Lechner, John. The Clever Stick. Candlewick, 2009. $14.99. PICTURE BOOK. A clever stick finds it difficult to share its ideas and poetry with the world because it cannot speak. The stick becomes discouraged until he discovers a way to overcome his inability to speak. The Clever Stick is a clever fable with fun and colorful illustrations. EL – ADVISABLE. Samantha, Public Librarian.