The Mount Rushmore Calamity (Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures Series #1)

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Saddle up with Flat Stanley

Ever since Stanley was flattened by a bulletin board, every trip is an adventure!

The whole Lambchop family is off to see Mount Rushmore. But when Flat Stanley and his brother, Arthur, team up with a scrappy cowgirl named Calamity Jasper, their vacation turns into the Wild West experience of a lifetime. Pretty soon, they find themselves in a real tight spot—even for a flat boy like ...

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The Mount Rushmore Calamity (Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures Series #1)

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Overview

Saddle up with Flat Stanley

Ever since Stanley was flattened by a bulletin board, every trip is an adventure!

The whole Lambchop family is off to see Mount Rushmore. But when Flat Stanley and his brother, Arthur, team up with a scrappy cowgirl named Calamity Jasper, their vacation turns into the Wild West experience of a lifetime. Pretty soon, they find themselves in a real tight spot—even for a flat boy like Stanley!

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Capitalizing on the extremely popular (and more than 40-year-old) character created by Jeff Brown, Pennypacker's new travel-themed series features the same tongue-in-cheek humor and earnest, goody-two-shoes sensibility of the original. Here, the flattened-by-a-bulletin-board boy and the rest of the Lambchop family go on vacation to Mount Rushmore, where Stanley and his brother share an adventure with a young gold miner named Calamity Jasper. Stanley's unique abilities allow him to shine as a hero, causing some friction with Arthur, but in the end, they work together to save the day. Readers will find authenticity and humor in the siblings' rivalry, and Calamity Jasper, with her over-the-top Western dialogue, is a perfect slapstick foil to the boys. As an added bonus, interesting historical and geographical information is included in the story and related facts are appended. Though the modernized, cartoon pencil sketches are not as delightfully ridiculous as the artwork in the original series, they integrate well with the plot. Educational and fun, this action-filled tale makes a great choice for early-chapter-book collections; it will surely cause a resurgence of interest in the original series, as well as a desire to read the subsequent installations in the reboot.—Nicole Waskie, Chenango Forks Elementary, Binghamton, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Flat Stanley is back and better than ever. Pennypacker's revival of this perennially popular character should engender great enthusiasm and may even create new fans for this old favorite. Broad humor, actionpacked adventure and a tinge of sibling rivalry combine to create a brisk tale that will ably entertain young readers. A most felicitous use of language mimics (and ohsogently mocks) the ingenuous, geewhiz tone of the original. The plot, naturally, is paperthin but full of incidents that allow Stanley to use his unusual qualities to save the day. In this series starter, Stanley and his family visit Mount Rushmore, where he prevents a rockslide and rescues his brother and a new friend from a cavein. His adventures continue in The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery (9780061429934; paper 9780061429927). The series focus on geography is an appealing nod to the oftassigned school project that asks children to mail their own versions of Stanley to faroff friends. Although Pamintuan's final illustrations were not seen, the sample sketches match the playful tone of the text. (Fiction. 79)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061429910
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/21/2009
  • Series: Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures Series , #1
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 697,348
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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!

Macky Pamintuan is an accomplished illustrator. He lives in the Philippines with his wife, Aymone; their baby girl, Alison; and their pet Westie, Winter.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

    Cool

    Best book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    So good!

    This is the best book i've ever read! It's so good!
    I recomend it strongly!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    A good book.

    A good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    Good book

    Good book i recomend it strongly i read the whole book already its great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    Read this

    It is so cool that he is flat

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    Posted March 24, 2013

    Flat lame

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    Posted March 22, 2012

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    Posted August 15, 2011

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

    I gave this to my grandson and he seemed to like it and wanted more.

    I have not read this book, but it looked like one he would like. The girl in the book store recommended it.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    Mount Rushmore

    Jeff Brown's original character, Stanley, created forty-five years ago, who was flattened by a bulletin board that fell on him in the middle of the night, makes an adventurous return as Sara Pennypacker continues his series, using the same schema of Brown's original Flat Stanley.

    I can easily see how children will be drawn to this new series - not only is Stanley a young boy facing the daily trials and tribulations of life, he's also facing flatness, unsure of whether or not he will ever return to his normal being. Despite his flatness, the family continues to try and adapt a somewhat normal lifestyle for Stanley and his younger brother Arthur, by taking them on a road trip to Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Throughout the duration of their trip, the Lambchop family faces much adventure, all of which will keep readers captivated. The book does draw in portions of U.S. history.

    I feel this book would best be used in an educational setting as a guided reading selection to complement a Social Studies unit on the Gold Rush, Native Americans and/or Mount Rushmore.

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