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Stuart's Cape

(The Amazing World of Stuart #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  312 ratings  ·  61 reviews
A quirky, inventive chapter book featuring an unusual hero--an 8-year-old worrier. Now in paperback!

Stuart's got problems. It's raining. He's bored. And worst of all, he's new in town, so he's got a lot to worry about. What does a kid like Stuart need in order to have an adventure? A cape, of course!
Paperback, 64 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 2002)
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Dec 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The Stuart books are funny and imaginative, but have a wonderful understated tone. Wish there were more of them.
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Stuart’s Cape
Author: Sara Pennypacker
Illustrator: Martin Matje
Publisher: Scholastic
Copyright: 2002
Number of pages: 56
Genre: Fiction
Grade(s): 2-3
Lexile level: 500
Guided Reading level: L
Summary: Stuart is facing every child’s nightmare. He just moved to a new school, he is bored and of course it’s raining outside. He fears that he will not make new friends at school and no one is going to like him. Everything from his old house got picked up by a garbage truck on accident; so, he decides to make a
Oct 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious and odd. Stuart moved to a new house and is going to start 3rd grade in a new school in a few days. He’s worried and bored. It occurs to him that only people with capes have adventures, so he staples together 100 old ties, adds a purple sock for a secret pocket, and proceeds to have several odd adventures, including flying (takes pound cake to bring him down), growing toast, and making a new friend (the trash man).
Mar 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
A really delightful little read, laugh out loud fare for young elementary kids, particularly boys. My only complaint is that it only took one night to read to my daughter (who also loved it), and I kinda wanted to spend more time with Stuart and his cape.

Sara Pennypacker is on my "Favorite Authors" list. Stuart's Cape reminded me why.
Jan 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book comes before Stuart Goes to School, which I read first. You probably should read this one first. I liked how Stuart told himself that whatever happened, he wouldn't act surprised. And he actually did that!
Feb 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I could read Stuart books all day. I really think this is an overlooked gem for young middle grade readers!
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My little guy who is 7 loves these books. He thinks Stuart is hilarious and creative. A great bedtime read in my opinion.
Jeannie Wilkinson
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stuart is stranded at home on a rainy day without all his best stuff. Worse, he is in a new town where he will start at a new school in just a few days. What’s a bored boy to do? Make a cape! With his innovative cape, Stuart has all sorts of wacky adventures, from flying to growing toast, and he hardly has time to worry about his new school. Stuart’s imagination make this chapter book fun and funny for young readers, and Martin Matje’s black and white illustrations bring Stuart’s escapades to li ...more
Joy Slykhuis
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: junior-fiction
This book is a little stranger than I remembered. Stuart has just moved to a new house - no friends- and all his good "stuff" got thrown out by mistake. School starts in two days, and while he's good at worrying, he's not good at waiting. He decides to make a cape, since that's how people have good adventure - by wearing a cape. He proceeds to have excellent adventures. I really liked it!
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this with my 9-year-old and it kept her entertained, and lately that’s a high bar. I love Pennypacker’s sense of humor but Clementine is still my favorite.
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: jfic
Fun, quirky little book.
Mireille Messier
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A clever and very funny story. I love Stuart. And his cape!
Stuart moves to a new town and worries a lot. He makes a cape and life is more interesting. His parents seem very disinterested in Stuart. Funny, imaginative and great illustrations.
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great transition from picture books to chapter books
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Absolute wonderful ridiculousness!
Genre: Fiction/Fantasy

Copyright Date: 2002

This book is all about using your imagination. This would be a good book for those who like to live in their own made up world.
Sandy McDowell
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Delightful, quirky, imaginative. Quick read.
Janine Parsons
Sep 12, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: K-6th grades
The illustration on the cover pulled me into the book and The title caught my eye, "Stuart's Cape". I could only imagine what adventures Stuart would have with his cape.

This book was an easy read. The font and spacing are pleasing to the eye and the illustrations are zany. The author's tone reminds me of the narrator on the 1983 comedy movie "The Christmas Story". Stuart indeed has some fun and crazy adventures with his cape.

A lot of children have wonderful imaginations. They also are prone to
Kate Schwarz
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: early-reader, fiction
This is a short early reader--just 55 pages--with funny, strange, what-kids-want illustrations on every page. It's a silly story about what every kid dreams of: Stuart makes a cape out of a bunch of ties and crazy cool things happen to him: a dinosaur, gorilla, and a horse show up on his doorstep to play with him; he can fly (he has to eat a heavy pound cake in order to come down...ha!); he grows his favorite food (toast) from the ground; he can have people/animals switch places.

