Flat Stanley

Written by: Jeff Brown, Scott Nash, Macky Pamintuan

Flat Stanley Book Cover
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. This is the very first Flat Stanley adventure, updated with crisp new art.

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Flat Stanley Reviews

booklady
I remember my daughters talking about this book and I said, "What is a flat Stanley?" So, of course I had to read the book to find out. Very cute! Great to fire a child's (of any age!) imagination. As Krista says, 'you can do so much with this book!'
Ben
Stanley gets inexplicably flattened when a bulletin board falls on him but he finds that being flat has its advantages. You can slip under doors, be sent places in an envelope, be a kite or disguise yourself as a painting to catch art thieves. But in the end it can be a drag. The other kids at school will inevitably make fun of you and make you feel bad.

“Maybe it’s impossible for everybody to like everybody.”
“Perhaps. But they can try.”

Luckily there are such things as kind mums and brothers... a Stanley gets inexplicably flattened when a bulletin board falls on him but he finds that being flat has its advantages. You can slip under doors, be sent places in an envelope, be a kite or disguise yourself as a painting to catch art thieves. But in the end it can be a drag. The other kids at school will inevitably make fun of you and make you feel bad.

“Maybe it’s impossible for everybody to like everybody.”
“Perhaps. But they can try.”

Luckily there are such things as kind mums and brothers... and bicycle pumps.

This little book from 1964 lives up to its children’s classic status. My six-year-old loved it. An unusual, laugh-out-loud funny, yet touching read.
Jennifer Oswald
Read with my 8 year old son. I am having him review books this summer. Here is his review.

"Each chapter was fun and funny. My favorite part was when he was the shepherd when trying to arrest the bad guys because he has to act like a girl and doesn't like it. Flat Stanley really tries to be helpful and also likes to show off. His parents don't seem to care about him. When he got flattened by a bulletin board, his parents were like "let's eat breakfast then go to the doctor" What!?!?! But, I reall Read with my 8 year old son. I am having him review books this summer. Here is his review.

"Each chapter was fun and funny. My favorite part was when he was the shepherd when trying to arrest the bad guys because he has to act like a girl and doesn't like it. Flat Stanley really tries to be helpful and also likes to show off. His parents don't seem to care about him. When he got flattened by a bulletin board, his parents were like "let's eat breakfast then go to the doctor" What!?!?! But, I really liked the book."
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Abby Gallier
When I was in third grade, my teacher read this book to my class, and then gave us all our own Flat Stanleys around the world. We each had three cut-outs that we colored, and then mailed out. I remember sending mine to Michigan, Ohio, and Germany. It was one of the coolest projects I've ever done in school, and I would recommend this series for ages 7-9. Flat Stanley goes on so many cool adventures, it almost made me wish I could squeeze into an envelop and be mailed around the world myself!
Darinda
Stanley is a regular boy, he just woke up flat one day. At first, he enjoys being flat. He gets to do all sorts of fun things. After a while, Stanley gets tired of being different and being made fun of, and he wishes to be a normal boy again.

Cute and fun. When Stanley is flat, he gets to do all sorts of fun things other kids would not be able to do. We also learn, sometime being different is hard.
Ashley Wilcock
The book took me about 35 minutes to read. The author displays a great deal of humor throughout the story.
It is an enjoyable and easy-going read, but there is not much to learn from it. I am interested to see if the series "Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventure" will be more informational. If they are, they may be useful in a lower-grade classroom for social studies and geography lessons.
Courtney Stevens
I'm a big fan of this boy who is flattened to be a 1/2 inch thick and continues to live his life positively!! He travels across the country via envelope (as opposed to bus, plane or train), he disguises himself as a painting to catch some sneak thieves, and he develops a friendship with his brother that is so sweet. Great book, super quick read.
Madison Dragonas
Flat Stanley is a very outgoing character. He travels all over the place! This would be a great book to read if you are doing a traveling activity. Have the students print out a Flat Stanley and take it with them wherever they go over the weekend. Then have the students come back and write a story about all the places he went!
Nicole Darby
I remember doing this in grade school for an activity. I just read this while putting up books for my grandma at her library.
Hilary
As a child, I enjoyed this tremendously. My 5yo loved it too. What a great way to spark imaginative stories!
Debie Orrell
Children's book on Stanley being squished by the bulletin and his adventures while being flat.
Bexa
Read for battle of the books. Wasn't that big of a fan, I've read Flat Stanley before, I just don't find it that entertaining. The concept is funny, but I don't like the writing.
Ben Callaway
These books teach some lessons while also providing them in an entertain scenario.
Lauren
Flat Stanley learns what it's like to be flat then takes on a few adventures and saves the day.
Katie
Honestly, a little boring and the super traditional gender roles are grating. Serviceable for intermediate readers who might enjoy the ridiculous situations.
Gail Thompson
Stanley is a boy who lives with his brother Arthur, and his parents, Mr. And Mrs Lambchop. The premise of the tale is as follows; a huge and heavy notice board falls on Stanley as he is lying in his bed. This squashes him flat, and he is about as deep as a piece of paper. He remains this way, and even the doctor says that all they can do is monitor him. He mother gets his clothes altered by a tailor.

Rather than let this get him down, Stanley has fun seeing what he can now he is flat. He can go t Stanley is a boy who lives with his brother Arthur, and his parents, Mr. And Mrs Lambchop. The premise of the tale is as follows; a huge and heavy notice board falls on Stanley as he is lying in his bed. This squashes him flat, and he is about as deep as a piece of paper. He remains this way, and even the doctor says that all they can do is monitor him. He mother gets his clothes altered by a tailor.

Rather than let this get him down, Stanley has fun seeing what he can now he is flat. He can go through the gap at the bottom of doorways, and rescues his mother’s ring from down a drain. His brother becomes quite jealous of these new abilities. At one point, Arthur even tries to make himself flat by piling heavy books on top of his chest. He is stopped by his parents and sent to bed. They explain to Stanley that his younger brother is jealous, and ask him to be nice to Arthur. Stanley does this by volunteering to let Arthur fly him like a kite, so that he will be more popular!

Stanley becomes a hero when he poses as a painting in the art gallery to foil the plans of a gang of sneak thieves. He ends up with his name and picture in the paper, and he is very happy. After a while people stop giving him positive attention, and they point, stare, and laugh at the ‘flat boy’. Stanley becomes very unhappy, and it is Arthur, desperate to make up for leaving Stanley trapped in the tree, who saves the day. He blows Stanley up with a bike pump, and all is well.

Stanley’ parents also post him via airmail to his pen friend’s house in the school holidays. The hundreds of Flat Stanley projects in schools take up this theme, as does the international Flat Stanley Project based online. Pupils read the story, and they all create their own Flat Stanley on paper. The children are all encouraged to post their Stanley to friends and relatives around the world. People take their photograph with Stanley and send a written account back to the child along with the photograph. The website has many of these stories and pictures from across the globe. I first heard of this book when a friend of mine received a Flat Stanley from her niece in America.

Throughout the book there is reference to good manners, tolerance and respect. “Mr. And Mrs Lambchop were both very much in favour of politeness and careful speech”. This is an important message for children, and I think that it was done in a very sensitive and clever way. Making good manners something that is important to characters that are so appealing to children can only help to get the message across.
The message on page 58 is obvious and even a little trite, but it is aimed at children;

“Shame on them,” Mrs Lambchop said. “It is wrong to dislike people for their shapes. Or their religion, for that matter, or the colour of their skin.”

This book was written in America during the sixties, and that was a vitally important message. People were fighting for equality, and against discrimination. It is a little sad to say that some sections of society are still in need of that very same message.

