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Flat Stanley (Flat Stanley #1)

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,974 Ratings  ·  694 Reviews
Poor Stanley. He's a perfectly normal boy until one morning he wakes up flat. After his parents peel the incriminating bulletin board off of him, Stanley must adjust to life as a pancake. He is a boy who takes this kind of thing in stride, though, and soon he's enjoying the advantages of squashedness. Sliding under closed doors is fun, and it's gratifying to be of use to h ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published 1964 by Harper & Row
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Mar 23, 2016 Vicki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Stanley woke up flat as a pancake. He loved slipping under doors and going from room to room. He was caught up in an unexpected adventure by sneak thieves. It is a great story with really great illustrations.
I will be reading more Stanley books with my grandchildren. He is a hit!
Mar 12, 2009 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Flat Stanley has seen a resurgence of popularity as schools are using one of the initial stories of Stanley Lambchop being mailed to another location for a visit to family friends as a fun, creative associated activity to connect students to the story. Nash’s updated illustrations on nearly every page bring out the imaginative qualities and opportunities the original premise of these stories has to offer young readers.

This first book of the Flat Stanley series describes how Stanley became flatte
Nov 01, 2015 Rossy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
I didn't enjoy this book as much as the Mexican Adventure I just read, but I was curious to find out more about how Stanley became flat! The plot was not so great but there were important messages along the book, for instance not jumping to conclusions (based on first looks or what some situation looks like), not judging people for their "shapes, religion, or the color of their skin", the importance of family and working as a team.
Akhu Pierce
Jan 26, 2012 Akhu Pierce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think it is cool that Stanley is only 1 inch thick. It must be fun to slide under a door or be flown as a kite. He had to bring a sandwich with him when he was mailed. The envelope had to be very big. It cost Mr. Lambchop a whole sheet of stamps to mail Stanley. I hope he doesn't get into any. trouble being flat.You should read it to find out. I recommend this book and I look forward to reading more Stanley books. Ahku
Apr 28, 2015 Philip rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eleanor-review
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D: This book was on the shelf at piano. So we just read it while we were waiting for Gwen. We've been reading it for the past three or four weeks. Since we don't have a computer here, we are recording a review into the phone.

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My 5 yr old loved this book. A great story about a boy who gets flat after something falls on him and the advantages to being flat has. (Such as sneaking under doors) A colorful story with bright illustrations, it's probably somewhere around a level 2 reading book. A little too long and involved for my twin 3 yr olds, it's better suited for older children, but still interesting enough for a family read, especially if you keep your kids engaged by asking them questions about the book. Overall a n ...more
Sep 19, 2015 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-cass
I have a few concerns over the physics of this book, a boy gets flattened by what looks like a cork board, he lives... that part makes sense to me, my concern is how he is used as a kite, where has all his weight gone? Also any clothes he puts on suddenly become flat? hmmmmm might explain why my clothes are always too tight.

My daughter said she liked this, but there wasn't any laughter and usually we end up discussing every page, not this time though, I think it didn't capture her imagination en
Ahmad Sharabiani
Flat Stanley, Jeff Brown
عنوان: استنلی، پسرک کاغذی؛ نویسنده: جف براون؛ مترجم: حسین فتاحی؛ تصویرگر: تومی اونگرر؛ تهران، سروش، 1371، در 50 ص، مصور، موضوع: داستانهای تخیلی
This children's book - first published in 1964 - is definitely not timeless. The writing style and dialogue seem pretty outdated throughout the whole story, which gives it an unbelievable (not fantastical) and boring quality. However, the scene in which Flat Stanley's parents mail him for a California visit has sparked the Flat Stanley Project in which people of all ages can make their own Stanleys and mail them around the world - great for classrooms and library programming. I'm interested in c ...more
Lisa Vegan
I just happened to see this because of Goodreads; I’d never heard of it before. I’m glad that the library gave me the edition they did.

This is a hoot. This is quirky, offbeat, clever, creative, and seemingly unique. I just loved it. And it’s another great museum story and sibling story too.

The illustrations fit the story wonderfully.

This has a much longer (text) story than the average picture book.
Flat Stanley is a entertaining little novel. I did indeed have a hard time reading it though. It was written very simply and very easily-I know that children, especially little boys would very much so enjoy this little book. But as for me, I did not enjoy it. It seemed to teach the wrong morals and it was boring. If I was going to be a teacher I do not think that I would choose to teach this in my classroom. Also I really felt the age of this novel. During the age it was written, catching an art ...more
Victoria Stickland
Flat Stanley is a classic, yet quirky children's book and one of my personal childhood favourites.

Stanley is a normal boy until one morning he wakes to find his notice board has fallen on him and he is now as flat as a pancake. As it turns out, things are not as bad as he first thought. So follows an entertaining and humorous adventure where he finds he is able to slide under doors, be sent on holiday through the post and even fly like a kite. However, his greatest moment comes when he manages t
Dec 03, 2010 Larry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a kid name stanley hes the main charecter. In the night stanley was in bed there was a bulletin board in top of him because it fell on him.the next day her mom,s ring fell to the grating and stanley got it.they went to the park and was a kite.In the news that the robers robed a painting from the museuM so stanley in the night was one of the painting then the robres came then stanley scaered the robers and ran away then guy gave him a metal thing.Hes brother got bicicle pump a ...more
Jul 24, 2012 Robert rated it it was amazing
It should be noted that my review is for the original Flat Stanley with illustrations by Tomi Ungerer, not the revised (and much inferior) editions by Scott Nash. The original will always be superior.

