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Monday 26 July 2010

Review: Flat Stanley

Stanley Lambchop awakes one morning to find that he is flat. Half an inch in width, to be precise.
He finds that his new flat life is really very handy – he can slip under doors, fit into an envelope to be posted to his friend’s house in America, be carried like a rolled-up parcel, and be flown like a kite.

Stanley’s adventures also allow him to help catch two local thieves who have escaped capture for a long time. Stanley Lambchop is now a hero and a household name.

Life seems so much fun being flat that his brother, Arthur, is jealous and tries to flatten himself. After all, why should Stanley get all the attention while he remains the boring, normal one?

Soon, it all changes.

When the children at school begin teasing Stanley for being different, Arthur feels sorry for him and tries to help him become round again.

First published in the 1960s, Flat Stanley is a classic, fun tale of a boy with a difference. The story is timeless and still just as relevant – with its messages of acceptance, jealousy and good versus evil – in the modern world.

As Arthur learns to understand his brother’s situation and the family adapts to this new version of Stanley, children see that being different or standing out from the crowd is not always easy.

Readers will be left wanting more Stanley Lambchop adventures, so be ready to search through the other titles in this gorgeous series.

Title: Flat Stanley
Author: Jeff Brown
Illustrator: Scott Nash
Publisher: Egmont, $9.95 RRP
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781405204170
For ages: 7+
Type: Junior Fiction