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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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Univ of Toronto Pr
Stanley's people go out a lot. Stanley is a good dog, but one night, while they're away, the temptation becomes too great and he sneaks up onto the couch. What a wonderful experience! Soon he's also blasting the music, dancing around the living room and raiding the fridge. Stanley's never had so much fun! But after a couple of weeks something is missing, and Stanley realizes that partying alone has lost its thrill.
The uproarious story of a good dog who unleashes his inner party animal when his folks go away.

Baker & Taylor
When Stanley the dog's owners go out at night, he likes to see how much mischief he can get away with.

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When the people go away, Stanley the dog begins to play by jumping on the couch, playing music, and eating food from the fridge, yet after partying alone for a few weeks, Stanley decides that a party isnÆt truly a party without a couple of friends to share in the fun.

Authors: Bailey, Linda, 1948-
Title: Stanley's party
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, Kids Can Press,, c2003
Characteristics: [28] p. :,col. ill. ;,24 cm.
Awards & Distinctions: ["
Amelia Frances-Howard Gibbon Illustrator's Award, 2004", "
Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize, 2004", "
Chocolate Lily Award, 2005"]
Local Note: Being changed from YFIP to YPB, as requested by Youth
Additional Contributors: Slavin, Bill
ISBN: 9781553373827
Branch Call Number: BAI
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Report This 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.

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

Annotation: 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”. Review: 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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Report This 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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