This is a much loved book from my youth, one of the very first I learned to read. The story is whimsical and the pictures delightful. What I remember best was the imaginative idea of sending Stanley through the mail, and having him return from many far away places. This book not only was a stepping
Sep 18, 2015 Meera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is an easy and fun read for early readers. It’s a sweet story of Stanley who becomes flat (when a bulletin board falls on him). He then has all kinds of adventures being flat until his younger brother fixes him back to being normal. Young children will enjoy this book; the bonus it has few pictorial representation!
Sep 16, 2009 ABC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: younger-kids
What a weird concept. But my six year old son seemed to like it.

Stanley becomes flat when a bulletin board falls on him (defying the laws of science.) He has several adventures--searching for a missing ring in a grate, flying as a kite, capturing art thieves as a painting.

But at then end he is tired of being made fun of for being flat. His mom tells him it is not right to dislike someone for their shape or religion or skin color. I thought that part of the book was ahead of its time, since it w
Stan Lambchop
Oct 07, 2014 Stan Lambchop rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately I was disappointed by this rendition of my childhood years, it's crude and the story lacked a sense of my determination to get through the difficult time. I shall overlook the lack of the ensuing lawsuit against the makers of the bulletin board, whose poorly fitted screws and bolts led to my horrific accident, as I understand that it would have taken up most of the book. I feel that the book misses the importance of my heroic and courageous actions when faced with the jewellery hei ...more
Aug 19, 2012 Helen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this classic picture book after seeing the play so I could figure out how accurate the play was. It's a wonderfully imaginative fantasy about a boy whose bulletin board falls on him during the night and flattens him enough that he can fit into a large envelope and travel through the mail. So first he goes to visit a friend who moved away and then goes to NY (although in the play it was France)to help solve a robbery at the art museum. Then he decides he just wants to go home and be normal ...more
Katherine Roush
Genre: Juvenile fiction, fantasy, adventure
Format: Print
Plot: Stanley's bulletin board falls on him, and he becomes flat. Life is different, as Stanley learns the perks and drawbacks of being flat.
Readers advisory:
Review citation: SLJ 2006
Source: Children's Core Collection
Recommended age: 6-8
Anya Gupta
Jun 21, 2015 Anya Gupta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like it when Arthur pumped air into Stanley and the buttons popped.
Mar 23, 2015 Alyssa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing
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 ...more
Mar 07, 2015 Natasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This first book of the Flat Stanley series describes how Stanley became flattened by a fallen bulletin board in the night and his experiences in the community being flat which include a mixture of praise for catching the “sneak thieves” stealing valuable artwork from the museum as well as ridicule for being different. As Stanley’s mother says, “It is wrong to dislike people for their shapes. Or their religion, for that matter, or the colour of their skin” and readers see how the community is edu ...more
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.

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
Taylor Schnepf
Feb 16, 2015 Taylor Schnepf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Review for picturebook version)
Stanley was your average kid, until one day a bulletin board fell on top of him and it squished him, just like that, he was as skinny as a pancake. As he thought about it, the idea of being so skinny was cool! He could slide under doors, he could be used as a kite and he even was sent to a friend in California through the mail. Being so thin, he decided to help out his neighbor who was the art director at the museum of art because they had a theft problem. Stanley
Isabel Orama
Aug 16, 2014 Isabel Orama rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Joe Gordon
Jun 22, 2014 Joe Gordon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 11, 2014 Marilyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
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 ...more
Jennifer  Davis
May 20, 2014 Jennifer Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My 6 year old son recently read this book in his classroom with his classmates. They also did a project based on Flat Stanely's Adventure. They all made Flat Stanley's of themselves and mailed them to other states and countries. They asked for them to be returned in a few weeks with what flat them did while visiting, etc. The kids loved it. When asked whom would like to take a copy of the book home to read with their parents my son raised his hand. We read the book together over a course of a co ...more
Meghan Coffey
Feb 28, 2014 Meghan Coffey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
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!

I remember watching the TV show when I was little and I remember loving it. Something about a flat kid was really appealing and funny. However, when I re
Feb 17, 2014 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: february-2014
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
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Jeff Brown had worked in Hollywood and as an editor and writer in New York before creating Flat Stanley, a hero for the youngest readers whose adventures, with illustrations by Tomi Ungerer, were first published in 1964. Flat Stanley became the star of a series of perpetually popular books. The last, "Stanley, F
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“People should think twice before making rude remarks," said Mrs. Lambchop. "And then not make them at all.” 14 likes
“. . . Mrs. Lambchop sighed and shook her head. "You're at the office all day, having fun," she said. "You don't realize what I go through with the boys. They're very difficult."
Kids are like that," Mr. Lambchop said. "Phases. Be patient, dear.”
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