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Stanley Goes for a Drive
     

Stanley Goes for a Drive

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by Craig Frazier
 

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One hot day, Stanley sets out for a drive with little on his mind. The road is dusty, the pond dry, the cows hot and tired—a usual summer day...or is it? In his first book for children, renowned graphic designer Craig Frazier has combined bold, dynamic illustrations with a simple story that celebrates the imagination and the art of looking at the world in your

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One hot day, Stanley sets out for a drive with little on his mind. The road is dusty, the pond dry, the cows hot and tired—a usual summer day...or is it? In his first book for children, renowned graphic designer Craig Frazier has combined bold, dynamic illustrations with a simple story that celebrates the imagination and the art of looking at the world in your own way.

Editorial Reviews

Elizabeth Ward
In his first children's book, graphic designer Craig Frazier makes the tricky art of marrying words and pictures look deceptively easy.
The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
Frazier's (The Illustrated Voice) graphically expressive debut children's title innocuously begins as the story of a man and his truck on a searing, dusty day. But it soon sheds its initial pragmatism for a dreamlike flight of fancy. Reflecting the author's background in design and illustration, the full-bleed, digitally colored artwork consists of simple forms and silhouettes with occasional pixel-like shadows suggesting three-dimensionality. Stanley, a typical Frazier figure, "[sets] out on a drive with little on his mind" in his red, vintage pickup truck, sporting a vest, shirtsleeves and brimmed hat. Austere sentences underscore the normalcy: "There wasn't a cloud in the sky, just the baking hot sun. The pond was so dry that it couldn't even make a reflection." Passing a herd of black cows, however, Stanley brings his truck to a halt; he approaches the lone spotted one with buckets, a stool and "an idea." After milking the animal, he tosses the buckets' contents into the air, and the milk fluidly morphs into clouds. A storm brings rain and respite, transforming the parched and yellowed landscape into a verdant wonderland. The theme of finding magic in the mundane should appeal to readers of all ages who are perhaps already familiar with the enchantments that can be found in a seemingly ordinary day in the country. Ages 4-8 (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Stanley, a man out for a drive in his red pickup truck observes a dry, hot, almost colorless world. Everything seems void of life and energy in the fields he passes. When Stanley stops to milk a cow, he realizes that he has the power to change his dispirited environment. Taking the pail of milk, he throws its contents towards the sky and watches milky white clouds form. These clouds fill with water and ultimately pour upon the lifeless earth. All changes. Color, energy, promise fill the pages and Stanley's drive back home begins. A book with very little text, this is a story of pictures. The reader must read the pictures in order to experience the story. Color, shadow, silhouette, and line are all used within the illustrations to dramatically represent the changes around Stanley. The real story is within these changes and Stanley's ability to make them happen. The message of this book may be more for the adult reading it to the child then the child himself. However, the magical changes caused by "spilled milk" have the power to delight even the very young. 2004, Chronicle Books, Ages 3 to 8.
—Andrea Sears Andrews
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Imagination and creativity are quietly, but fantastically, at work here. Stanley goes for a drive in his pickup on a hot, dry day when there isn't a cloud in the sky. "The pond was so dry that it couldn't even make a reflection." Suddenly, he sees a black-and-white spotted cow amid a herd of black bovines. He milks it, and the spots drain off. He tosses the milk into the sky, where it forms puffy white clouds that darken and pour rain. The earth turns green, the pond fills up, the air cools down, and Stanley heads home. Life has returned to normal. The brevity of the text and the simplicity of the illustrations create a fine-tuned balance. Hand-drawn and colored on the computer, the graphics are reminiscent of 1950s advertisements. Crisp, clean edges contain the flat color. The limited palette is powerful: warm browns and oranges heat up the beginning pages; monochromatic greens cool and refresh the final ones. The masterful use of composition surprises readers with large shapes in the foreground that contrast with small, multiple figures in the background to create asymmetric balance and depth, drawing viewers in from near to far. Repetition of shapes and color provides a rhythmic flow and continuity throughout. Children will read both pictures and words in this visually outstanding work and then use their imaginations to drive beyond them.-Carolyn Janssen, Children's Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
Picture books aren't just about pictures. As such adepts as Margaret Wise Brown, Byron Barton and Molly Bang have shown, the words are important too especially since there are, or should be, so few of them (Bang's brilliant Yellow Ball has just 28). Vocabulary, rhythm, placement on the page are all crucial. In his first children's book, graphic designer Craig Frazier makes the tricky art of marrying words and pictures look deceptively easy. When "Stanley set out for a drive with little on his mind" the single, inviting sentence on the first double page spread the world he sees is as empty and dry as his imagination, done in black, dusty browns and desiccated reds. But then, "Stanley passed a herd of cows. His eye caught by a cows bright, milk-white patches, "Stanley had an idea" that would change everything. In a dizzying chain reaction of creativity, he milks the cow, its patches become milk, the milk becomes clouds. Finally, "the clouds began to pour." As Stanley drives home, the pages, like his thoughts and spirits, have been struck green. The cow has just one apt word for this miraculous transformation: "Mooo." -The Washington Post