The book is only short, but very engaging. The story is completely improbable, but so charming that I really did not mind. The popularity of the book worldwide would indicate that many share my view. It is a useful little book that schools have used to promote reading, but also manners, tolerance, and world awareness. I wish I had read this book when my children were smaller, as I would have done our own Flat Stanley project. Keep your eyes pealed for Stanley as he goes on his travels. He’ll be easy to spot, he’s the flat boy!
Katie Hutson
This is a story of a little boy who woke up one day and was flat. He goes through many adventures in this chapter book, with an adventure every chapter. In the first chapter, was when he became flat. One morning Stanley woke up, he had a bulletin board fall on him in the middle of the night and it caused him to become flat. The next chapter, Being Flat, Stanley is adjusting to being so flat and he was really enjoying it. He was able to be helpful even though he was flat. He helped his mother get This is a story of a little boy who woke up one day and was flat. He goes through many adventures in this chapter book, with an adventure every chapter. In the first chapter, was when he became flat. One morning Stanley woke up, he had a bulletin board fall on him in the middle of the night and it caused him to become flat. The next chapter, Being Flat, Stanley is adjusting to being so flat and he was really enjoying it. He was able to be helpful even though he was flat. He helped his mother get her favorite ring back too. Stanley wanted to go and visit his friend Thomas but since he lived in California Stanley had no way to get there. Stanley’s dad came home with a envelope that was big enough for Stanley to use. His parents shipped Stanley off to California in that envelope and when it was time for him to come back, Thomas’ family did the same thing. Stanley has a little brother named Arthur and he was really jealous that Stanley was flat and could do things that Arthur could not. Stanley’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lambchop told Stanley to be nicer to Arthur. So when Stanley and Arthur went to the park, Stanley let Arthur fly him like a kite. But Arthur finally got bored and tied Stanley to a tree and left to get food with friends. Stanley realized that he was left and he got stuck in a tree. After that, Stanley was mad at Arthur for leaving him. The next morning Stanley hears his parents talking about how Mr. Dart, the director at the Art Museum has had painting stolen. So Stanley comes up with an idea to help Mr. Dart. Mr. Dart puts Stanley in a frame and dresses him up like a painting to catch the thieves. Stanley became famous for catching the thieves and after a while, people forgot about that and he was made fun of. They called him “Super-Skinny!” Stanley went to bed one night and was crying because he was so upset. Arthur heard Stanley crying and wanted to help. They took a bike pump and blew him up, right back into being a normal, round boy again.

The general age range of the book I believe would be primary, which is ages six to eight since this is a chapter book.
The artistic elements of this book are the pictures shown, the image of Stanley helps show him when he was “flat” so the child is able to see how flat he is and what he can do. For every chapter there are pictures that correspond and show the reader what is happening. The cover of the book shows what Stanley looks like when he is walking out from under a door, something that you just see him sliding under. The children will find it funny and help understand the story better with the pictures.

I would recommend this book for teachers to use, but for them to use it in class. There is a part in Flat Stanley where his brother Arthur is jealous and wants to become flat too, so he stacks books on top of himself. The teacher can use this part and say, “Have you ever been jealous of someone?” The teacher should be careful to explain to the child that they cannot become flat like Stanley.
Sarah
The creativity of this book allows students to explore their imagination. What would they be able to do if they were flat? It also provides a further activity at the back of the book where students can have adventures with their own "Flat Stanley" mailing him off to different people or taking pictures with him doing different activities. The concept of the book was good for students and does allow for further investigation of this fictional circumstance.

Some messages in the book such as being po The creativity of this book allows students to explore their imagination. What would they be able to do if they were flat? It also provides a further activity at the back of the book where students can have adventures with their own "Flat Stanley" mailing him off to different people or taking pictures with him doing different activities. The concept of the book was good for students and does allow for further investigation of this fictional circumstance.

Some messages in the book such as being polite, thinking before you speak, not jumping to conclusions, working together, learning to like yourself, resolving conflict, and not judging people based on their "shapes, religion, or the color of their skin" (p56) were important for children to learn, but weren't really the emphasis of the book. It tried to teach morals, but most of the morals were overshadowed by the adventures Stanley had.

The reason I only gave it two stars was that I found the story to be rather boring. I felt like the stories did not go together all that cohesively and the text was confusing at some points. I also disliked when text was on top of a gray picture. It made the text more difficult to read because the page got darker. There was less contrast between the black text and the gray shaded background, making it more difficult to read. For students who struggle with reading, are dyslexic, or are advanced - they may find it hard to read, difficult to discern different letters, or pass the word entirely missing out on sentence structure or key elements of the text.

I would not use this book as a teaching novel in my classroom because I believe there are better stories for this age group than this set of books. I would be more likely to use "The Magic Tree House" novels, "The Boxcar Children" novels, or Jerry Spinelli's books in my classroom because I feel they have a more developed story line and appeal to more children than this novel does.

That being said, I would keep the novel in my classroom for students to explore. The book would be in my library and be allowed to take home. I would encourage them to explore the idea of a flat person further by mailing Stanley around and having adventures with him if they enjoyed the book. It was a good book and it had certain good messages in it, but I wasn't head over heels about it.
Patti
A little different review approach here - I rate the story of Flat Stanley just 3 stars, if all you do is just read the book. But I rate the possibilities of Flat Stanley as a jump off for a most fun, exciting and educational project as 5+ stars. Average then is 4.

I watched my 7-yr. old 1st grade granddaughter (and her classmates) send off their own Flat Stanleys to relatives and friends throughout the world. The willing recipient then took that Flat Stanley all around the area and took picture A little different review approach here - I rate the story of Flat Stanley just 3 stars, if all you do is just read the book. But I rate the possibilities of Flat Stanley as a jump off for a most fun, exciting and educational project as 5+ stars. Average then is 4.

I watched my 7-yr. old 1st grade granddaughter (and her classmates) send off their own Flat Stanleys to relatives and friends throughout the world. The willing recipient then took that Flat Stanley all around the area and took pictures. Charlotte’s Flat Stanley went to visit relatives in Texas. After his tour, he was mailed back to Charlotte in California. (They had given him some boots, a cowboy hat, and a Texas star to wear!) The class located where their Flat Stanleys were sent, and along with pictures were posted on a large wall map for all to see. (One went as far away as The Philippines!) What a fun way to learn some geography and the wonders of different states, not to mention how to address and mail envelopes!

While visiting my other 1st grade granddaughter, Elle, in Arizona, we read the book together and she created her own Flat Stanley to mail off. He is visiting us in California now, but will be off to other far corners of the USA and Europe this summer thanks to willing relatives. Elle’s world is opening up thanks to Flat Stanley.

Added note here – At the same time Elle had lots of fun playing ‘Stack the States’ on the iPad, which added even more interest and fun while learning geography. (You didn’t ask, - but 5 stars for ‘Stack the States’ app, btw!)

I know this is not an original idea, but it is fun for the student and whole family. Charlotte and her mom have expanded Flat Stanley’s visits this summer to friends and relatives throughout the world. One week into the summer project, willing recipients have responded from as far away as Dubai, Africa, New York, Utah and Hawaii; plus European cities we will take him to see this summer. All pictures will be sent back by internet so it will be exciting to see where Flat Stanley goes, pretty much as he’s right there!

So I repeat: for the story alone, it’s ok; for the educational possibilities – many many stars!
Taryn Loyd
I'm not sure what it was that attracted me to Flat Stanley, but I'm pretty sure I either read the series as a child, or they were recreated on TV at some point. Anyway, I found myself reading this book and really enjoyed it.

The book was first published in the 1960s and I love that the language and dialogue, as well of the morals of the time are so clearly represented in the book, and so different to today's. I'm sure children would find the way that Stanley and his brother Arthur talk to their p I'm not sure what it was that attracted me to Flat Stanley, but I'm pretty sure I either read the series as a child, or they were recreated on TV at some point. Anyway, I found myself reading this book and really enjoyed it.

The book was first published in the 1960s and I love that the language and dialogue, as well of the morals of the time are so clearly represented in the book, and so different to today's. I'm sure children would find the way that Stanley and his brother Arthur talk to their parents and each other very amusing.

The book is the first in a series, telling the story of a boy named Stanley Lambchop, who wakes up one morning having been completely flattened by a large noticeboard that fell on him as he slept. Amazingly, Stanley is completely unharmed, but he is only half an inch thick. The book tells us all about various adventures he gets into, including rescuing jewellery from drains and being flown like a kite.

Stanley even earns some celebrity status by helping to foil some 'sneak thieves' who were stealing paintings from the museum. He comes up with an ingenious plan to protect the museum's prize possession. In another adventure Stanley's parents post him to visit a friend in California, to save money on the train or plane fare.

I think children will really enjoy these little escapades. There is also some good brotherly interaction between Stanley and Arthur, who gets very jealous because of all the attention Stanley receives.

