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Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure!

Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure!

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by Jeff Brown, Macky Pamintuan (Illustrator)

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In this 50th anniversary edition, join Flat Stanley and the rest of the Lambchop family on the adventure that started it all!

Kids love Flat Stanley—even reluctant readers. And for parents and teachers, each Flat Stanley book delivers multicultural adventure, plot and character development story elements, and compare and


In this 50th anniversary edition, join Flat Stanley and the rest of the Lambchop family on the adventure that started it all!

Kids love Flat Stanley—even reluctant readers. And for parents and teachers, each Flat Stanley book delivers multicultural adventure, plot and character development story elements, and compare and contrast.

When Stanley Lambchop wakes up one morning, his brother, Arthur, is yelling. A bulletin board fell on Stanley during the night, and now he is only half an inch thick! Amazing things begin happening to him. Stanley gets rolled up, mailed, and flown like a kite. He even gets to help catch two dangerous art thieves. He may be flat, but he's a hero.

"With lots of pictures and goofy situations, this is a short, delightful story that young readers have loved for generations." (Brightly.com)

Editorial Reviews

It's been almost four decades since a bulletin board first flattened little Stanley Lambchop and transformed him into a two-dimensional reader favorite. (Well, not exactly two-dimensional: He is half an inch thick!) Now Stanley pops again into sight, introducing a new generation of beginning readers to the hilarious adventures of a paper-thin hero.
Publishers Weekly
Youngsters will welcome the return of favorite characters in an array of beginning chapter books. Stanley Lambchop deflates once more in Stanley, Flat Again, the sixth title in the series by Jeff Brown, illus. by Scott Nash. Whereas the hero flew as a kite in Flat Stanley, here he serves as a spinnaker to win a sailboat race. When a building collapses, he slips beneath the wreckage to save a classmate just before it tumbles down. A paperback version of Flat Stanley, also with illustrations by Nash, is being released simultaneously. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Stanley might be flat, but his story sure isn't. This is the first in a series of books about a boy who is flattened to a mere half inch of thickness by his bulletin board. Quicker than you can say, "poor Stanley," he discovers life as a pancake does have its advantages. Stanley can slip under locked doors, fly like a kite, and get to California cheaply via U.S. mail. Despite his exciting adventures, like helping capture art thieves, Stanley eventually wants to be normal thickness again. Stanley's brother finds a way to help him out. The back of the book has a cardboard Stanley for kids to cut out and mail to their friends. Send Stanley on some new adventures! 2003 (orig. 1964), Harper Collins,
— Connie Van Hoven
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Based on Jeff Brown's original story (HarperCollins, 1964), this oversize picture book condenses some of the adventures of the ever-popular character who was flattened by a bulletin board. Ending up four feet tall, a foot wide, and half-an-inch thick, Stanley discovers that being flat is not only novel (he can slip under cracks), but also exciting. He is mailed off to California in a large envelope; he can be flown like a huge kite; and one night, disguised as a shepherdess, he hides in a painting in the art museum and foils some thieves. Full-page, cartoon illustrations in watercolor and crayon enhance the story while remaining true to the original. This version of an old favorite will introduce a beloved character to a new generation of younger children. It should have wide appeal.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Flat Stanley Series
Edition description:
40th Anniversary Edition
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
7.34(w) x 11.04(h) x 0.20(d)
AD550L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

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Flat Stanley 40th Anniversary Edition

Chapter One

The Big Bulletin Board

Breakfast was ready.

"I will go wake the boys," Mrs. Lambchop said to her husband, George Lambchop. Just then their younger son, Arthur, called from the bedroom he shared with his brother, Stanley.

"Hey! Come and look! Hey!"

Mr. and Mrs. Lambchop were both very much in favor of politeness and careful speech. "Hay is for horses, Arthur, not people," Mr. Lambchop said as they entered the bedroom. "Try to remember that."

"Excuse me," Arthur said. "But look!"

He pointed to Stanley's bed. Across it lay the enormous bulletin board that Mr. Lambchop had given the boys a Christmas ago so that they could pin up pictures and messages and maps. It had fallen, during the night, on top of Stanley.

But Stanley was not hurt. In fact, he would still have been sleeping if he had not been woken by his brother's shout.

"What's going on here?" he called out cheerfully from beneath the enormous board.

Mr. and Mrs. Lambchop hurried to lift it from the bed.

"Heavens!" said Mrs. Lambchop.

"Gosh!" said Arthur. "Stanley's flat!"

