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Stanley's Wild Ride
     

Stanley's Wild Ride

by Bailey, Slavin (Illustrator)
 

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Stanley's Party may have come to an end ... but our favorite party animal's back and ready to roll!

Stanley knows he's not supposed to leave the yard, but he's dog-tired of it. So when he discovers a way out ... he's gone! A few escapes later, five dogs are on the lam. And with Stanley in the lead, they're off to have the kind of fun you can't find in a

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Stanley's Party may have come to an end ... but our favorite party animal's back and ready to roll!

Stanley knows he's not supposed to leave the yard, but he's dog-tired of it. So when he discovers a way out ... he's gone! A few escapes later, five dogs are on the lam. And with Stanley in the lead, they're off to have the kind of fun you can't find in a yard — chasing tomcats, sampling tasty garbage and soaking fire hydrants.

Then, late at night, atop the steepest hill in town, they come upon a mysterious wheeled ... thing. And before you can say "Hot dog!" Stanley's off on the ride of a lifetime!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Stanley, a lovable galoot of a lab, proves himself a master of mischief and mayhem as he once again breaks the house rules.—Quill and Quire

[S]mart, comic and a rollicking good time.—School Library Journal

Try this well-paced, energetic story with restless young listeners who, like Stanley, feel a bit penned in.—Booklist

Publishers Weekly
The pooch star, having discovered that he could have the run of the house while the people were away in Stanley's Party (in a starred review, PW called it "first-class entertainment all the way"), escapes from the yard for his latest adventure, Stanley's Wild Ride by Linda Bailey, illus. by Bill Slavin, in which he once again recruits other hounds from the 'hood to join in the fun. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
Fun, fun, fun! That's what Stanley and his friends are having after their daring escapes. Stanley is a dog of an indeterminate breed who is tired of being in the back yard. Stanley yearns for excitement, and finds it after he is able to dig a hole under the fence. He runs up and down the block in sheer exhilaration, and then decides to help his canine buddies escape as well. Alice, Nutsy, Elwood, and Gassy Jack all join Stanley in a romp around town. They run to the top of the Big Hill, and there Stanley finds an object—a flat board with wheels—and that is when the real adventure begins. All his friends find other wheeled objects and off they go until they lose control and run right through a fence into Stanley's yard. The story is fun to read and kids will be chuckling at the illustrations of a motley crew of pooches careening wildly on the various wheeled objects.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Stuck in the same backyard day after day, Stanley the dog is bored. Then, he finds a small hole by the fence. Imagine his surprise when, after a long day of digging, he finds himself on the other side, with no leash and no person. He rounds up his canine friends, and they enjoy a night on the town. While admiring the view from a hill, Stanley sees an unfamiliar object. He investigates (it smells like feet) and accidentally takes a wild ride on a skateboard, followed by his pals, who have found assorted vehicles of their own. The adventure ends at Stanley's yard, where he is reunited with his people, who "taste sleepy." The story builds slowly, but the ride is worth the wait. The text is smart, comic, and a rollicking good time. Although Stanley and his friends talk to one another, they never lose their essential dogginess: garbage is for eating, cats for chasing, fences for escaping, and everything is for sniffing. Even the ride captures a pup's point of view as he roars down the hill "faster than a squirrel!" Good pacing builds anticipation at each page turn, and the textured acrylic cartoon illustrations capture the story's energy and humor. Clever details punctuate the art, and the dogs' bodies and faces reflect their joy and excitement. An appealing companion to Stanley's Party (Kids Can, 2003).-Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554532544
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
02/28/2008
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
894,578
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
AD440L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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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