I think this would be a good book for children just getting started with reading chapter books. The book would be a good introduction to use of speech, paragraphing and chapters in story books. It is set out in chapters, but most double pages have illustrations to go with them. I really like the pictures, which use a lot of shadow and perspective. There are, I believe, five other titles in the series, so if a child enjoys this book they'll have some more material to work through.
Joe Gordon
Stanley Lambchop awakes one morning to find that he has turned flat. He’s now 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 s Stanley Lambchop awakes one morning to find that he has turned flat. He’s now 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.
Flat Stanley is a timeless classic, one that I enjoyed on many occasions throughout primary school as it was a teacher’s favourite. Throughout the story there are many underlying lessons for children to learn from, such as good vs evil, jealousy and acceptance in the modern world. This could be a handy book for a class story if the children are learning about being different, whether it be skin colour, religion or disability. Children could even use the idea of Stanley being able to fit into almost anything as stimulus for a descriptive piece of writing, covering a new chapter of Stanley’s life.
Isabel Orama
Today I finished a book called ,"flat Stanley". The book was mainly about a 9 year old boy that finds him self flat the next morning. His parents were astonished when they saw Stanley laying flat on the bed. His parents and his brother took him to the doctors office to see if there is any cure but the doctor couldn't do anything about it. So a few weeks later, Stanley found himself useful for being flat. He found out that he can go under doors, and use himself as a kite. His brother was starting Today I finished a book called ,"flat Stanley". The book was mainly about a 9 year old boy that finds him self flat the next morning. His parents were astonished when they saw Stanley laying flat on the bed. His parents and his brother took him to the doctors office to see if there is any cure but the doctor couldn't do anything about it. So a few weeks later, Stanley found himself useful for being flat. He found out that he can go under doors, and use himself as a kite. His brother was starting to get jealous of Stanley and he started to try to slide under doors but instead he bumped his head. One early morning, Stanley and his mom walked to the bank, until his moms wedding ring fell into the bars on the street. Then his mom started to cry because she knew that she couldn't get it back again. Then, Stanley had an idea. He asked his mom if she could hold his shoe lace and lower him down into the bars so he can receive her ring. When he found her ring he yanked his shoe lace so she can know that he found it. The next morning Stanley was sad because he was tired of being flat. He wanted to be like other kids. His brother asked him if he can help in any way, and Stanley said yes. He told his brother that he needed a pump. His brother got it for him and place the tube in Stanley's mouth. As his brother started to pump, Stanley started to get shaped as the other kids. The end
Whitney Raeon
Flat Stanley is a fun book for children that will make them laugh and enjoy reading. This is a good book for children to read when they are transitioning from story books to chapter books. Although being flat does not seem like an advantage, Flat Stanley discovers that it allows him to do great things that regular people cannot do, like get mailed to California and get flown as a kite. The story is not the only great thing about this book. The pictures are wonderful as well!
I also love this boo Flat Stanley is a fun book for children that will make them laugh and enjoy reading. This is a good book for children to read when they are transitioning from story books to chapter books. Although being flat does not seem like an advantage, Flat Stanley discovers that it allows him to do great things that regular people cannot do, like get mailed to California and get flown as a kite. The story is not the only great thing about this book. The pictures are wonderful as well!
I also love this book because there are several extension activities that children can do after reading the book. One activity that I love is mailing your very own Flat Stanley to a friend, family member, or pen pal and having them take pictures around their city. This is a great way for children to learn about cities and countries that they have never visited before and practice the skill of letter writing.
Additionally, this book can be read when your class is talking about 2D and 3D objects. The teacher could describe how Stanley is 2D and the other people are 3D. To continue the discussion, the class could name the things that only Stanley can do since he is flat and then name things that 2D objects can do that 3D objects can't, etc.
LeAnn
This classic children's book from the 60s features a boy who is flattened by a bulletin board that his father hung over his bed.

It's hard to see why Flat Stanley is a classic that has inspired numerous school children from around the world to send their own flat characters through the mail on adventures. The adults are insultingly stupid -- from hanging a heavy board over a child's bed to failing to see where the "sneak thieves" are likely to appear in the "Famous Museum" to steal the most expen This classic children's book from the 60s features a boy who is flattened by a bulletin board that his father hung over his bed.

It's hard to see why Flat Stanley is a classic that has inspired numerous school children from around the world to send their own flat characters through the mail on adventures. The adults are insultingly stupid -- from hanging a heavy board over a child's bed to failing to see where the "sneak thieves" are likely to appear in the "Famous Museum" to steal the most expensive paintings. Perhaps my five-year-old would have accepted the plot as it is written, but my husband and I couldn't help mocking the inanity so even he questioned its plausibility.

The story could be useful as a kind of time capsule, however. For example, it raises questions about what a cigarette case is and why two policemen would threaten to capture a grown woman with a net when she appears to say something crazy.

The best parts of the book come from the mother, who tells the policemen regarding insults "to think twice before speaking and then not don't speak at all." She also wisely tells Stanley that it doesn't matter if he's flat, just like it doesn't matter what race or religion someone is. But you don't have to read Flat Stanley to find these gems.
Addison
Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown is a clever book for all age groups. This fantasy picture book journeys through a young boy, Stanley's, adventure waking up "flat". Stanley has gone from a boy to a 1-inch thick board over night due to a board falling on him while he was asleep. The story takes a reader through an adventure with Stanley as he maximizes his life in this altered state as he learns he can slide under doors, fold up, and even transform into useful objects such as a kite. Stanley sends hims Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown is a clever book for all age groups. This fantasy picture book journeys through a young boy, Stanley's, adventure waking up "flat". Stanley has gone from a boy to a 1-inch thick board over night due to a board falling on him while he was asleep. The story takes a reader through an adventure with Stanley as he maximizes his life in this altered state as he learns he can slide under doors, fold up, and even transform into useful objects such as a kite. Stanley sends himself through the mail to a friend in California and even uses his new abilities to catch thieves in a museum. After Stanley feels like he has exhausted his abilities and lifestyle "flat", his brother pumps him back up with a bike pump to bring him back to normal life.

Flat Stanley comes in several different illustrative versions. Flat Stanley could be applied to the elementary classroom at any grade. Mathematics topics could be touched on through measuring and the 1-inch thick reference of Stanley as a flat person. There could also be a great lesson in writing and pen-pals as Stanley goes through the postal service to deliver a message to a friend.
Marilyn
Flat Stanley has been used by many teachers in a geography unit. Stanley is flattened when a bureau falls on him. He discovers that he can now travel quite inexpensively by being slipped into an envelope and being shipped by U.S. Mail. My cousin's daughter sent a Flat Stanley to me and I took him along in my 18 wheeler. The letter I wrote to return Flat Stanley to Erin's class described my travels (where I woke up each day, what I picked up and delivered and where I stopped each night) for six w Flat Stanley has been used by many teachers in a geography unit. Stanley is flattened when a bureau falls on him. He discovers that he can now travel quite inexpensively by being slipped into an envelope and being shipped by U.S. Mail. My cousin's daughter sent a Flat Stanley to me and I took him along in my 18 wheeler. The letter I wrote to return Flat Stanley to Erin's class described my travels (where I woke up each day, what I picked up and delivered and where I stopped each night) for six weeks. For instance, I picked up pizza in Wisconsin and took it to Seattle, Washington. Then I picked up apples in northern Washington and took them to Missouri. I mentioned the animals I saw along the way, the weather in the mountains, and the differences in the states. I even included a U.S. map with highlighter showing my entire 6 week trip and postcards from each state. What an excellent way to teach young children geography! I can only imagine where the Flat Stanley's sent by other children in that class may have ventured that year.
Jasmeet Dagen
One morning Mr and Mrs Stanley go to wake up their two sons and find their son Stanley flattened by a notice board they received for Christmas!! As a result of being a flat boy Stanley goes on to be a hero, have adventures and experiences he had never dreamt of. He retrieves his mums ring when it falls through the bars of a grate. Stanley gets put in an envelope and is posted out to California to see his friend Thomas. Stanley is flown as a kite high up in the sky. Stanley also help to catch two One morning Mr and Mrs Stanley go to wake up their two sons and find their son Stanley flattened by a notice board they received for Christmas!! As a result of being a flat boy Stanley goes on to be a hero, have adventures and experiences he had never dreamt of. He retrieves his mums ring when it falls through the bars of a grate. Stanley gets put in an envelope and is posted out to California to see his friend Thomas. Stanley is flown as a kite high up in the sky. Stanley also help to catch two of the most wanted art thieves!!

