Reviews for Flat Stanley

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Spring
How to explain the appalling decision to abridge the venerable [cf2]Flat Stanley[cf1] and make it into a full-size picture book? The hilarious, deadpan prose has been abridged into a text as flat as Stanley himself. Whole episodes have disappeared in order to showcase the art and squeeze the action into thirty-two pages. You'll also look in vain for the endearing sibling rivalry. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2006 December

K-Gr 3 Based on Jeff Brown’s original story (HarperCollins, 1964), this oversize picture book condenses some of the adventures of the ever-popular character who was flattened by a bulletin board. Ending up four feet tall, a foot wide, and half-an-inch thick, Stanley discovers that being flat is not only novel (he can slip under cracks), but also exciting. He is mailed off to California in a large envelope; he can be flown like a huge kite; and one night, disguised as a shepherdess, he hides in a painting in the art museum and foils some thieves. Full-page, cartoon illustrations in watercolor and crayon enhance the story while remaining true to the original. This version of an old favorite will introduce a beloved character to a new generation of younger children. It should have wide appeal. Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY

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