You have no idea how excited I was when a box of Flat Stanley books showed up in my mailbox. A couple in HARDCOVER!! I had no idea that kids still loved these books as much as they did, but apparently there is still a Flat Stanley phenomena sweeping our nation and I've been left out. Until now!
All the books are written by Jeff Brown (genuis I must say) and incorporate the story of Stanley, a boy flattened by a bulletin board that now travels alllll over the world, having fun adventures. Of course, there is the original adventure in which Stanley is flattened and then helps to solve catch robbers that have been stealing paintings from a famous museum. That one is probably still my favorite...I like beginnings.
And then we have Stanley, Flat Again! the sequel, where Stanley ends up being an inch thick all over again, and helps one of his classmates is trapped when a building collapses. Only Stanley is thin enough to get in to help her, of course, saving the day again.
Then we have these NEW, bright shiny Flat Stanley books, in a new series called "World Wide Adventures." In the first, The Mount Rushmore Calamity, Stanley and his family travel to Mount Rushmore to see the sites and of course, end up in trouble with only Stanley to save the day.
And finally, The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery, has Stanley flying, via airmail of course, to Egypt to help an archeologist find buried treasure in a pyramid. This one is really cool and has lots of fun facts about Egypt. Education and fun are the perfect combination in these books.
The books also advertise a website, www.flatstanleybooks.com that has global facts, games, pen pal opportunities, and classroom activities, which is pretty cool too. It would be a lot of fun for a kid to have a Flat Stanley pen pal to share their Flat Stanley pictures with.
These are great middle grade choices in updated forms...both paperback and hardcover.
Have any of you participated in the Flat Stanley experience??
To learn more about any of these titles, or to purchase, click on the book covers above to link to Amazon.