. But he also needs to help Edith in her new role as babysitter-in-chief. It just might be Stick Cat’s toughest mission ever. 

by Tom Watson - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Humor, Juvenile Fiction
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? It will take a top-notch strategy, some good luck and a little help from two charming cats to complete their mission. 
by Tom Watson - Animals , Children's 8-12, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Humor
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? It’s a man --- a masked man! Stick Cat suspects the man is up to no good, while Edith only hopes the man has snacks. When treasures are stolen from their homes, Stick Cat must come up with a plan to stop the burglar. There’s a thief on the loose. He is big, determined, and sneaky. Will Stick Cat convince a hungry Edith to help him catch the thief?
by Tom Watson - Animals , Children's 8-12, Fiction, Holiday, Humor
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?
by Tom Watson - Animals , Children's 8-12, Fiction, Graphic Novel

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 the view, Stick Cat sees trouble. Hazel, the bagel maker, is in serious danger in the building across the alley. Stick Cat will use his smarts --- and Edith’s appetite --- to devise a rescue plan. But can Hazel hang on long enough for this dynamic duo to save her?

by Tom Watson - Animals , Children's 8-12, Fiction, Humor

Stick Dog and his gang of hungry hounds want to play tug-of-war. Their search for rope leads to something even better --- spaghetti!  Once they get a taste, they must get some more. It will be their most difficult mission ever --- and will demand all of Stick Dog’s problem-solving skills. They’ll need to scale the tallest mountain in the suburbs and sneak into a restaurant filled with people.

by Tom Watson - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction

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.

by Tom Watson

In Stick Dog Chases a Pizza, Tom Watson's hilarious follow-up to Stick Dog and Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog, Stick Dog returns with the same crazy crew. This time these canine friends 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 that 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. Perfect for fans of Big Nate, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and the previous Stick Dog books.

Written and Illustrated by Tom Watson - Children's, Fiction

Follow Stick Dog as he goes on an epic quest for the perfect burger.