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Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure! by [Jeff Brown, Macky Pamintuan]

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Kindergarten-Grade 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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About the Author

Jeff Brown created the beloved character of Flat Stanley as a bedtime story for his sons. He has written other outrageous books about the Lambchop family, including Flat Stanley, Stanley and the Magic Lamp, Invisible Stanley, Stanley's Christmas Adventure, Stanley in Space, and Stanley, Flat Again!

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B002BY77AE
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperCollins; 50th Anniversary ed. edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 28, 2010
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 8371 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 58 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 2,163 ratings

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Kj
1.0 out of 5 stars Hard pass. My expectations were higher.
Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2021
We homeschool and I was excited to learn of Flat Stanley as I hadn’t heard of it in school. I bought this book thinking my kids would be able to color their own flat Stanley after reading it. I was hoping they would be excited to mail him across the country to family members that could then take him on adventures and mail him back. They’re 8 and 6.

My kids didn’t care for the storyline. I didn’t either to be honest. I realize there’s more than one book. But being as it’s the ‘original’ with an envelope on the front, I assumed this aspect was a big part of the story. Wrong. Stanley is only briefly mailed to California to see his friend in a very abrupt storyline jaunt. When Stanley returned, the only recap of the trip was a brief half page stating 1. “Stanley had a fine time in California.” And 2. His friend labeled the envelope going back as “fragile” and “valuable” and “this end up”. Because of this Stanley “never felt a single bump”. There was ZERO mention of anything he did in California…wasted opportunity if you ask me. And a pointless event to be in the story at all.

In fact, the book is poorly written. There’s forced rhyming, wether intentional or not. It’s poorly written. A high school student could form sentences better. Their last name, “Lambchop”, is used far too much. Half way through I got tired of saying it as it’s written 2-4 times per page. I began changing words and rearranging how it was written as I read it to make the story flow better. The author could have introduced his parents as Mr. and Mrs. Lambchop and then referred to them as Mom and Dad. The target age group for this book would have understood this clearly.

Still, my kids didn’t like it much. The storyline is fairly random. At one point Stanley helps to capture thieves in an art museum. Fine. Okay. But, his mother gave him permission to be by himself while thieves broke into a building in the middle of the night? Weird. The thieves do indeed use the word “kill”, which isn’t appropriate and necessary to be used in a book for such young kids.

At another point in the story, the younger brother, Arthur, is accused of being “rude” when he wouldn’t talk to his father’s friend in the park. Arthur used the word “phooey” and was referencing to Stanley. He is then forced to apologize to his father’s friend. I don’t see how Arthur was rude. Granted this story was originally written in 1996. So social expectations are notably different. But still, it’s a bit far fetched.

Only one thing is excellent in this story—the relations between family members. Parents are respected and involved in the boy’s lives in positive ways. The brothers show genuine care for each other. However, it’s not enough to make me love this book. I don’t like it actually. There’s many well written books out there. This isn’t one of them. And I honestly don’t know how this is popular, especially among professional educators. There’s almost zero adjectives throughout the book. Find another series, good heck! Haha
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Boris77
5.0 out of 5 stars Flat blast from the past....
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 16, 2017
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schumann_bg
5.0 out of 5 stars a great children's story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 1, 2013
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marg
4.0 out of 5 stars New to Flat Stanley
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 29, 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flat Stanley great read for our 6 year old grandaughter
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 28, 2020
Whinsical
5.0 out of 5 stars Flash backs to a great story from school
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 24, 2014
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