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Flat Stanley (Flat Stanley #1)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  9,374 ratings  ·  618 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published December 23rd 2013 by HarperCollins (first published 1964)
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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
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
Akhu Pierce
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
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 The writing style and dialogue seem pretty outdated throughout the whole story, which gives it an unbelievable (not fantastical) and boring quality.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.
Stan Lambchop
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
(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
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
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
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 Warrick Davis
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
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
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
It's kind of amazing how some books/stories turn into sensations; it seems the "mail flat stanley to a friend during third grade" is a school tradition for nearly every elementary aged kid I know. Story was cute.

But where's the uproar! The kid gets squished! Art thieves threaten to "kill" him! He's allowed to be by himself at night! In the dark!

Why do some parents object to so much teen content, but they're not aghast at this?????

(tongue in cheek, lest someone think I object myself)
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 ...more
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The book, Flat Stanley, by Jeff Brown is about a boy named Stanley. Flat stanley was flat because he got hit by something. When Stanley got used to being flat, he enjoyed it. It is important to be happy with yourself even when you are different than everyone else.
In the beginning, Stanley liked being flat because “He could go in and out of rooms, even when the door was closed, just by lying down and sliding through the crack at the bottom.” This shows Stanley was happy be
Stanley Lambchop
This book is horrific. Not only is it racist throughout but the homophobic connotations are not at place in today's society. The billboard (clearly representing Stanley's repressed emotions) crushes him and in doing so turns his family against him. It is a brutal story about betrayal and depression and is more suitable for readers of Dostoyevsky than children. Any teachers who allow their students to read this filth are clearly trying to subvert the minds of our youth and corrupt our infants. Th ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
Stanely gets flattened by a bulletin board. He is only 1/2" thick. He goes on several adventures where being flat is helpful. He gets a ring from his mom and says goodbye to being flat. My favorite part is when he get stuck in a tree. I wonder what it would be like to be 1/2" thick?
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 ...more
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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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Flat Stanley (6 books)
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  • Invisible Stanley (Flat Stanley, #4)
  • Stanley's Christmas Adventure (Flat Stanley, #5)
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“People should think twice before making rude remarks," said Mrs. Lambchop. "And then not make them at all.” 9 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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