Frazier's (The Illustrated Voice) graphically expressive debut children's title innocuously begins as the story of a man and his truck on a searing, dusty day. But it soon sheds its initial pragmatism for a dreamlike flight of fancy. Reflecting the author's background in design and illustration, the full bleed, digitally colored artwork consists of simple form and silhouettes with occasional pixel like shadows suggesting three dimensionality. Stanley, a typical Frazier figure, "[sets] out on a drive with little on his mind" in his red, vintage pickup truck, sporting a vest, shirtsleeves and brimmed hat. Austere sentences underscore the normalcy: "There wasn't a cloud in the sky, just the baking hot sun....The pond was so dry that it couldn't even make a reflection." Passing a herd of black cows, however Stanley brings his truck to a halt; he approaches the lone spotted one with buckets, a stool and "an idea." After milking the animal, he tosses the buckets' contents into the air, and the milk fluidly morphs into clouds A storm brings rain and respite, transforming the parched and yellowed landscape into a verdant wonderland. The theme of finding magic in the mundane should appeal to readers of all ages who are perhaps already familiar with the enchantments that can be found in a seemingly ordinary day in the country. —Publishers Weekly

When Stanley goes for a drive in his old red pickup on a dried out, brown as dirt summer day, he's not thinking about much. Until, that is, he spies a black and white spotted cow on the side of the road. He milks the cow, and, magically, the milk from his buckets floats up and materializes as white clouds in the sky, taking the same shapes as the cow's spots. The clouds start to pour (rain, not milk) and the palette of the landscape turns from brown to green. Frazier, a renowned graphic artist, tells his story with color and shape; in a sense, the story is about the perception of color and shape. The appealing, crisp computer graphics (the art is hand drawn and colored on a computer) also evoke old fashioned silhouette art, and a variety of offbeat perspectives force readers to focus on details they might normally overlook. Reading this unusual, visually intriguing story is like examining a surrealist painting where something shifts inexplicably as one watches. Children may never view a spotted cow the same way again. —Kirkus Reviews "

Picture books aren't just about pictures. As such adepts as Margaret Wise Brown, Byron Barton and Molly Bang have shown, the words are important, too—especially since there are, or should be, so few of them (Bang's brilliant Yellow Ball gas just 28). Vocabulary, rhythm, placement on the page all are crucial. In his first childrens' book, graphic designer Craig Frazier makes the tri

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452112572
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
01/13/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Craig Frazier is well known worldwide for his illustration and design. He is the author of The Illustrated Voice and the designer of the Adobe typeface Critter. He is married with two children and lives in Northern California. His first and only pickup truck was a 1954 Chevy.

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Stanley Goes for a Drive 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
MTWMOM More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome kids book with really good, fun illustrations!