In all, a fun re
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Third-grader Stuart, his parents, and his Aunt Bubbles just moved to Punbury. Stuart's worrying is only matched by his imagination, and both are XXXL. What if there are man-eating spiders in his new closet? He worries about getting lost, finding new friends, not finding the school bathroom in time, or getting stuck once he's there. One rainy, boring day, Stuart finds a box of old ties. He staples them all together and makes a wondrous, magical cape which leads him from one adventure to another. ...more
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Beginning readers who love imagining.
Recommended to Karen by: Goodreads
I was mildly confused by this book. It is hard to tell if any of it is in reality, or if it is all make believe...including Aunt Bubbles. I'm sure my son will love it. It is a beginning reader. It is full of the worries of a third grader. I love when he has these worry thoughts, that the illustrations are black. It shows kids that these are not good thoughts. That is something we will discuss as my son reads!

July 1, 2019 Luisa: My favorite part was that Stuart thought that you could have an adve
Dec 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Stuart is getting ready to start the third grade and is very nervous. Will he make any friends? He decides he needs a cape to make things better and makes one by stapling together his dad's ties (not recommended!). Stuart has several grand adventures and by the end of the book is all ready to start school. This is by the same author as the Clementine series. He's imaginative and uses his creativity wisely. This book has been re-released as "The Amazing World of Stuart." Recommended for 2nd-4th g ...more
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
I have read a number of books that are to help readers to move from picture books into chapter books. This one is one of my least favorites.

It could be the narrator. I have found that they often select average narrator. She was ok, but I found it annoying that a female was narrator was reading when the character is male.

It might be interesting to the right reader. However, considering the lead character is supposed to be 8 he seemed much younger though that could be do to the narrator.

It's an
Jan 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: grades-2-3
Stuart is a little boy with a lot of rational and irrational worries and even more imagination (or maybe his cape really is magic...) My second and third grade book club loved Stuart's silly adventures and then loved making capes of their own. We ended up reading the sequel, Stuart Goes to School, together because they couldn't wait to find out what happened to him on his first day at a new school. I would recommend this to readers who are not quite ready for Wayside School but enjoy that unpred ...more
"Adventures only happen to people with capes!" New to the neighborhood, Stuart has a lot to worry about: what if his neighbors are robbers? What if there are man-eating spiders and snakes? What if he never makes a friend? But he knows if he had a cape, he would have an adventure every day. So he sews 100 ties together and suddenly: animals are coming to his door to play, he's flying and he grows toast from seeds. But when Mom and Dad won't let him wear his cape to orientation day, disaster strik ...more
Brooke Cox
Aug 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Stuart's Cape, by Sara Pennypacker, is such a cute, quirky book! I really liked it, even though the book is nothing fancy. When I read this book I had to open up my imagination in order to visualize the characters and follow along with the story plot. What I really loved about this book is that I never knew what Stuart was going to do next. So it kept me wondering and anxious to read the next chapter. I believe young children would love this book for that very reason.

-Ms. Cox
Molly Toomey
This book is a small collection of stories that have to do with Stuart and his cape. He's a young boy who is bored within his home, but has a great imagination. When he's given a cape one day, his play time comes to life and he is able to go on many discoveries. A great book about imagination and using a simple thing to make play time much more enjoyable and meaningful. Can be used as a prompt for writing a story about getting their own cape.
Eight-year-old Stuart is new in the neighborhood and anxious about starting a new school. On a boring, rainy day, he longs for adventure and finds it when he creates a superhero cape out of neckties. He meets a talking dinosaur, horse and gorilla; flies around the sky; and plants toast. He later befriends the local trashman upon discovering a mutual appreciation for junk. Slight fluff, so forgettable I had to read it 3 times.
Jun 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Here's on of the best ways to trick your kids into reading books you know they'll love: First I had David read me the first two chapters of this book outloud as part of his school assignments. Then I made him stop before he wanted to. Then I put the book down, commanding him NOT to take it in his room, NOT to read any further without me. It worked like a charm.
Judi Paradis
Dec 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is one funny book. Stuart is a guy who needs some help getting through his days, so he fashions a super hero cape from his dad's old neckties. The cape DOES give him some super powers--but never exactly when he wants them. I read this to Ms. Villa's fourth grade class last week and we agreed that it was seriously funny. A great chapter book for grades 2 and up.
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