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The Resource Stanley's party, written by Linda Bailey ; illustrated by Bill Slavin

Stanley's party, written by Linda Bailey ; illustrated by Bill Slavin

Label
Stanley's party
Title
Stanley's party
Statement of responsibility
written by Linda Bailey ; illustrated by Bill Slavin
Title variation
Stanleys party
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Stanley is a good dog, but one night when his humans are out, he can't help throwing a wild party
Member of
Tone
Character
Illustration
Award
  • Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, 2004.
  • BC Book Prizes, Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize, 2004.
  • Blue Spruce Award (Ontario), 2004.
  • British Columbia Achievement Foundation Award for Early Literacy, 2007.
  • Chocolate Lily Book Awards (British Columbia), Picture Book category, 2005.
  • Georgia Children's Book Award for Picture Storybook, 2005.
  • Willow Awards, Shining Willow category, 2004.
  • OLA Best Bets, 2003.
Review
  • PreS-Gr. 2. In Hoe Baek Lee’s While We Were Out [BKL Ap 15 03], a pet rabbit explores the house while her owners are out. This book has the same premise, but the pet is a dog, and his adventures turn raucous. The first night Stanley’s people are gone, he timidly jumps on the couch. When he realizes that his owners haven’t noticed, he begins taking larger liberties--playing music, eating leftovers from the fridge. Then, like so many teenagers, Stanley gets a bright idea: he’ll have a party! He invites dogs from all over the neighborhood, and they tear the house apart. Then his owners return. The downside of Stanley’s merrymaking is having to clean the house; the upside is being taken along whenever his people go out. A clever ending is a twist on the idea of a dog’s tale. The artwork, executed in acrylics, is bursting with life, especially the last several scenes in which dogs of every shape and stripe cavort around the house. A well-plotted delight. (Reviewed July 1, 2003) -- Ilene Cooper
  • /* Starred Review */ It is truly a dog's life for the barrel-chested pooch Stanley, once he discovers that he can loll on the forbidden couch, crank up the stereo and raid the fridge with impunity—as long as he covers his tracks before "[his] people" return from their frequent late nights out. Knowing that readers will find parallels in their own covert episodes, Bailey and Slavin (previously teamed for the Good Times Travel Agency series) extol the heady liberation that comes from Stanley's pushing the bad behavior envelope. "The couch was more comfortable than he'd ever dreamed.... He put his paws up on the cushions. He sprawled and squirmed and sniffed the leather trim. The couch was wonderful!" Working in nubby and almost iridescent acrylics, Slavin captures Stanley in a state of illicit, legs-in-the-air ecstasy. His portrayals of dogs throughout offer a hilarious, knowing perspective. The lush life comes crashing down, however, when Stanley decides to share the fun with his canine friends (including the memorably named Gassy Jack), and word hits the doggie grapevine, bringing out "Drooling dogs. Dainty dogs. Dogs that needed a bath." Yet readers will cheer that the lesson of the resulting canine melée is directed not at Stanley, but rather his mildly neglectful owners. This is first-class entertainment all the way, with a last line—"If you don't believe me, ask your dog"—that's cheekiness itself. Ages 3-7. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed February 3, 2003) (Publishers Weekly, vol 250, issue 5, p74)
  • Stanley the yellow lab brings new meaning to the term "party animal" in this hilarious story from Bailey and Slavin, creators of the Good Times Travel Agency series (Adventures in Ancient Greece, not reviewed, etc.). When Stanley's owners leave him alone (and lonely) every night, he gradually learns to expand his behavioral parameters. First he climbs onto the couch without being caught; next he learns how to turn on the music and kick up his heels; and then it's on to extra meals from the refrigerator. Finally he invites all the neighbor dogs over for a real party; they in turn invite all their friends, and the ensuing risky business results in a wild party with dozens of dogs dancing, eating, and generally whooping it up. (Don't miss the cavorting canine on the cover with the lampshade on his head or the miniature poodle swinging from the chandelier.) Of course, the owners come home early that night—illustrated with a memorable spread of all the dogs staring buggy-eyed at the door in horror. In a satisfying conclusion, Stanley gets to ride along with his owners at night when they go out, and the story of the wild party continues to circulate throughout the canine world. ("And if you don't believe me, ask your dog.") Slavin's polished paintings of Stanley's antics and Bailey's confident, breezy story add up to a triumphant cautionary tale that will leave both adults and kids laughing. Party on, Stanley. (Picture book. 3-7) (Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2003)
Awards note
  • Canadian Library Association Amelia F. Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award (2004).
  • Blue Spruce Award, 2006
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
124776
Cataloging source
NLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1948-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bailey, Linda
Dewey number
jC813/.54
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
LG
LC call number
PZ7.B1526
LC item number
Sta 2003
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
NLM call number
Bai
Reading level
2.7
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Slavin, Bill
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Stanley
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dogs
  • Parties
  • Night
  • Dogs
  • Parties
  • Dogs
  • Night
  • Parties
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Stanley's party, written by Linda Bailey ; illustrated by Bill Slavin
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • "The text is set in Leawood Medium"--Colophon
  • "The artwork in this book was rendered in acrylics on gessoed paper"--Colophon
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm49740903
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
32 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9781553377689
Lccn
00560165
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)49740903
Label
Stanley's party, written by Linda Bailey ; illustrated by Bill Slavin
Publication
Note
  • "The text is set in Leawood Medium"--Colophon
  • "The artwork in this book was rendered in acrylics on gessoed paper"--Colophon
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm49740903
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
32 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9781553377689
Lccn
00560165
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)49740903

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