Stanley at Sea

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Stanley's thrown his party -- and braved his wild ride. Now Stanley and his pals embark on an adventure that makes sea?dogs of them all! It's picnic time in the park -- but not for Stanley. He knows he's not supposed to beg, but his people are always eating. And Stanley is always hungry! After he's told to "get," Stanley wanders down by the river where he runs into Alice, Nutsy and Gassy Jack. Soon their keen noses lead them to a delicious treat on a small boat with no people in sight. When the boat's mooring ...
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Overview

Stanley's thrown his party -- and braved his wild ride. Now Stanley and his pals embark on an adventure that makes sea?dogs of them all! It's picnic time in the park -- but not for Stanley. He knows he's not supposed to beg, but his people are always eating. And Stanley is always hungry! After he's told to "get," Stanley wanders down by the river where he runs into Alice, Nutsy and Gassy Jack. Soon their keen noses lead them to a delicious treat on a small boat with no people in sight. When the boat's mooring comes loose, they float away with the current down the river, under a bridge and then out to sea! It's a scary new world where the sky stretches in every direction and big waves crash. The dogs know that when you're Outside, sooner or later you always come to a fence. When suddenly through the mist they see what looks like a very tall fence, they know they've come to the End of Outside! But what kind of fence is this?
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Editorial Reviews

City Parent
Linda Bailey’s endearing, if disobedient, dog is back ...This is a delightful addition to the ongoing adventures of a lovable, if goofy, cast of characters.
Quill & Quire
... third in the rollicking series about a goofy dog whose addled antics make for first-class entertainment.
From the Publisher
Super illustrations ...

Linda Bailey’s endearing, if disobedient, dog is back ...This is a delightful addition to the ongoing adventures of a lovable, if goofy, cast of characters.

Bailey’s humor, sometimes subtle and other times overt, comes through on every page ... Slavin’s splendid acrylic paintings ... teem with detail and texture that give a 3-D effect ...Three “arfs”... for this sensory-rich adventure.

... Stanley’s waggish appeal will win over readers young or grown.

... third in the rollicking series about a goofy dog whose addled antics make for first-class entertainment.

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Stanley, the irrepressible pup hero, is in the park with his doggy friends. They are hungry but are shooed away from the picnic table. Even the trashcan full of discarded food is carted away before they can reach it. When they go after a ham sandwich in a boat, they are shocked to find themselves adrift and swept out to sea. Stanley decides that they are on their way to the end of Outside, where there surely will be a fence. What they assume is that that fence, over which they are hauled through the mist, has people on the top who bring them all the steak and sausages they can eat. This answer to all their dreams turns out to be a large ship. When they are rowed back to "his people" the dogs tell their friends about the end of Outside, the big fence, and the wonderful feast on top. "No dog has ever found that fence again……but they think about it all the time." The canine quartet is brimming over with personality. Slavin takes advantage also of their different breeds and sizes to increase the comic situation. His double-page acrylic scenes depict the park, the crowds on the bridge watching the drifting boat, and a convincing ocean. Humor dominates the pages. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2- The pup who was featured in Stanley's Party (2003) and Stanley's Wild Ride (2006, both Kids Can) is back. Here, readers follow Alice, Nutsy, Gassy Jack, and Stanley-a gang of ever-hungry dogs. Wandering from a picnic hosted by their stingy owners, the quartet end up aboard a red rowboat that rushes them to "the end of Outside." They finally find the expected "fence" (the side of a huge ship) and are treated to steak and sausages by the rescuing sailors. Bailey's humor, sometimes subtle and other times overt, comes through on every page, never failing to ignore the gags available with doggy drool and canine impulsivity. Slavin's splendid acrylic paintings on gessoed paper teem with detail and texture that give a 3-D effect, as in the foggy scene with the lower torso of a rescuer dropping down from the enormous ship toward the rowboat rocking in waves that threaten wee Nutsy's life. Three "arfs" (that's cheers in dog talk) for this sensory-rich adventure.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA

Kirkus Reviews
Plainly unable to stay out of mischief for long, Stanley and his canine buddies embark on a third escapade after Stanley's Party (2003) and Stanley's Wild Ride (2006)-this one with cosmic overtones. Slouching away from his picnicking human family, Stanley joins Nutsy, Alice and Gassy Jack in sniffing out an unattended ham sandwich. They find it in a small rowboat that proceeds to carry them down the river and out onto the scary sea. Could they be on their way to the end of Outside? What will they find there? A fence, undoubtedly, because "sooner or later you always come to a fence." Once again, Bailey endows her characters with believably doggy thought processes, and the pop-eyed, floppy-eared figures in Slavin's textured paint-on-gesso scenes positively exude enthusiasm, if not intelligence. Soon a "fence" looms up, in the form of a freighter's towering hull; the dogs are rescued, fed steak and sausage until they can barely move and then rowed back to land. The tale of how they found pooch paradise quickly becomes a legend throughout dogdom: "No dog has ever found that fence," Bailey concludes, "but they think about it all the time." The spiritual metaphor may need some explaining to children, but Stanley's waggish appeal will win over readers young or grown. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554531936
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,407,300
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD440L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 10.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Bailey is an award-winning author of many books for children, including Goodnight Sweet Pig, Stanley's Party, the Stevie Diamond Mysteries, and the Good Times Travel Agency series. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Bill Slavin is an award-winning children's book illustrator with over 50 books to his credit. His works include Stanley's Party and The Bear on the Bed. He lives in Millbrook, Ontario.

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