Stanley the hamster and his friends Little Woo and Teddy demonstrate nine opposing pairs of words in this follow-up to his previous board books about colors and shapes. The bold colors and thick black outlines of Bee’s illustrations make a strong impact while clearly depicting the opposing terms: “Little Woo is in the water. Stanley is out of the water,” he writes as the two toss a beach ball back and forth, as Little Woo sits in a kiddie pool. There’s the occasional oddity (the British term canoe is used to describe kayaks in one scene), but the book’s sharp design and playful humor will hit the spot with Stanley’s fans. Simultaneously available: Stanley’s Numbers. Ages 2–6. (Aug.)
“Kids will be asking for these by name.” ―School Library Journal
Travel through a day with Stanley and Little Woo as they compare differences in number, time, size, and location – “Little Woo is in the water. Stanley is out of the water.” “Stanley’s paint can is full. Oh dear…Little Woo’s is empty!” The book fittingly begins with Stanley waking up and ends with the hard-working hamster back in bed for the night. Written and illustrated by William Bee, the book boasts his signature cheerful, colorful art bordered in bold black outline.
This sturdy board book series, focused on early childhood education concepts, will appeal to toddlers, preschoolers, and fans of Lucy Cousins’ Maisy. It’s a great stepping-stone to William Bee’s beloved series of padded picture books featuring Stanley and his rodent friends as they explore jobs and careers, vehicles, daily routines, and what it means to be part of a community.
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The book’s sharp design and playful humor will hit the spot with Stanley’s fans.” ―Publishers Weekly