Have you ever wondered what your dog gets up to when you go out for the evening? Linda Bailey’s Stanley’s Party is a fun and highly creative “tail” featuring one adventurous dog who knows how to have a seriously good time. The illustrations by Bill Slavin are absolutely adorable, and bring this very lovable character to life. When Stanley’s people go out, he knows that he’s not supposed to sit on the couch. But he also knows how luxurious and comfortable it is. He knows he probably shouldn’t play with the stereo, but man, he also just loves to dance. He knows that the fridge and TV are off limits, but it’s just too much fun to enjoy snacks while watching his favorite shows (of course, all the while sitting on that oh-so-luxurious couch!). And of course, somewhere in Stanley’s adorable little brain he also knows that having a party is probably not a great idea, but sometimes a dog just gets carried away, doesn’t he?! I won’t spoil the ending, but let’s just say that even though things go badly for Stanley for awhile, they come together in his favor in the end. 🙂
If you are a teacher or a parent, the children in your life will LOVE this book. How do I know? I’ve read it to over 300 second-grade children and each and every time, they can’t wait to tell me about what they imagine their own pets get up to when they go out. And then they ask me to read it again, which in my opinion, is the true mark of a great book. But don’t take my word for it – just take a look at this long list of awards that Stanley’s Party has earned:
Winner, Time to Read Award, B.C. Achievement Foundation, 2007
Winner, Oregon SMART Award, 2006
Winner, Saskatchewan Shining Willow Award, 2005
Winner, Georgia Storybook Award, 2005
Winner, B.C. Chocolate Lily Award, 2005
Winner, Christie Harris Award (B.C. Book Prizes), 2004
Winner, Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, 2004
Winner, Zena Sutherland Award for Children’s Literature, 2004
Winner, Tiny Torgi Award (CNIB Print Braille), 2004
Winner, Child Magazine Best Children’s Book Award, 2003
“Book Sense 76” Title
Shortlist, California Young Reader Medal, 2007
Stanley’s debut was so popular that Linda Bailey wrote four more books featuring this wonderful character (inspired by her own dog Sophie). To learn more about Linda Bailey’s great work, please visit her website by clicking here.
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