Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure!
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Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure! (Flat Stanley #1)

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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
ebook, 96 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by HarperCollins (first published 1964)
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Nicole
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...more
midnightfaerie
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
Laura
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 The writing style and dialogue seem pretty outdated throughout the whole story, which gives it an unbelievable (not fantastical) and boring quality.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.
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...more
Larry
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
Kirei
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...more
Helen
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
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...more
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...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
Meghan
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...more
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...more
Jen
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
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 Carver
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...more
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...more
Jasper
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?
Fjóla
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...more
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...more
Kris at Book Wishes
I read this to my children as a read-aloud book. They loved it, we read the entire book at once. In this book Stanley learns he has been flatten by a bulletin board while he slept. Stanley makes the best of it on his adventures he finds his mother's ring, captures thieves as well as develops a stronger relationship with his brother Arthur. I loved how author Jeff Brown writes he not only gives children a great story but adds wonderful lessons in his books. I read this book to my 5 children ages...more
Lightning
My favorite part was the robbery. Stanley is clever and very, very flat. This is a funny book, because the robbers didn't realize a real person looking at them. Read this for book club.
Kelly Timian
• This story is about a boy named Stanley Lambchop who is accidentally flattened when a bulletin board falls on him overnight. Suddenly with his new figure, Stanley is able to enter rooms by sliding under the door, mail himself across the country, and be flown as a kite. Eventually Stanley wishes to go back to normal and has his brother inflate him with a bicycle pump.

• This book is appropriate for elementary grades 3-4. This story could be used in a language arts lesson on creative writing or i...more
Malea Potter
I think I read this book as a kid, but I can't remember. The only thing that sounded familiar to me was the story about the sneak thieves in the art museum. At any rate, I enjoyed this book. It is a fun book and talks about some things that would be good to discuss with kids. The last chapter talked about how kids started to tease Stanley because he was flat and different. That chapter would be a good way to bring up a discussion about how to treat others, especially with younger children. It is...more
Andressa
Such a fun, imaginative book to read with kids. I like books that explore ideas that could never really be, such as being flattened by a bulletin board and having to continue to live a normal daily routine. Kids of course love this concept, wondering and almost wishing they could be flat too. However, as Stanley's brother shows, if we knew someone flat, we might get jealous of all the cool things they could do. But Arthur has to overcome his jealousy with his love for Stanley, which enables him...more
Nathan Lewis
This story was alright. I had never read it as a child so I was curious as to what all the fuss was about. I can see how it would be fun for children to read as it is a funny concept: kid wakes up flat because a bulletin board fell on him and his adventures are what make up the story. As a 24-year old adult make, it did not intrigue me. There was no story line, nothing really flowed into each other, and there was some weird language used.

The pictures were ok. They helped provide a picture of wha...more
VerJean
3/29/2014
We're GeoCachers and part of that "hobby/sport" is moving "TravelBugs" - which I describe as "Flat Stanley type items". Seems like many/most parents and grandparents are familiar and many have been asked to take a Flat Stanley with them on their travels.
Published in 1964 ??? hmmm... must not have been in the Parkersburg Library, since I don't have any recall of this skinny little lad until more recent years.
Must catch up with Stanley!
His Original Adventure:
The Big Bulletin Board
Being...more
Emily
I think that this book is perfect for children. Although it does not have one specific plot, it is fun and cleverly written and at certain points even had me laughing out loud because of the silliness. I suppose it really just spoke to my inner child. Stanley an his family are strangely easy to relate to even though Stanley's flatness is quite unusual. Overall, when you take into account that this is written for children, and the fact that it has endured for over 50 years....this book is actuall...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, Flat Again!," was published the year he died. All together, Stanley's tales have sold ne...more
More about Jeff Brown...
Stanley, Flat Again! (Flat Stanley, #6) Invisible Stanley (Flat Stanley, #4) Stanley and the Magic Lamp (Flat Stanley, #2) Stanley in Space (Flat Stanley, #3) 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.” 5 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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