I enjoyed reading this book because it consisted of an idea I had not read before. Many would be distressed to hear a child had been flattened by a heavy notice board but the author Jeff Brown manages to apply a positive twist in to making the ideas fun and adventurous.

This book would be appropriate for story time for years two, three and four. I believe the book would be enjoyed and will provide them with alternative ideas when they go on to write stories in their literacy sessions.
Alyssa
I loved this book and Kids love this book too! I have a brother who loves this series and I work at an after school program and a lot of the children love it too! I think that this is the case because it is funny and it allows children to be creative. Children have a large imagination and this book allows them to access that and imagine even more adventures. I also love how many extension activities could be done with an elementary school classroom. I think that having fun extension activities h I loved this book and Kids love this book too! I have a brother who loves this series and I work at an after school program and a lot of the children love it too! I think that this is the case because it is funny and it allows children to be creative. Children have a large imagination and this book allows them to access that and imagine even more adventures. I also love how many extension activities could be done with an elementary school classroom. I think that having fun extension activities helps children learn and remember the book and what they learned and therefore is more beneficial to the student. This book also allows the family and friends of the reader to get involved. For example a class could make their own version of flat Stanley and send it out in the mail to a relative or friend and then that person gets involve by taking the flat Stanley somewhere, take a picture and then write about it. All in all this is a great book especially for children in third and fourth grade.
Maryrdg3320
I saw this book under someone elses books and had to add it to mine. I had forgotten about it until now. It is about a little boy who travels. I love this book beacuse it reminds me of my childhood. I moved from Plano to Pennsylvannia when I was in the 2nd grade. My friend in Plano sent me a letter with flat Stanley. It talked about how Stanely likes to travel and go on exciting adventures. She asked me to take a picture of Stanley and I doing something fun. Since I lived in a town where we got I saw this book under someone elses books and had to add it to mine. I had forgotten about it until now. It is about a little boy who travels. I love this book beacuse it reminds me of my childhood. I moved from Plano to Pennsylvannia when I was in the 2nd grade. My friend in Plano sent me a letter with flat Stanley. It talked about how Stanely likes to travel and go on exciting adventures. She asked me to take a picture of Stanley and I doing something fun. Since I lived in a town where we got lots of snow and I knew that TExas does not. I took a picture of Stanley and I playing in the snow. I was then asked to send Stanely and the picture to one of my friends with the same letter. Stanely soon made it back to the oringial owner and she shared his adventures with then entire class. I think that this pen pal technique is fun for all children. It can also be used as a writing prompt. When a studnet gets their Stanely back with all the pictures they can write there own book about all the adventures that he went on.
Courtney Umlauf
I feel like this series might hold a lot more charm for some than it does for me. The situations Stanley and his family find themselves in are unexpected and extraordinary, but I never felt like their responses to the situations were natural, and I'm not sure if that was supposed to be funny or not. You wake up one day to find your son is completely flat, and your response is something like "Well that's odd...but we still love you, son. Now, you'd better be on your way to school, don't want to b I feel like this series might hold a lot more charm for some than it does for me. The situations Stanley and his family find themselves in are unexpected and extraordinary, but I never felt like their responses to the situations were natural, and I'm not sure if that was supposed to be funny or not. You wake up one day to find your son is completely flat, and your response is something like "Well that's odd...but we still love you, son. Now, you'd better be on your way to school, don't want to be late." Is that supposed to be funny? It didn't work for me, but maybe I'm just missing something. Maybe these books would have appealed to me had I read them as a child.

I can say at least that I think the writing is a bit more challenging than you might expect given the younger audience who'll probably enjoy this series most. So it does have that to recommend it, but otherwise this series isn't a favorite of mine.

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Anna Frame
Personal Reaction- I really like this book because I think it tells a great story and it is different than most children's books in the way that it is so unrealistic. Students know that people can't be flat so that may provide some humor as the story is being read.

Purposes:
Read aloud to 2nd and 3rd graders with a possible project idea in mine
-the students will enjoy the story itself and it may spark some creativity
-the students also are provided an example that everyone is different and that it Personal Reaction- I really like this book because I think it tells a great story and it is different than most children's books in the way that it is so unrealistic. Students know that people can't be flat so that may provide some humor as the story is being read.

Purposes:
Read aloud to 2nd and 3rd graders with a possible project idea in mine
-the students will enjoy the story itself and it may spark some creativity
-the students also are provided an example that everyone is different and that it is not okay to make fun of people because of it

Curriculum: read aloud/read independently
-discussion of fantasy vs. reality
-narrative structure
-lots of dialogue
-"flat stanley" may appear different but is just like all the other kids

This book also would be a great introduction to the flat stanley project. We did that when I was in elementary school and I think it is a great way to tie a book and a project together. I also think that it is one that could be enjoyed by the class as a whole.
Matt Davies
One night while he is sleeping Stanley gets flattened by a falling bulletin board. He suffers no ill effects from the accident apart from now only being half an inch thick. His unique new physique enables him to embark on a series of adventures before his younger brother puts him back to normal with the aid of a bicycle pump. The story is told with a very dry sense of humour, the parents in particular get some great lines and has evocative black and white illustrations. It was a very enjoyable r One night while he is sleeping Stanley gets flattened by a falling bulletin board. He suffers no ill effects from the accident apart from now only being half an inch thick. His unique new physique enables him to embark on a series of adventures before his younger brother puts him back to normal with the aid of a bicycle pump. The story is told with a very dry sense of humour, the parents in particular get some great lines and has evocative black and white illustrations. It was a very enjoyable read for me until page 42 when Stanley has to dress up as a girl and is comically humiliated, which made me feel slightly uncomfortable. For me it seems to feed into a narrative of "boys have adventures/girls are no fun", which I don't feel is a terribly good message, wether intentional or otherwise (and it's worth remembering that this was originally published in 1964).
The text is very easy to read and understand for younger readers making the transition to chapter books and could be read either as a whole class or individually.
Matthew
I have this book enough times to recite certain parts from memory, but I have to say that if it weren't for the great project that people have come to associate with the book, I'm pretty sure this one would have passed from public memory a long time ago. The concept is far-flung and the comedy comes as much from the out-of-time story as it does from the absurd concept. This reads like Mr. Popper's Penguins or Mary Poppins, stories that are too wacky to ever have been believable, but silly fun th I have this book enough times to recite certain parts from memory, but I have to say that if it weren't for the great project that people have come to associate with the book, I'm pretty sure this one would have passed from public memory a long time ago. The concept is far-flung and the comedy comes as much from the out-of-time story as it does from the absurd concept. This reads like Mr. Popper's Penguins or Mary Poppins, stories that are too wacky to ever have been believable, but silly fun that readers took to at some point when children's writing was better the more unbelievable it seemed. The modern printings are very similar to the original with only slight changes to remove things like a cigarette case that was mentioned in when it was written. A short read, one that I've had the pleasure of re-reading a number of times.
Dolly
We recently read the original Flat Stanley story, written in 1964. I thought it was an interesting story and was far more detailed and complex than I expected.

Our youngest discovered this version of the book at our local library and chose it to read aloud to the therapy dog who was visiting. After, we sat down and read it together and talked about the differences between this picture book version and the chapter book that we'd read.

This was certainly a more condensed story and is likely more a We recently read the original Flat Stanley story, written in 1964. I thought it was an interesting story and was far more detailed and complex than I expected.

Our youngest discovered this version of the book at our local library and chose it to read aloud to the therapy dog who was visiting. After, we sat down and read it together and talked about the differences between this picture book version and the chapter book that we'd read.

This was certainly a more condensed story and is likely more appropriate for reading aloud with a classroom full of children. It's probably the book that many teachers use when introducing children to a "Flat Stanley" project. I like the big and colorful illustrations, but I think I prefer the chapter book's narrative. Overall, it's an entertaining story and our youngest enjoyed reading it aloud.

