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It's Only Stanley

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,586 ratings  ·  314 reviews
Fans of Jon Klassen and Oliver Jeffers will love this mischievously funny read-aloud from award-winning author/illustrator Jon Agee

Mysterious noises keep waking up the Wimbledon family. "That's very odd," says Mr. Wimbledon each time, but when he returns from checking on the sounds, he's always reassuring: "It's only Stanley; he's fixing the oil tank." "It's only Stan
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 17th 2015 by Dial Books
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Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's Only Stanley is a delightfully absurd story written in playful rhyme. Also, great pageturners!

Jon Agee's cartoonish illustrations are full of clues and funny details (poor cat!) that encourage multiple readings:

It's Only Stanley is a delightfully absurd story written in playful rhyme. Also, great pageturners!

Jon Agee's cartoonish illustrations are full of clues and funny details (poor cat!) that encourage multiple readings:

Emma (Miss Print)
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Enjoy your upside-down crashed house family! I'm late for a hot date!
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
So much fun and great page turns. The cat is my favorite part. :)
B. Morya
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A must for anyone who knows dogs lead secret lives while humans sleep.
Apr 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
I like the premise of a dog mysteriously tinkering with things around the house. I did not like the bizarre ending -- extremely unsatisfying and it ruined the book for me. The illustrations were okay, but I wish the lines has been a smidge thinner and that maybe one or two more colors were in the palette.
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
See, this is the thing. I always say I can't stand rhyming books, but then something like this comes along and it's delightful. It's because I don't like BAD rhyming children's books, which most of them are.
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
4.5ish stars.

Great rhymes, fun story, lots of opportunity for informal instruction, wonderfully simple illustrations. Kids love it.

Illustrations: 4.5
Story: 4.5
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Wimbledons are sleeping (or at least attempting to!) when strange noises wake them. The father goes to investigate and finds their dog Stanley howling at the moon. Then another strange noise wakes them...but it's only Stanley, fixing the oil tank. These interruptions to their sleep continue to happen...and with each interruption, an additional Wimbledon climbs into the parents' bed. Finally, the last interruption is one that will surprise and delight readers!
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Jon Agee Fans / Readers Who Enjoy Surreal Picture-Books
The Wimbeldon family find that sleep is a precious commodity indeed in this humorous picture-book, as their dog Stanley continually wakes them from their slumber one night. From howling at the moon - "I don't recognize the tune" says Walter the father - to fixing the drain, Stanley seems to be getting up to quite a bit. By the time the Wimbledons realize that their rest has been interrupted too many times for them to get back to sleep, Stanley, whose actions are anything but random, has launched ...more
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
Reviewed from an uncorrected proof.

HILARIOUS. Stanley the dog keeps waking up the Wimbledon family throughout the night, until they realize he's doing more than odd chores around the house. It rhymes, it scans, the illustrations are hilarious (kids will love tracking the exploits of the dog, noticing tiny details like the poor cat Max's continuing injuries, and the surprise ending). It's brilliant. I love it. Order it immediately.
Sara Bland
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
I love this book! The book is written all in verse. The cute rhyming really keeps the book flowing. Just about every other page, poor Stanley has woken up his family while he has been trying to "fix" things around the house. The father keeps getting up but finding that it is only Stanley. That is, until the final KAPOW that wakes them all. The ending is the most adorable of any of the children's books I've read thus far. I would definitely recommend this for children K-2.
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A delightful read about a family who gets woken up every hour by strange sounds. "It's only Stanley" says dad, even though he's making stew, fixing the TV, and repairing the oil tank. The cat suffers, the family suffers, and Stanley is the most helpful dog, with his own goals at the end of the book. Truly adorable. The verse-style story would make for a great read-aloud for preschool-aged children. Reminiscent of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" in the imagery and sing-songey style.
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was laugh out loud funny! The family doesn't seem concerned at all the things the dog is doing, only concerned about losing sleep. Until they realize he has turned their house into a rocket ship to the moon. However, one has to wonder how the family and dogs survived without spacesuits on the moon.
Kristine Hansen
Aug 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Here is a dog that's not to be trusted. I figured that out early on. The family should have as well....

