Flat Stanley review

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown, Illustrated by Scott Nash

HarperCollins, 2006. 978-0061129049

Synopsis:Stanley is just a normal boy until one morning he wakes up to find that the bulletin board in his room has fallen on him and made him flat! At first, being flat is fun, but after a few days,Stanley just wants to be normal again, but can he?

Why I picked it up: The girls I babysit wanted me to read this to them as a bedtime story and I told them one chapter, but since it only had five, we read the whole thing.

Why I finished it: The story is cute and creative if improbable, but that is part of what makes the story humorous. Since the book was relatively short, it was easy to get through and the premise of the story is fun enough that it would be worth checking out the other books. The illustrations added another fun element to the story, showing some ofStanley’s adventures as a half-inch thick person crawling under doors and using himself as a kite. It is definitely on the juvenile side of tween books, but I think it could work well for reluctant readers that want chapter books but aren’t interested in a story that is going to be long.

Other related materials: Stanley’s Christmas Adventure by Jeff Brown; Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventure books by Jeff Brown; Stanley, Flat Again! by Jeff Brown; Stanley and the Magic Lamp by Jeff Brown; Stanley in Space by Jeff Brown; Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat; Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books by Betty MacDonald; Freckle Juice by Judy Blume; Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren; The Boxcar Children books by Gertrude Chandler Warner; The Magic Treehouse books by Mary Pope Osbourne


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