Madison Niksich
This is the original 1964 edition of this children's story, with illustrations by Tomi Ungerer. It's somewhat longer than, I believe, both the picture book version Flat Stanley from 2006 (illustrated in bold and bright colors by Scott Nash) but further adventures may have been added to the reillustrated reader version Flat Stanley from 2009. When comparing it with the picture book version, I probably like this original version better, it's not as disjointed. Also, some of the humor is lost in th This is the original 1964 edition of this children's story, with illustrations by Tomi Ungerer. It's somewhat longer than, I believe, both the picture book version Flat Stanley from 2006 (illustrated in bold and bright colors by Scott Nash) but further adventures may have been added to the reillustrated reader version Flat Stanley from 2009. When comparing it with the picture book version, I probably like this original version better, it's not as disjointed. Also, some of the humor is lost in the picture book version.
Woody Calhoon
I enjoyed reading this book when I was much younger, and I will go ahead and say that it is definitely a book for younger readers. While it is a fantastic literary piece to read to children in conjunction with teaching them about writing and mailing letters, the story is just not very compelling for an older audience, but that is okay in many ways because it was not written for that audience. In my opinion, the book is far more useful as a teaching tool than it is for conveying an entertaining s I enjoyed reading this book when I was much younger, and I will go ahead and say that it is definitely a book for younger readers. While it is a fantastic literary piece to read to children in conjunction with teaching them about writing and mailing letters, the story is just not very compelling for an older audience, but that is okay in many ways because it was not written for that audience. In my opinion, the book is far more useful as a teaching tool than it is for conveying an entertaining story. The idea of mailings oneself to a different location can be very enticing to children and it will inspire them to want to learn more about letter writing and mailing letters to friends/family.

I think the thing I liked mist about this book was learning about the Flat Stanley Project after I was done reading. I did a little research into it and I think it is a fantastic way for students and children to get to learn things about people and cultures from all over the world.
Anna J.
Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown is the first book in the Flat Stanley series and is a story about a boy who wakes up to find he has been flattened by his bulletin board. In this new state, he is able to have many adventures sliding under doors, being mailed to visit a friend, and capturing art thieves. Though it started off being exciting, Stanley begins misses the way he use to be and wonders will he ever be round again? This short humorous chapter book is very well written, allowing readers to use Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown is the first book in the Flat Stanley series and is a story about a boy who wakes up to find he has been flattened by his bulletin board. In this new state, he is able to have many adventures sliding under doors, being mailed to visit a friend, and capturing art thieves. Though it started off being exciting, Stanley begins misses the way he use to be and wonders will he ever be round again? This short humorous chapter book is very well written, allowing readers to use their imagination to consider what things they might be able to do if they were flat while sneaking small lessons into the story such as not being rude and not making fun of people for how they look. Scholastic recommends this book for grades three through five; however I think younger readers (first and second grade) might be able to read the book or enjoy listening to it being read to them, as well, since there are many pictures throughout the book.
Hayley
Author: Jeff Brown
Illustrator: Scott Nash
Genre: Fantasy
Grade Level: 4.4
Lexile: 640L

Summary: Stanley Lambchop starts out as a very average, nice boy. One morning Stanley’s parents find that during the night his bulletin board has fallen on him and flattened him! Being flat is a new experience, but he is all right and ends up being better off than before. The story follows him on the adventures he stumbles across now that he is flat and fits into more places. Unfortunately after a while Stanley wa Author: Jeff Brown
Illustrator: Scott Nash
Genre: Fantasy
Grade Level: 4.4
Lexile: 640L

Summary: Stanley Lambchop starts out as a very average, nice boy. One morning Stanley’s parents find that during the night his bulletin board has fallen on him and flattened him! Being flat is a new experience, but he is all right and ends up being better off than before. The story follows him on the adventures he stumbles across now that he is flat and fits into more places. Unfortunately after a while Stanley wants to go back to being normal and needs to find a way to make that happen. This is a story that can be used to teach about being different and sometimes being able to turn negative situations into positive ones. Kids are also really excited about taking the actual Stanley out of the book and taking him on vacation, etc with them.
April Poulter
I have to admit that the plot to this book is a little bit weird - a boy being flattened to 1/2 an inch thick because a bulletin board fell on top of him (but then again, vampires and werewolves and magic pants that fit everyone who puts them on are weird too). That being said, it's a clever idea and Flat Stanley's adventures are quite fun. I'm sure that there are many children who read this book and then wish that they could fit through the crack under a door, get sent through the mail, be flow I have to admit that the plot to this book is a little bit weird - a boy being flattened to 1/2 an inch thick because a bulletin board fell on top of him (but then again, vampires and werewolves and magic pants that fit everyone who puts them on are weird too). That being said, it's a clever idea and Flat Stanley's adventures are quite fun. I'm sure that there are many children who read this book and then wish that they could fit through the crack under a door, get sent through the mail, be flown like a kite, and hang in a frame to look like a picture. My nephew has read a bunch of Flat Stanley books and he absolutely loves them. He even made his own Flat Stanley and sent it to various family members throughout the country so it could have adventures.
Little kids will love this book! It's a quick read filled with adventures.
Jennifer
Well, after reading the 40th anniversary edition of this book last week, I borrowed the original version of the book from the library this week. Very very interesting how things have changed. The illustrations are brighter, bolder, and more dimensional, and the 40th anniversary edition cut so much out of the original story. (So what does this mean—that today’s kids can’t handle simple line drawings, let alone long books that might actually take 20 minutes or more to read?) Even still, we read th Well, after reading the 40th anniversary edition of this book last week, I borrowed the original version of the book from the library this week. Very very interesting how things have changed. The illustrations are brighter, bolder, and more dimensional, and the 40th anniversary edition cut so much out of the original story. (So what does this mean—that today’s kids can’t handle simple line drawings, let alone long books that might actually take 20 minutes or more to read?) Even still, we read this one upon the recommendation from my oldest sister (who had mentioned this as being her favorite childhood book) and there is something kind of classic about it, even for me, who had never read it before. Cute story. Far fetched, but so what? (Stanley gets flattened by a bulletin board that falls off his wall.)
Marissa Hirst
Flat Stanley is a full little novel. It is filled with colorful pictures but has more words than a picture book would. This is a book that boys, especially would have an interest in reading. It is full of excitement, imagination, and adventure.
My personal favorite thing is when a class gets to do more with a book than just read and analyze it. This book has a number of activities that can be done after reading it. It is great to incorporate into geography or social studies lessons. For example Flat Stanley is a full little novel. It is filled with colorful pictures but has more words than a picture book would. This is a book that boys, especially would have an interest in reading. It is full of excitement, imagination, and adventure.
My personal favorite thing is when a class gets to do more with a book than just read and analyze it. This book has a number of activities that can be done after reading it. It is great to incorporate into geography or social studies lessons. For example, one that I have seen multiple times is when kids make their own Flat Stanley and send him through the mail to different people and see the different places their Flat Stanley gets to go to! From there, students can also branch out and learn about different cultures and places that Flat Stanley has been to as well!
Kimberly
My daughter absolutely loved this book. They did a project in school where they made a giant paper cut out to look like themselves and then for their project had to mail it to someone and ask them if they'll send one back.

She sent one to a girl her age who lived in Italy and received one back. They became fast friends and even many years later they sent letters and small Christmas gifts to each other.

I always wanted to thank that teacher for assigning Flat Stanley to parents and their children t My daughter absolutely loved this book. They did a project in school where they made a giant paper cut out to look like themselves and then for their project had to mail it to someone and ask them if they'll send one back.

She sent one to a girl her age who lived in Italy and received one back. They became fast friends and even many years later they sent letters and small Christmas gifts to each other.

I always wanted to thank that teacher for assigning Flat Stanley to parents and their children to read together and then for them to get involved with their child and do the project together as well.