Cute story, very humorous. I liked the complexity of the pictures as Stanley adjusts the family's household to his own needs. :)
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I cannot stop laughing.
This is ridiculous.
Emily Scheinman
Stanley is on a mission!! The latest by Jon Agee has all the humor you expect plus a surprise ending.
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I liked how they had a [spoiler alert] rocket ship house, but I didn't know HOW they had a rocket ship house. The dog was howling at the moon because he had a friend that was up there.
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-alena
Fun and creative book with great illustrations. Alena and I really enjoyed it.
Kristina Jean Lareau
What a fun one from Jon Agee. In his traditional illustration style, this picturebook is full of curves and details accompanied by a fun rhyming narrative that ends with a twist.
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
My 11 year old niece "saved" my rating of this one, which just goes to show that sometimes you need to try it out with a reader.
Rosemary Sullivan
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was always curious about what my dog Buddy was doing downstairs when I'd hear a commotion at night. I'd stumble into the den, only to find him innocently looking up at me. I never knew what he was up to, because my presence distracted him. Also, he didn't answer my questions, so I just accepted that his midnight zeal would always be a mystery to me. But after reading "It's Only Stanley" by Jon Agee, I wonder anew what inspired his late night ruckuses.

Like Buddy, Stanley is very busy in the we
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Something odd is happening tonight in the Wimbledon house. There are mysterious noises. The first noise is Stanley the dog howling at the moon. But then new noises start. The clanking noise is Stanley fixing the oil tank in the basement. A little later, the funky smell that makes the cat ill turns out to be Stanley cooking catfish stew in the kitchen. The buzzing noise is Stanley fixing the family's old TV in the living room. Splashing noises are Stanley fixing the plumbing. Each noise wakes up ...more
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I hadn't heard of this rhyming picture book, but when I saw it at the library, the front cover made me want to pick it up: a solid-looking dog on a ladder, adjusting a mysterious contraption made of pots and pans and colanders and whisks and wires, in front of an old TV that seems to be showing a staticky picture of a poodle. How could I not be intrigued?

The book opens with Wilma and Walter Wimbledon being woken up by a weird noise. Walter goes and checks it out, and comes back to say it'
The Goodreads rating system doesn't work for me. Sometimes I merely don't like books; sometimes I hate them -- yet both should get a one-star, according to Goodreads. I don't hate It's Only Stanley, but I just don't like it.

This silly little book is about a family, gradually woken up throughout the night by crazy noises. Whenever Dad gets up to investigate, he discovers it's only their dog, Stanley. There's a bit of a surprise, silly ending that I won't give away. I didn't hate It's Only Stanley, so
Kevin Doyle
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well done rhyming picture books, like this one, are such fun to read aloud. It's VERY hard writing to do so when it's done right, it's great and Mr. Agee does a wonderful job with "It's Only Stanley".

The Wimbledon's family dog is working hard, late into the night, on an unknown project. He's keeping everyone awake with all his noise and just when the family is ready to tell their dog to 'knock it off', their house makes a surprise landing (yes, landing :) and we learn from the sweet,
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's only Stanley
Jon Agee

According to kirkus, the Wimbledon family had a noisy night; they couldn't sleep well. The First to notice was the wife, and then her children one by one. They went to Walter to complain about that noise. He found out that Stanly "their dog" that made all the noises by cooking, fixing things such as the TV and oil tank. This book full of humor and fun, because the family didn’t know that Stanly want to take the house to moon trip. Young readers will lov
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love the illustrations, the rhythm and the repetitiveness in this book. Stanley is the Wimbledon’s dog and one night the parents are waken to find him howling at the moon and Walter replies, “I don’t recognize the tune.” Back in bed sleeping, one-by-one, in their striped pajamas, the children come into their parent’s room complaining about a noise, a smell or a sound that they hear while sleeping. This causes their father to get up and investigate. Coming back to the bedroom, their father says ...more
Mackenzie Wardle
The Wimbledons are all fast asleep when Wilma and Walter, the parents, wake up to a strange tune. Walter goes outside to find their dog Stanley howling at the sky. Then Wendy and her parents hear another noise below their room. Stanley seems to be fixing the oil tank. Next, they smell something funky, as Willie comes in to tell his family. Walter checks it out and finds Stanley making catfish stew. Another daughter Wanda comes in to complain about a buzzing noise so her father checks it out. Sta ...more
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In this cute story, the Wimbleton family: Wendy, Wanda, Willie and Wylie, has been trying to get some sleep, but it isn't happening.

Stanley, the family dog, has been hard at work from one noisy project to the next. Sometimes Stanley is banging pots while cooking, fixing the drain or the television and other noisy projects, but little does his family know that he has been planning for a big adventure as well -- an interplanetary trip, not in a spaceship, but by launching the house. Wh
NZBook Girl
The Wimbledon family aren't getting any sleep at all because of all the noise their dog Stanley is making as he goes about his night-time activities, but only the first, howling at the moon, is what you might expect a dog to get up to. He fixes the oil tank, makes catfish stew, gets the old TV going. The whole family is eventually gathered in the parents' bedroom despairing of ever getting some sleep. Stanley's final project is most fantastic of all, but I'll leave that as a surprise for you whe ...more
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