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Flat Stanley

Flat Stanley

Series: Flat Stanley (Book #1)
by Jeff Brown Illustrated by Scott Nash, Macky Pamintuan

Young Stanley Lambchop is a perfectly nice, average boy who leads a perfectly nice, average life. But one morning something is different: Stanley's bulletin board has fallen on him during the night, and when his parents pull him out from under it, they find that he is suddenly only half-an-inch thick.

Being flat isn't as bad as you might think, however: the doctor says Stanley is fine, and in some ways he's better than ever. He can slide under closed doors, for instance, and he can be rolled up, mailed, and flown like a kite. Stanley rescues his mother's ring when she drops it through a narrow metal grating, and foils a gang of thieves who've been stealing paintings from the Famous Museum of Art. But when the thrill of flatness wears off and Stanley decides he really wants to go back to normal, his resourceful brother finds a way to help him.

Since it was first published in 1964, Flat Stanley has become a classroom classic: kids still can't seem to get enough of it. In form and timing, it is a comic masterpiece, told (and illustrated) in a delightfully dry, matter-of-fact tone that perfectly balances the fantastical situation. A delight for reading aloud and reading alone, it is also an ideal jumping-off point for imaginative writing exercises.

8, 9, 10
Interest Level
Grades 2 - 4
Grade Level Equivalent
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Number of Pages
Classics, Comedy and Humor, Fantasy, Science Fiction and Fantasy

About the Author and Illustrators

Jeff Brown
Scott Nash
Macky Pamintuan

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