We both loved the story and it was so much fun imagining herself being sent to Italy in a large manila envelope. She made a life long friend...all because of one teacher and one very cute imaginative book.
Lana Harriman
Personal Reflection - What a cute story. The imagination of this author was fun to explore through this story. My girls love the Flat Stanley adventures and I can now see why. This young boy becomes a hero after he gets squashed thin and goes through all sorts of silly things i.e. being flown like a kite and mailed like a letter. Children will enjoy this story as their imagination sets sail with Flat Stanley.
Purpose - 1st to 3rd grade transitional book for reading to self
This is the first in a Personal Reflection - What a cute story. The imagination of this author was fun to explore through this story. My girls love the Flat Stanley adventures and I can now see why. This young boy becomes a hero after he gets squashed thin and goes through all sorts of silly things i.e. being flown like a kite and mailed like a letter. Children will enjoy this story as their imagination sets sail with Flat Stanley.
Purpose - 1st to 3rd grade transitional book for reading to self
This is the first in a series of several Flat Stanley books and one that will certainly peak the young readers interest and hopefully spark a love for reading. Lessons to be used in the classroom might include discussions on chapter books, writing narratives with a literally, flat character and showing off individual creative thinking. This book could be incorporated with lessons on what makes a hero a hero.
Courtney
One morning, Stanley Lambchop wakes up to find that he is flat. He finds out that he will take advantage of his shape and found that he can do many things that others can’t. 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. Along Stanley’s adventures, he becomes a hero because he was able to catch two thieves that have been on the run for a very long time. Stanley’s brother, Arthur, becomes v One morning, Stanley Lambchop wakes up to find that he is flat. He finds out that he will take advantage of his shape and found that he can do many things that others can’t. 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. Along Stanley’s adventures, he becomes a hero because he was able to catch two thieves that have been on the run for a very long time. Stanley’s brother, Arthur, becomes very jealous of his uniqueness and wishes that he was flat just like his brother. That wish, however, only lasted a little bit because Stanley started to be teased at school for being different. Arthur then tries to make Stanley round again to save him from his humiliation. This book shows that being different is not always easy. It is not always necessary to stand out in the crowd.
Molly
THIS is an absolutely fantastic book, especially for boys (but could be wonderful for girls or to read as a class together) between the ages of approximately 1st-4th grade. It's probably a reading level a little too easy for most 4th graders, but they would still appreciate the story. I read this book out loud to a 5 year old and 7 year old (brothers) who I babysit (and used to nanny) fairly regularly. I don't read incredibly fast, but I read this book in about 45 minutes out loud to these guys. THIS is an absolutely fantastic book, especially for boys (but could be wonderful for girls or to read as a class together) between the ages of approximately 1st-4th grade. It's probably a reading level a little too easy for most 4th graders, but they would still appreciate the story. I read this book out loud to a 5 year old and 7 year old (brothers) who I babysit (and used to nanny) fairly regularly. I don't read incredibly fast, but I read this book in about 45 minutes out loud to these guys. They were absolutely hooked! They had me walk over to the shelf in the library (where we were reading) and pick out two other books in the Flat Stanley series to check out and bring home with us. Absolutely wonderful kids' book and a great summer read too.
Emily
I found this book to be very interesting. The concepts behind it were fun, but I found the dialogue and story line to be very meaningless, and childish. Although, I do think that this story could be intriguing for young children, as that it is fun to think about someone becoming flat, and all of the adventures that they may have. Since this book seems to be very simplistic and childish, I think it would well suit a younger audience, such as middle to late elementary school. i think that this aud I found this book to be very interesting. The concepts behind it were fun, but I found the dialogue and story line to be very meaningless, and childish. Although, I do think that this story could be intriguing for young children, as that it is fun to think about someone becoming flat, and all of the adventures that they may have. Since this book seems to be very simplistic and childish, I think it would well suit a younger audience, such as middle to late elementary school. i think that this audience would still think that the story is fun, and silly, without thinking that it is really a meaningless storyline.

In the end, I found this book was probably just out of my reading level, and interest level, but would be a fun and silly read for much younger children.
The Brothers
Our cousin Anna sent us a drawing of Flat Stanley for us to take pictures with, so I had to get the book to read to the boys.

Stanley is flattened by his bulletin board falling on him one night. Being flat has advantages, like being able to mailed to CA or turning yourself into a kite. Stanley also foils some art thieves by pretending to be a painting. In the end, he wants to be normal again and he and his brother figure out how to return him to "full form."

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Note: This is not the Our cousin Anna sent us a drawing of Flat Stanley for us to take pictures with, so I had to get the book to read to the boys.

Stanley is flattened by his bulletin board falling on him one night. Being flat has advantages, like being able to mailed to CA or turning yourself into a kite. Stanley also foils some art thieves by pretending to be a painting. In the end, he wants to be normal again and he and his brother figure out how to return him to "full form."

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Note: This is not the same version my mother would read to me. I distinctly remember Stanley's brother trying to flatten himself out with the bulletin board, and that was not included in this story.
Tammy
Meet Stanley Lambchop. He's an ordinary boy, four feet tall, about a foot wide and oh yeah only half an inch thick. Stanley has fun with being flat at first. He can slide under doors and go through the mail to visit friends in California, but he soon learns it's not easy being different.

The library PR staff was inspired by Flat Stanley to get Flat Dewey's that our patrons could check out. Our mascot is Dewey the library dog and now besides his personal appearances we have a four foot tall flat Meet Stanley Lambchop. He's an ordinary boy, four feet tall, about a foot wide and oh yeah only half an inch thick. Stanley has fun with being flat at first. He can slide under doors and go through the mail to visit friends in California, but he soon learns it's not easy being different.