"As a pancake," said Mr. Lambchop. "Darndest thing I've ever seen."

"Let's all have breakfast," Mrs. Lambchop said. "Then Stanley and I will go see Dr. Dan and hear what he has to say."

In his office, Dr. Dan examined Stanley all over.

"How do you feel?" he asked. "Does it hurt very much?"

"I felt sort of tickly for a while after I got up," Stanley Lambchop said, "but I feel fine now."

"Well, that's mostly how it is with these cases," said Dr.Dan.

"We'll just have to keep an eye on this young fellow," he said when he had finished the examination. "Sometimes we doctors, despite all our years of training and experience, can only marvel at how little we really know."

Mrs. Lambchop said she thought Stanley's clothes would have to be altered by the tailor now, so Dr. Dan told his nurse to take Stanley's measurements.

Mrs. Lambchop wrote them down.

Stanley was four feet tall, about a foot wide, and half an inch thick.

Flat Stanley 40th Anniversary Edition. 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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His Original Adventure! 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 168 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really funny and interesting. I wish the author writes more number of books on this character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So gooooood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great beginning reader
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like that book wasl sooper.I like to read to my class
tchrreader More than 1 year ago
This is a great story about Flat Stanley and his travels. Where will he go and who will he visit. Our class room like many classrooms around the country have been inspired by this book to make our own flat people to travel, explore and visit. We sent our flat people to relatives and our flat people returned with facts from far away places, photos of new and interesting places and a great show and tell item. You will love this book and I encourage you to make yourself flat and send yourself around the world!
petu More than 1 year ago
My 9 year old can't wait to get more Flat Stanley Books!! He created his own "Flat Carson" and sent him off for a visit to his uncle in Seattle.......as soon as his finished his first Flat Stanley book..... One of my older children read this book when he was in grammar school and also sent his "flat Stanley" off to visit a relative - and when Flat Stanley returned home he had had quite an adventure of his own......a zoo visit, a sightseeing trip to various landmarks
May_Dawson More than 1 year ago
Flat Stanley is amazing. It is appropriate for my daughter and my son (7 and 5) and they LOVE to read it. The tenor of the story is upbeat, and the humor quotient is high. This is a great book for school, a great book for some early geography conversation starters, and a great book for early readers.
Damaris Diaz More than 1 year ago
This book is very nice, it has funny parts to it, you should buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 12 now but i loved this book when i was a kid this book is a very good book to i would say any kid really so if you are a kid looking for a book turn to 2d flat stanley:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
100% it is good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great for ages 7 - 9 If you liked this i would recommend Nate the great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book club I founded donates a classroom set of these each year. The first year,most of the students came from homes with no books available or reading encouraged. We received encouraging letters of how much they enjoyed the book. This year, the librarian at another school suggested donating a set of books to the library. Multiple classes will have the opportunity to use them. Some of the students send us their Flat Stanleys
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to do a project with flat stanley last year where you send stanley to a friend or realitive and they have adventures with them. Great book! I review a lot of books and you can always trust my reviews just look for the 10 year old reviewer or my signature comment. (Bad @$$ book)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read thus a while ago. Im sixteen now.in the first grade we had to make a paper one then carry it aroud with us.we haf to go on adventures with it.i still have the pictures of me at the zoo with my friend flat stanley.i know you may not care...but great book and activity for elementary school kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My brother is the pickiest kid on the entire EARTH! Which is why I was shocked when he asked me to buy the whole book because he liked the sample. The only books my brother reads are abc books and captain underpants. In my opinion, horrible library! I would know considering I read very high level books gor my age. Wonderful book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My boys love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why is his last name lambchop...?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book. In third grade, i had to read and do a project on this it. :)
Autumn Gummeringer More than 1 year ago
i love it
NYSusan More than 1 year ago
Great book for either enjoyment or educational purposes. Our granddaughter sent us a Flat Stanley in the mail from Seattle to New York as a school project. We made a 20 page 12" x 12" scrapbook of the adventures of the Seattle Flat Stanley and the NY Flat Stanley (dressed in a NY Yankee uniform) we had made. It was such a fun project to go around NYC with both Flat Stanleys and put together the scrapbook. It was sent back to my granddaugher's Seattle teacher and was a big hit at the school.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brilliant adventures full of action and emotion. It gives you great insight to what it would be like if a message board fell on you in your sleep. The symbolism in the book shows how all the ills of the world could be solved if we all had a message board fall on us. And maybe his story could inspire us to fly like a kite or wear woman's clothing in painting.
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