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Stanley's Party

Bailey, Linda (Book - 2003)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Stanley's Party
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Stanley is a good dog, but one night when his humans are out, he can't help throwing a wild party.
Authors: Bailey, Linda, 1948-
Title: Stanley's party
Publisher: Toronto : Kids Can Press, 2003
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,24 cm
Summary: Stanley is a good dog, but one night when his humans are out, he can't help throwing a wild party.
Additional Contributors: Slavin, Bill
ISBN: 1553373820
Branch Call Number: PZ7.B1526 Sta 2003
Statement of Responsibility: written by Linda Bailey ; illustrated by Bill Slavin
Subject Headings: Parties Fiction Dogs Fiction
Topical Term: Parties
Dogs
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Sep 24, 2012
  • kozakd rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Wow, this is a fun book about a dog that takes things a little too far, just like some party animal people. It can be enjoyed by both the readers and the listeners.

Feb 11, 2011
  • Mallory_MPL rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Home alone one evening, Stanley explores what happens when he sneaks onto the couch – it was even better than he ever dreamed! Pretty soon he parties every night alone, but realizes something is missing – friends! Stanley must also keep his new lifestyle a secret from “his people”.

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Stanley’s Party
Written by Linda Bailey Illustrated by Bill Slavin

Bailey’s best works are Good Times Travel Agency Adventures and the Stanley the dog series; both illustrated by fellow Canadian Slavin. Slavin won twenty-six awards, nine for Stanley’s Party, and Bailey won twenty-two as of 2008 (CANSCAIP,2007;Bailey and Slavin,2007).

Stanley’s Party was the first in the series, and answers the question all dog-owners ask – what do they do when they’re alone? Stanley tests his waters first by taking a seat on the couch, having the best night ever, and doesn’t even get caught! Soon he’s blasting music, raiding the fridge, and eventually hosts a full-blown dog party!

The intended audience is K-2 with complex sentence structures and some repetition. Overall Stanley’s good dog and the storey develops his character even more, at first as an explorer, then lonely, and finally a party animal!

The plot is strong and quickly builds with anticipation. It’s an exciting read-aloud as the voices have potential to be funny. Children are generally intrieged by animals, dogs especially, and the way Stanley acts as a member of the family, paired with the excitement of getting caught, appeals to children while adults can appreciate the humour.
The scene Stanley invites dogs to his party contains a lot of white space and the illustration goes off the page leaving the impression that there are more dogs involved than can be seen. Conversely, the dog-party is full of action. The text says every kind of dog is present, while the illustration shows them in hilarious situations, conveying a wild party!

Slavin’s curved lines give the dogs a friendly appearance, conveying them as members of the family with human traits. His watercolours and ink add a cartoonish texture.

I highly recommend this book for young independent readers and as a read-aloud as both children and adults will enjoy the humour.

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Oct 26, 2010
  • fiferboy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

fiferboy thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 7

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