The library PR staff was inspired by Flat Stanley to get Flat Dewey's that our patrons could check out. Our mascot is Dewey the library dog and now besides his personal appearances we have a four foot tall flat Dewey on the main floor of the library and 3 smaller flat Dewey's that patrons can check out and take with them on adventures or just every day errands. Check out his Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dewey-t....
Kelsi
I thought that this was a cute story that children would really enjoy. The story is very simple and short and just brings a fun idea to life that all children would enjoy and would maybe hope to be able to do someday. This story inspires many great projects that could include writing, geography,music, and art. Children can participate in making their own Flat Stanleys and send them to someone else in a other states. I think that Flat Stanley is a perfect book for younger audiences and could get I thought that this was a cute story that children would really enjoy. The story is very simple and short and just brings a fun idea to life that all children would enjoy and would maybe hope to be able to do someday. This story inspires many great projects that could include writing, geography,music, and art. Children can participate in making their own Flat Stanleys and send them to someone else in a other states. I think that Flat Stanley is a perfect book for younger audiences and could get them excited to read and interested in expanding their imagination. I would suggest this book for 2nd graders and up. I think that this book creates many opportunities for creativity and that children would really enjoy it overall.
Jessica
This is a good chapter book for children. The ideas are fun, the characters are fun and relatable, and the reading is easy-going. In the beginning, I didn't like that the little brother was so jealous of Stanley. But after some thinking, I'm actually glad that he was. It made the book more real, and added that element that would be there between real brothers. It could even represent the feelings of some of the young readers who may begin wishing they were flat like Stanley got to be. I'm glad t This is a good chapter book for children. The ideas are fun, the characters are fun and relatable, and the reading is easy-going. In the beginning, I didn't like that the little brother was so jealous of Stanley. But after some thinking, I'm actually glad that he was. It made the book more real, and added that element that would be there between real brothers. It could even represent the feelings of some of the young readers who may begin wishing they were flat like Stanley got to be. I'm glad that the brother is there. I also thought it was funny how the characters in the book are so accepting of everything everyone says. It just made me laugh. No one is astonished that Stanley is flat. It's just very factual. There he is, and he's flat, and that's how he is. It made me smile.
Bree Bosse
I LOVE THIS BOOK and all of the other books in the Flat Stanley series. This is a great introduction to a Traveling Ambassador type of project to do within your classroom. You can do this and send one flat stanley to other parts of the world to study geography... or other states to study about different places in the US.. Another fun way to do this is in the beginning of the school year to build community by sending home the Class' Flat Stanley to each student's home to learn about their family I LOVE THIS BOOK and all of the other books in the Flat Stanley series. This is a great introduction to a Traveling Ambassador type of project to do within your classroom. You can do this and send one flat stanley to other parts of the world to study geography... or other states to study about different places in the US.. Another fun way to do this is in the beginning of the school year to build community by sending home the Class' Flat Stanley to each student's home to learn about their family life and culture.
Flat Stanley is a boy who has gotten flattened by a bulletin board and in order to travel he has to be mailed... so it is a fun way to have the students be able to learn about places they can't necessarily go to.
Caitlin Lichtenberg
I'll never forget reading this in elementary school. I remember thinking it was the coolest book ever. This kid was flat! Even though it could never happen, What an idea!
Reading this as an adult, my mind instantly reverted back to my childhood ways: Stanley is so cool! He's flat and he can do all these awesome things! I couldn't help but thinking about how convenient it would be if I were flat. This book really helps you get out of your routine mindset and explore the adventurous world of "what I'll never forget reading this in elementary school. I remember thinking it was the coolest book ever. This kid was flat! Even though it could never happen, What an idea!
Reading this as an adult, my mind instantly reverted back to my childhood ways: Stanley is so cool! He's flat and he can do all these awesome things! I couldn't help but thinking about how convenient it would be if I were flat. This book really helps you get out of your routine mindset and explore the adventurous world of "what ifs." It wasn't just a good read, it was a great read. Quick and easy, any kid could enjoy this. And the pictures really show you what's going on. You'll never have to wonder what Stanley looks like when he slides underneath the door, the illustrator shows you!
Lovely book overall.
Atlantis
This was a fun book to read and it was nice to connect it with all the "Flat Stanley" teacher projects I have participated in! I had never read the whole original story of Flat Stanley so read this with my kids and I must say his story is unique and interesting if a bit disturbing. But, I really appreciated the theme of acceptance. How we have to accept things they way they are and not try to change things because we think that is what we would like better. (When Stanley is flat and Arthur is je This was a fun book to read and it was nice to connect it with all the "Flat Stanley" teacher projects I have participated in! I had never read the whole original story of Flat Stanley so read this with my kids and I must say his story is unique and interesting if a bit disturbing. But, I really appreciated the theme of acceptance. How we have to accept things they way they are and not try to change things because we think that is what we would like better. (When Stanley is flat and Arthur is jealous and Stanley learning how to embrace being flat.) Sometimes we have to wait too for an answer (Arthur using the bicycle pump to help Stanley not be flat anymore.)I'm going to go move the bulletin board now and hide the bicycle pump....LOL
Katherine Fountain
Flat Stanley is the first book in a series of chapter books. I read this story over a span of three days to my third grades with a different activity each day and they really enjoyed it. The story is fun and silly yet allows for so many opportunities for instruction, in the story, Flat Stanley's parents mail him to California because the plane tickets are so expensive. I tied this into geography, connections to airplanes, then did a fun activity where the student drew Flat Stanley with a sentenc Flat Stanley is the first book in a series of chapter books. I read this story over a span of three days to my third grades with a different activity each day and they really enjoyed it. The story is fun and silly yet allows for so many opportunities for instruction, in the story, Flat Stanley's parents mail him to California because the plane tickets are so expensive. I tied this into geography, connections to airplanes, then did a fun activity where the student drew Flat Stanley with a sentence and we e-mailed a picture of our class to my friend who is a teacher in California and she did the same. My university supervisor and cooperating teacher really loved this lesson and the students worked well and gave great feedback!
Diana
I thought this book was really cute. It would definitely be a fun book to read with an elementary school class. There are lots of fun extension activities you could do with this and good dicussion you could have. There were some concepts that seemed weird to me in this story, but after realizing it was a children's fictional book I felt better about it. I also thought it was frustrating that the little brother seemed to be overlooked. But the emotions his brother feels throughout the book could I thought this book was really cute. It would definitely be a fun book to read with an elementary school class. There are lots of fun extension activities you could do with this and good dicussion you could have. There were some concepts that seemed weird to me in this story, but after realizing it was a children's fictional book I felt better about it. I also thought it was frustrating that the little brother seemed to be overlooked. But the emotions his brother feels throughout the book could create some good discussion about emotions and feelings. Overall it was a fun book and I would love to do the classic activity of sending out flat stanley's all over and have friends take pictures with him in fun places.
Autumn
I found the premis of this book really creepy. I read it to my second graders and apparently they too find it creepy. It's rather odd that Stanley is flat but random characters in the story never acknowledge that he is. There are also moments in the story where the author is eluding to rather adult topics and conversations. For example (no spoiler) sometimes the mom and the dad will say things to one another (quick little arguments and nothing sexual) but the things they say and the way the narr I found the premis of this book really creepy. I read it to my second graders and apparently they too find it creepy. It's rather odd that Stanley is flat but random characters in the story never acknowledge that he is. There are also moments in the story where the author is eluding to rather adult topics and conversations. For example (no spoiler) sometimes the mom and the dad will say things to one another (quick little arguments and nothing sexual) but the things they say and the way the narrator describes the events elude to a intense discussion that really should not be included in a children's book.

