Stanley Mows the Lawn

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One day, Stanley sets out to mow his lawn. Up and back, up and back, there's only one way to do it...or is there? Renowned graphic designer and illustrator 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.
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Overview

One day, Stanley sets out to mow his lawn. Up and back, up and back, there's only one way to do it...or is there? Renowned graphic designer and illustrator 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.
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Publishers Weekly
After "finding magic in the mundane" (according to PW) in his debut book, Stanley Goes for a Drive, Craig Frazier similarly uncovers the enchantment to be found in simple blades of grass in Stanley Mows the Lawn. The farmer, while pushing his mower, discovers a snake who prefers the grass long, and they reach a compromise, revealed in the graphically sophisticated yet deceptively spare compositions. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-The grass in Stanley's yard covers the toes of his boots, so he takes out his push mower and begins cutting in neat, straight lines. Suddenly, he hears something moving in the grass and stops. At the same time, Hank the snake stops. He hears something moving outside the grass. Bravely they look at one another, and then Hank slithers across the short grass and back into the tall grass. This gives Stanley an idea that makes both of them happy. Stunning illustrations, created by hand and colored on the computer, complement the text. Frazier uses a limited palette, dominated by shades of green. The spread introducing Hank, a green striped snake weaving through the tall green grass, is striking. The style and perspective are reminiscent of the Soviet Social Realism movement of the 1920s, emphasizing how large Stanley must seem to Hank. The text is well matched with the illustrations: limited but strong and descriptive. The book uses subtle humor to convey its theme of seeing the world from another's point of view and finding a mutually agreeable solution. From the grass-covered endpapers to the dramatic spread showing Stanley's finished lawn, the book is well crafted and packs strong child appeal.-Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
What begins as a routine chore literally takes a turn, with a satisfying and visually creative result. Stanley begins mowing his lawn, up and back, up and back, repeating until a critter, Hank the snake, causes Stanley to take pause, alter his course from a perfectly straight swath to a zig and a zag, inspired by the shape of the snake he's discovered in the tall, green grass, and leaving Hank some grass as well. Frazier's imaginative conceptual and graphic solution will appeal to younger and more sophisticated readers. Endpapers comprised of photo-realistic piled up cut grass in different shades of green create varying depth, light and color. Like Stanley, Frazier is hard at work, adding an artistic touch to his project. He interjects a play between the artist and the computer, creating the illustrations by hand and coloring them on the computer. Juxtaposition of straight and curved lines, light and dark, large and small shapes, varying perspectives and a hint of the surreal (kidney-shaped clouds) offer an engaging visual experience. The story concludes: "When Stanley finished mowing he looked at his lawn and he liked it, so did Hank." And so will the reader. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811848466
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Series: Stanley Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.67 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig Frazier is recognized worldwide for his illustration and graphic design. He is the author of Stanley Goes for a Drive and The Illustrated Voice (a personal monograph) and is the designer of the Adobe typeface Critter. He is married with two children and lives in sunny Northern California.
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  • Posted October 24, 2010

    I love love love this book!

    This is such a cute little book! I have been reading it to my son since he was 2 (he is 6 now) and he is always excited when I grab it to read! It is fun with eye catching illustrations!

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