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Flat Stanley

Flat Stanley

3.9 81
by Jeff Brown, Scott Nash, Macky Pamintuan (Illustrator)

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Meet Stanley Lambchop.

He's an ordinary boy with an extraordinary problem.

He's four feet tall, about a foot wide . . . oh, and half an inch thick.

At first being flat is fine.

It's fun going in and out of rooms simply by sliding under the door.

And it's exciting being mailed to your friends in California for a visit.


Meet Stanley Lambchop.

He's an ordinary boy with an extraordinary problem.

He's four feet tall, about a foot wide . . . oh, and half an inch thick.

At first being flat is fine.

It's fun going in and out of rooms simply by sliding under the door.

And it's exciting being mailed to your friends in California for a visit.

But it's not always easy being different, and soon Stanley wishes he could be just like everybody else.

Will he ever be normal again?

Editorial Reviews

It's been almost four decades since a bulletin board first flattened little Stanley Lambchop and transformed him into a two-dimensional reader favorite. (Well, not exactly two-dimensional: He is half an inch thick!) Now Stanley pops again into sight, introducing a new generation of beginning readers to the hilarious adventures of a paper-thin hero.
Publishers Weekly
Youngsters will welcome the return of favorite characters in an array of beginning chapter books. Stanley Lambchop deflates once more in Stanley, Flat Again, the sixth title in the series by Jeff Brown, illus. by Scott Nash. Whereas the hero flew as a kite in Flat Stanley, here he serves as a spinnaker to win a sailboat race. When a building collapses, he slips beneath the wreckage to save a classmate just before it tumbles down. A paperback version of Flat Stanley, also with illustrations by Nash, is being released simultaneously. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Stanley might be flat, but his story sure isn't. This is the first in a series of books about a boy who is flattened to a mere half inch of thickness by his bulletin board. Quicker than you can say, "poor Stanley," he discovers life as a pancake does have its advantages. Stanley can slip under locked doors, fly like a kite, and get to California cheaply via U.S. mail. Despite his exciting adventures, like helping capture art thieves, Stanley eventually wants to be normal thickness again. Stanley's brother finds a way to help him out. The back of the book has a cardboard Stanley for kids to cut out and mail to their friends. Send Stanley on some new adventures! 2003 (orig. 1964), Harper Collins,
— Connie Van Hoven
School Library Journal
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 Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Harpercollins Childrens Books
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Flat Stanley Series
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Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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Flat Stanley 40th Anniversary Edition

Chapter One

The Big Bulletin Board

Breakfast was ready.

"I will go wake the boys," Mrs. Lambchop said to her husband, George Lambchop. Just then their younger son, Arthur, called from the bedroom he shared with his brother, Stanley.

"Hey! Come and look! Hey!"

Mr. and Mrs. Lambchop were both very much in favor of politeness and careful speech. "Hay is for horses, Arthur, not people," Mr. Lambchop said as they entered the bedroom. "Try to remember that."

"Excuse me," Arthur said. "But look!"

He pointed to Stanley's bed. Across it lay the enormous bulletin board that Mr. Lambchop had given the boys a Christmas ago so that they could pin up pictures and messages and maps. It had fallen, during the night, on top of Stanley.

But Stanley was not hurt. In fact, he would still have been sleeping if he had not been woken by his brother's shout.

"What's going on here?" he called out cheerfully from beneath the enormous board.

Mr. and Mrs. Lambchop hurried to lift it from the bed.

"Heavens!" said Mrs. Lambchop.

"Gosh!" said Arthur. "Stanley's flat!"

"As a pancake," said Mr. Lambchop. "Darndest thing I've ever seen."

"Let's all have breakfast," Mrs. Lambchop said. "Then Stanley and I will go see Dr. Dan and hear what he has to say."

In his office, Dr. Dan examined Stanley all over.

"How do you feel?" he asked. "Does it hurt very much?"

"I felt sort of tickly for a while after I got up," Stanley Lambchop said, "but I feel fine now."

"Well, that's mostly how it is with these cases," said Dr.Dan.

"We'll just have to keep an eye on this young fellow," he said when he had finished the examination. "Sometimes we doctors, despite all our years of training and experience, can only marvel at how little we really know."

Mrs. Lambchop said she thought Stanley's clothes would have to be altered by the tailor now, so Dr. Dan told his nurse to take Stanley's measurements.

Mrs. Lambchop wrote them down.

Stanley was four feet tall, about a foot wide, and half an inch thick.

Flat Stanley 40th Anniversary Edition. Copyright © by Jeff Brown. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet 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! You can learn more about Jeff Brown and Flat Stanley at www.flatstanleybooks.com.

Scott Nash has illustrated many books for children, including Betsy Who Cried Wolf! by Gail Carson Levine, Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory Shields, Over the Moon by Rachel Vail, and Oh, Tucker! by Steven Kroll. He lives with his wife, Nancy, and their dog, Zephyr, in Peaks Island, Maine.

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Flat Stanley 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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This is one of the few books I remember reading as a child in school. I have to say that it is my favorite. I have a copy for my children when they get old enough to start reading. I recommend it for any youngster who enjoys imaginative tales. It is well written and illustrated. It also holds the interest of a young child.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My niece sent me Flat Alex and I had a great week taking her everywhere!! I loved the book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My grandson, Douglas, sent Flat Stanley by Priority Mail to me in Anchorage, Alaska. I made him a comfortable bed in my back pack. During the day I carry him around in the rolling backpack. We've been all over the city... walking and riding the bus. We have gathered a lot of information and taken many pictures for him to take back with him to Glendale, Arizona. When he gets home he will help Douglas use that information to give a presentation to his second grade class.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just have to say that I love Flat Stanley! I am in my mid 30's and remember it as being one of my most favorite books as a child. As far as the person that rated it a zero....everyone is entitled their opinion, but any book that encourages a child to read is Aces to me. I live in Pennsylvania and have been fortunate enough to travel. I must say, oddly enough, I have had the 'pleasure' [sarcasm sarcasm] of traveling to Middle Granville. Of the people I have met in Middle Granville and Granville, I would expect a zero rating for Flat Stanley from an adult. What a sad little community. I feel sorry for their children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great. I loved it I wish I could fold myself up to visit anyone. It's cool how he saves the art museum.
Guest More than 1 year ago
all kids need to read I give it a capital O for Outstanding this is a must read book
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book I grew up with and now so are my two children. When reading it we come up with our own ideas of what might happen if we were as flat as stanley. It brings big smiles and lots of laughs every time we read it. I hope your family will give it a try.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Flat Stanley! And poor Arthur, too! Great life lessons, but still funny. I even tried to myself to mail myself to NY for a vacation after I read the book! Twenty years later, my sister and I still call each other 'Arthur' and 'Stanley' -- if only a bicycle pump could solve all of our problems!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After 9/11, we do not need to encourage our 7 year old children to send 'Flat Stanley' all over the country in envelopes. This is a terrible story and our children should be learning more significant skills. If we need to send a letter at 34 cents a piece maybe it should be to a pen-pal at another school or our servicemen and/or women abroad. I feel this is more acceptable and more productive. My child doesn't need to be reading about someone being crushed and mailed. Let's teach our children something worth while! Not truly yours, Cindy Whittier Middle Granville, NY