Stanley's Christmas Adventure (Flat Stanley Series)
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Stanley's Christmas Adventure (Flat Stanley Series)

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by Jeff Brown, Macky Pamintuan
     
 

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Who will save Christmas?

Santa Claus is not his usual, jolly self. In fact, he's in a terrible mood. He doesn't believe that children appreciate Christmas anymore. This year, he has decided that he is not going to deliver any Christmas presents!

Luckily, his daughter, Sarah Claus, knows who to call for help. The Lambchop family! But can

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Who will save Christmas?

Santa Claus is not his usual, jolly self. In fact, he's in a terrible mood. He doesn't believe that children appreciate Christmas anymore. This year, he has decided that he is not going to deliver any Christmas presents!

Luckily, his daughter, Sarah Claus, knows who to call for help. The Lambchop family! But can they convince Santa that there are still good children in the world? Just leave it up to Stanley.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Sometimes it is not wise to try to improve on a sure-fire hit, as the plethora of Flat Stanley adventures seem to prove. This time Santa Claus is refusing to deliver presents because he is upset by humans' greed and constant warring and bickering. His daughter Sarah makes an impromptu visit to the Lambchops, as Santa was once impressed by a letter Stanley wrote, and convinces them to travel with her to Snow City to change Santa's mind. The altruistic Stanley and brother Arthur read from the letters that they had written to Santa asking that all their gifts be given to victims of a recent South African earthquake. Of course, Santa relents and promises to fly on Christmas with a sleigh filled with presents for everyone. The Lambchops return home none the worse for wear and thanks to a little magic dust are completely unaware of the journey they made. This little adventure is as deflated as Stanley once was. He has lost some of his luster now that he is a regular boy having been blown up by Arthur's bicycle pump. The text is breezy and simple and the cartoon illustrations help move everything along. Since the original in 1964 the Lambchops have been "modernized" so that they scarcely resemble their original selves. This lightweight fare is not a first purchase and probably won't be missed. Teachers should stick to the original and read it aloud to their students and continue to send their Flat Stanley replicas on adventures. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780064421751
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/23/2003
Series:
Flat Stanley Series
Edition description:
1ST HARPER
Pages:
76
Sales rank:
379,024
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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Stanley's Christmas Adventure

Chapter One

Sarah

It was two nights before Christmas, and all through the house not a Lambchop was stirring, but something was.

Stanley Lambchop sat up in his bed. "Listen! Someone said 'Rat.'"

"It was more like 'grat,'" said his younger brother Arthur, from his bed. "In the living room, I think."

The brothers tiptoed down the stairs.

For a moment all was silence in the darkened living room. Then came a thump. "Ouch!" said a small voice. "Drat again!"

"Are you a burglar?" Arthur called. "Did you hurt yourself?"

"I am not a burglar!" said the voice. "Where's the -- Ah!" The lights came on. The brothers stared.

Before the fireplace, by the Christmas tree, stood a slender, dark-haired little girl wearing a red jacket and skirt, both trimmed with white fur.

"I banged it twice," she said, rubbing her knee. "Coming down the chimney, and just now."

"We do have a front door, you know," said Stanley.

"Well, so does my house. But, you know, this time of year . . . ?" The girl sounded a bit nervous. "Actually, I've never done this before. Let's see . . . Ha, ha, ha! Season's Greetings! Ha, ha, ha!"

"'Ha, ha!' to you," said Arthur. "What's so funny?"

"Funny?" said the girl. "Oh! 'Ho, ho, ho!'

I meant. I'm Sarah Christmas. Who are you?"

"Arthur Lambchop," said Arthur. "That's my brother Stanley."

"It is? But he's not flat."

"He was, but I blew him up," Arthur explained. "With a bicycle pump."

"Oh, no! I wish you hadn't." Sarah Christmas sank into a chair. "Drat! It's all going wrong! Perhaps I shouldn't have come. But that's how I am. Headstrong, my mother says. She -- "

"Excuse me," Stanley said. "But where are you from?"

"And why did you come?" said Arthur.

Sarah told them.

Mr. and Mrs. Lambchop were reading in bed.

A tap came at the door, and then Stanley's voice. "Hey! Can I come in?"

Mr. and Mrs. Lambchop cared greatly for proper speech. "Hay is for horses, Stanley," she said. "And not 'can' dear. You may come in."

Stanley came in.

"What is the explanation, my boy, of this late call?" said Mr. Lambchop, remembering past surprises. "You have not, I see, become flat again. Has a genie come to visit? Or perhaps the President of the United States has called?"

Mrs. Lambchop smiled. "You are very amusing, George."

"Arthur and I were in bed," said Stanley. "But we heard a noise and went to see. It was a girl called Sarah Christmas, from Snow City. She talks a lot. She says her father says he won't come this year, but Sarah thinks he might change his mind if I ask him to. Because I wrote him a letter once that he liked. She wants me to go with her to Snow City. In her father's sleigh. It's at the North Pole, I think." Stanley caught his breath. "I said I'd have to ask you first."

"Quite right," said Mrs. Lambchop.

Mr. Lambchop went to the bathroom and drank a glass of water to calm himself. "Now then, Stanley," he said, returning. "You have greatly startled us. Surely -- "

"Put on your robe, George," said Mrs. Lambchop. "Let us hear for ourselves what this visitor has to say."

Stanley's Christmas Adventure. 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.

Macky Pamintuan is an accomplished artist who lives in the Philippines with his wife, Aymone; their baby girl, Alison; and a West Highland white terrier named Winter.

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Stanley's Christmas Adventure (Flat Stanley Series) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was hillarious,funny and cool.l am 8 years old and l read this on my mom,s nook. It was awesome. Get the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love every book in this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My old school we read flat stanley
lovetolearnandread More than 1 year ago
I think this is a good book because it tells about Christmas and Christmas is my favorite time of the year.I would recommend this book because my friends like Christmas too!
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Im9 and im useing my moms nook i like this book
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I love it so
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok yu asked for it!santa clause isnt real.i got an ipod for christmas one year and my parents said it was from santa and i acsidentaly dropped and my dad said" really, i paid 100 dpllars for that thing!"youre welcome.
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