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Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure! (original 1964; edition 2009)

by Jeff Brown

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Title:Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure!
Authors:Jeff Brown
Info:Scholastic (2009), Paperback
Collections:Your library
Tags:Adventure, Social Studies, Humor, Series, Geography, Travel

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Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown (1964)



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Stanley Lambchop is an ordinary boy who quickly realizes that a flat boy can do almost anything. Everything was normal, until one night his bulletin board fell off the wall and flattened him completely. All of a sudden, Stanley can slide under doors, mail himself across the country in an envelope, and fly like a kite! But flatness has its serious side, too. Sneak thieves have been stealing paintings from the Famous Museum of Art, and Stanley knows he's the only one who can stop them.
  mbrandel | May 3, 2016 |
I love Flat Stanley! This a fun and silly book for children to read and to boost their imagination. I enjoyed the story line and illustrations that go along with it. The brother, Stanley, get's smushed flat like a pancake and is then able to be shipped to friends and relatives across the globe because he is so thin. Stanley then gets to explore and create these adventures. The illustrations do a fabulous job depicting the silly story line. The main point of this book is to take adventures and have fun because you will be able to make memories that you won't forget.
  amyadams19 | May 3, 2016 |
At over 50 years old, "Flat Stanley" is a story and character that has truly stood the test of time. The story begins with the Lambchop family waking up to some shocking news, Stanley has been crushed by a bulletin board! The family is in distress until they uncover something extraordinary, Stanley is perfectly fine - except for being half an inch thick. Now flat, Stanley is able to do many unbelievable things like travel via mail cross country, be flown as a kite, and catch thieves in the act while posing as a painting. In the end, though, people start making fun of Stanley for looking different, so his brother blows him back up with a bicycle pump. As a fantasy, "Flat Stanley" is a very strong example, because there's no explicit "magic" necessarily happening, he's just a regular boy who was impossible misshapen. Setting the story in an otherwise plausible world, students could connect to the emotions Stanley experiences, especially at the end when he is bullied. This book would be an excellent way to begin a discussion with your class - or school - about differences and bullying, but it would also be a fun way to talk about what unique qualities we all have that make us unique.
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  ShelbyEllis | Apr 15, 2016 |
This is an old book that I would have for students to read rather than having it be an in class reading book or used in a lesson. It is a strange story of how a boy was sleeping and a bulliten board fell and flattened him. He stayed falltened and was perfectly fine and healthy that way and the events that followed were very strange. Stanley, the flattened boy would be carried by his father all rolled up. He could squeeze under closed doors, and his little brother wished he was the same way. He tries to flatten himself under a pile of books and after his parents caught his their mom had a talk with Stanley. She said he needed to be nice to his little brother because he was jealous. He was even able to help people like when someone's right fell down a grate. As the book goes on there is a windy day in the park and many kids are our flying their kites. Stanley asks a kids whose kite broke for their string and he became a kite for his little brother. His brother was just saying how he wished he has a kite and could become famous. He got bored of flying the kite after some time and went with friends to get a hot dog, leaving his end of the kite in the fork of the tree. Stanley got stuck and was mad at his brother. By the end of the book they pumped Stanley back to normal and he wasn't flat anymore. ( )
  jennabushong | Mar 14, 2016 |
I really liked “Flat Stanley” for two reasons. First, there are multiple activities that children can do which incorporate the use of technology. For example, lately I have seen pictures of flat Stanley drawings that parents take pictures of and ‘share’ on facebook, just to see how far flat Stanley can travel. This is a fun way to see how fast things get around, but it can also be done by giving flat Stanley to a friend and having him travel for a week or two. Second, I like that this book is a children’s chapter book, but the chapters are not long. The first chapter is about 8-9 pages, which is great for young readers. This makes it easier to grab their attention and want to continue reading. The main idea of this book is to describe the adventures that Flat Stanley is now able to go on after having a book case fall on him. For example, he is able to slide under closed door, which can be a good or bad thing. It is a silly story and great for children. ( )
  aseipp1 | Mar 10, 2016 |
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Flat as a pancake, smashed by a bulletin board, Stanley uses his new shape to gain attention, but he soon learns the downside of being different. Jeff Brown's sophisticated humor keeps adults entertained, while kids identify with Stanley's feelings and enjoy his adventures. The illustration style, though dated, is expressive and funny. Brown's understanding of childhood emotions is as highly tuned as his humorous, understated writing style: "Mr. Dart stood back a few feet and stared at him for a moment. 'Oh well,' he said, 'it may not be art, but I know what I like.'"

The lesson about the perils of going to extremes for attention is subtly conveyed, as Stanley is teased and rejected by his peers and Mom delivers a heavy-handed lecture about accepting other's differences, including racial and religious ones. Younger siblings will relate to Arthur's jealousy, too.
After a bulletin board fell on him and decreased his thickness to one-half an inch, Stanley's life changed in peculiar ways. His younger, well-rounded brother was jealous of flat Stanley, who could fit under closed doors, slip down sidewalk grates, be carried bundle-form, or flown as a kite,-- and who was finally proclaimed a ""flat here"" for being instrumental in uncovering a pair of thieves. The listening group will enjoy Stanley's bizarre perspective on the world.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Jeff Brownprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ungerer, TomiIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nash, ScottIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pamintuan, MackyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Breakfast was ready. "I will go wake up the boys," Mrs. Lambchop said to her husband, George Lambchop.
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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 is a hero!

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After a bulletin board falls on Stanley while he is sleeping, he finds that being flat has its advantages.

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