I also don't think the story teaches any lessons about treating people who are different as equals, which it easily could. It's just a random story.
Sheng Yang
I never grew up with Flat Stanley. I suppose different school teach differently. It was actually the first time that I heard and read about Flat Stanley. I did enjoy it, but would only recommend it to children. Preferable elementary. I did at some point not enjoy the novel as much as other people, just because I don't have a history with it. Or I did not read it when I was a kid. I think that if I did, it would have been a great reminiscent. It is about a little boy name Stanley, who one day wak I never grew up with Flat Stanley. I suppose different school teach differently. It was actually the first time that I heard and read about Flat Stanley. I did enjoy it, but would only recommend it to children. Preferable elementary. I did at some point not enjoy the novel as much as other people, just because I don't have a history with it. Or I did not read it when I was a kid. I think that if I did, it would have been a great reminiscent. It is about a little boy name Stanley, who one day wakes up to himself being flatten. Through the course of the book the readers see what amazing things that Stanley can do because he is flatten. Of course he eventually is able to turn back to the way how he was originally. Overall, it was a wonderful read.
Douglas Jankowski
I think that this was a fun book for kids to read, because it explored many of the ideas that kids have, and how they were brought to life. It was an entertaining read with a very simplistic storyline and not much to pay attention to. I think any child of any age would have fun with the relationship between the brothers, because it is relatable. I know that I have had many feuds with them and didn't want to talk to them and would get jealous, and that is what happened, but through talking and ca I think that this was a fun book for kids to read, because it explored many of the ideas that kids have, and how they were brought to life. It was an entertaining read with a very simplistic storyline and not much to pay attention to. I think any child of any age would have fun with the relationship between the brothers, because it is relatable. I know that I have had many feuds with them and didn't want to talk to them and would get jealous, and that is what happened, but through talking and care for another, all as made well. Along with that, the boy Stanley had many adventures doing many ridiculously activities that are impossible, but still fun. Overall a good read and I had fun with it.
Katie Jackson
Stanley wakes up one morning and realizes that he is flat but being flat can be fun. Stanley is able to move around a lot easier than everyone else. One day Stanley catches two theives and becomes a hero. The students in Stanley's class begin to make fun of him for being different than everyone else. I would use this book to discuss about being different and it being okay. I would also use Flat stanley as a project for the children. I would provide a flat stanley and allow children to take turns Stanley wakes up one morning and realizes that he is flat but being flat can be fun. Stanley is able to move around a lot easier than everyone else. One day Stanley catches two theives and becomes a hero. The students in Stanley's class begin to make fun of him for being different than everyone else. I would use this book to discuss about being different and it being okay. I would also use Flat stanley as a project for the children. I would provide a flat stanley and allow children to take turns taking Flat Stanley home or on vacations with them. They would then provide pictures of Flat Stanley's adventures and write a summary of things Flat Stanley did.
Ashley
I was really excited to read this book because I never had the opportunity to during elementary school. After I finished it I was really disappointed. The story line was kind of weird in general, but as I was reading it there were parts that were pretty bizarre. An example of this is when Stanley is first flattened his mom tells him and his brother to finish their breakfast and then she would take Stanley to the doctor. What!?! If I was Stanley's mother we would have been in the car headed to th I was really excited to read this book because I never had the opportunity to during elementary school. After I finished it I was really disappointed. The story line was kind of weird in general, but as I was reading it there were parts that were pretty bizarre. An example of this is when Stanley is first flattened his mom tells him and his brother to finish their breakfast and then she would take Stanley to the doctor. What!?! If I was Stanley's mother we would have been in the car headed to the emergency room the second he was found flattened underneath the bulletin board. So overall I thought the story was weird but maybe it just because I am older now.
Kayla
In the third my teacher this book and it was really funny, all my classmate we were having fun with this book and we enjoyed reading this book. Its was funny because this thing want on top of him all of a sudden he turns flat. How funny and wierd is that. When his little brother came in his brother mouth dropped... he was really kindda upset because he tries to be flat like stanly, but he couldnt. Stanly Parents were proud him because stanly solved a robbing scene so caught the bad guy, he solve In the third my teacher this book and it was really funny, all my classmate we were having fun with this book and we enjoyed reading this book. Its was funny because this thing want on top of him all of a sudden he turns flat. How funny and wierd is that. When his little brother came in his brother mouth dropped... he was really kindda upset because he tries to be flat like stanly, but he couldnt. Stanly Parents were proud him because stanly solved a robbing scene so caught the bad guy, he solved it by he was in a protrit and he was dress like a girl. How funny is that. I think people would love reading this book is really funny and you will enjoy it.
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Dominique Woodbridge
Flat Stanley is a great book for kids in first or second grade. I remember loving this book so much because my teacher let us all make a flat Stanley and send it anywhere we wanted. This would be a good book to allow kids to explore the world. I remember people in my class sending theirs to Mickey Mouse, or their favorite athlete. I sent mine to my best friend who moved to England for the year. I was so excited when I got a response from her because she took pictures with the flat Stanley I had Flat Stanley is a great book for kids in first or second grade. I remember loving this book so much because my teacher let us all make a flat Stanley and send it anywhere we wanted. This would be a good book to allow kids to explore the world. I remember people in my class sending theirs to Mickey Mouse, or their favorite athlete. I sent mine to my best friend who moved to England for the year. I was so excited when I got a response from her because she took pictures with the flat Stanley I had created in front of landmarks in London. Kids will love this book, especially if they get to do a fun project to go along with it.
Sierra Hagar
Flat Stanley is a fun book that covers some of the possibilities that a person could do if they were flat like Stanley. Stanley becomes flat when a big bulletin board lands on him. He enjoys this experience until people start making fun of him. This book also covers the relationship of Stanley and his brother and the jealousy that Arthur feels towards him for getting so much attention. In the end Arthur comes up with the idea of how to fix his brother and they are both friends again. This story Flat Stanley is a fun book that covers some of the possibilities that a person could do if they were flat like Stanley. Stanley becomes flat when a big bulletin board lands on him. He enjoys this experience until people start making fun of him. This book also covers the relationship of Stanley and his brother and the jealousy that Arthur feels towards him for getting so much attention. In the end Arthur comes up with the idea of how to fix his brother and they are both friends again. This story is very unrealistic and takes a good imagination, but it is fun and adventurous. Its an easy read and would be good for those who struggle reading.
Jordan Hernandez
I was fond this book, it was a clever tale mixed with some daring adventure. This read aloud selection could be utilized at the beginning of a writing assignment for student’s to explore the ideas of living like Stanley. They could create their own adventures if they were as “flat as a pancake”. This book for individual students could connect to them and their creative side, and also connect beyond one book, as it is the start of a series, which would allow students continue to grow with the ser I was fond this book, it was a clever tale mixed with some daring adventure. This read aloud selection could be utilized at the beginning of a writing assignment for student’s to explore the ideas of living like Stanley. They could create their own adventures if they were as “flat as a pancake”. This book for individual students could connect to them and their creative side, and also connect beyond one book, as it is the start of a series, which would allow students continue to grow with the series. The figurative language, like similes that appear in the book could also give students examples of how they can be employed in their own writing.
Melinda
This is a book that can be used for many different literature activities in an elementary school classroom. It is another one of my favorite children's books and is often used for enjoyable read-alouds. This book can also be used to teach about mail and many classrooms with students create paper flat Stanley's and use them to mail to other cities and possibly have pen pals at schools in other cities or countries. This story can also be used for social emotional lessons, discussing sibling relati This is a book that can be used for many different literature activities in an elementary school classroom. It is another one of my favorite children's books and is often used for enjoyable read-alouds. This book can also be used to teach about mail and many classrooms with students create paper flat Stanley's and use them to mail to other cities and possibly have pen pals at schools in other cities or countries. This story can also be used for social emotional lessons, discussing sibling relationships and jealousy (Stanley's brother wants to be flat too in order to get more parental attention).
Sydney
I thought this book was adventurous, imaginative, exciting, and just darling. I would love to read this to my students someday! It is a book that I think really gets children's minds thinking about all the cool things they could do if something crazy like becoming flat was possible. I think it is a great book to read for fun and hear what ideas the readers could come up with for things they would do if they were flat. It also talks about jealously which can be a good topic to discuss depending o I thought this book was adventurous, imaginative, exciting, and just darling. I would love to read this to my students someday! It is a book that I think really gets children's minds thinking about all the cool things they could do if something crazy like becoming flat was possible. I think it is a great book to read for fun and hear what ideas the readers could come up with for things they would do if they were flat. It also talks about jealously which can be a good topic to discuss depending on the age of the reader. I enjoyed this quick read and would recommend it to anyone who wants something light and fast
Charissa
Okay, really.... Stanley goes to bed one night. A bulletin board falls on him. Now he's all flat. This wasn't the very best book. For starters, it definitely seems dated to me. There were words and phrases in there that I, as a seven-year-old in the twenty-first century, didn't understand. And I love twists in books, but.... a bulletin board! That's totally crazy to me! The author might as well have flattened the kid with an anvil.

That said, I do remember my class doing that Stanley project, whe Okay, really.... Stanley goes to bed one night. A bulletin board falls on him. Now he's all flat. This wasn't the very best book. For starters, it definitely seems dated to me. There were words and phrases in there that I, as a seven-year-old in the twenty-first century, didn't understand. And I love twists in books, but.... a bulletin board! That's totally crazy to me! The author might as well have flattened the kid with an anvil.

That said, I do remember my class doing that Stanley project, where you would send your Stanleys all over the place (at least, that's how I remember it). That was the only good thing that came out of the book for me.
Cassie Paries
Flat Stanley is a good book for young children. This book has a fun and creative story line. It is a fun read for all ages. I like how it talks about all the different Stanley can do while he is flat. It teaches children about how they can be creative. This book also is a great book to do activities with . This book is an uplifting and positive book that is easy to read and family centered. It teaches good morals and it encourages people to be creative. It is a common book that most teachers hav Flat Stanley is a good book for young children. This book has a fun and creative story line. It is a fun read for all ages. I like how it talks about all the different Stanley can do while he is flat. It teaches children about how they can be creative. This book also is a great book to do activities with . This book is an uplifting and positive book that is easy to read and family centered. It teaches good morals and it encourages people to be creative. It is a common book that most teachers have in their classrooms because it is great for children and opens the door to creative teaching ideas and projects.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Really a 3 or a 3.5 star for me but children will rate it higher.

Believe it or not I managed to miss reading FLAT STANLEY all these years. This is a quick read and would likely be a fun read aloud. Children will laugh at all of the stuff Flat Stanley does or gets into. However, I was surprised at times that a few things bothered me. Spoiler alert - One thing that bothered me was if Flat Stanley could so easily be re-inflated at the end - why did it take that long to figure it out? I know this is Really a 3 or a 3.5 star for me but children will rate it higher.

Believe it or not I managed to miss reading FLAT STANLEY all these years. This is a quick read and would likely be a fun read aloud. Children will laugh at all of the stuff Flat Stanley does or gets into. However, I was surprised at times that a few things bothered me. Spoiler alert - One thing that bothered me was if Flat Stanley could so easily be re-inflated at the end - why did it take that long to figure it out? I know this is a book don't over analyze it. I know there are other Flat Stanley books so he must become flat again but the whole thing is strange.
Jeanne
Anyone with kids has heard of Flat Stanley. Teachers all over the United States have their young students mailing a facsimile of Flat Stanley all over the world. This is the story that started it all. . .

Stanley Lambchop is an ordinary boy until a most unusual accident: a bulletin board falls on him while he sleeps. He wakes up in a flattened state.

How flat? His new dimensions are as follows: four feet tall, about a foot wide, and half an inch thick.

What follows is the story of Stanley’s advent Anyone with kids has heard of Flat Stanley. Teachers all over the United States have their young students mailing a facsimile of Flat Stanley all over the world. This is the story that started it all. . .

Stanley Lambchop is an ordinary boy until a most unusual accident: a bulletin board falls on him while he sleeps. He wakes up in a flattened state.

How flat? His new dimensions are as follows: four feet tall, about a foot wide, and half an inch thick.

What follows is the story of Stanley’s adventures as a flat boy, including being mailed to California.

This wasn’t what I expected it to be, but it is kind of a cute story.
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