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It's Only Stanley

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Dog turns house into moon rocket in fun, wacky story.

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IT'S ONLY STANLEY is a laugh-out-loud, highly imaginative, and tightly written story, told in rhyme with repeated refrains and lots of satisfying action sounds ("KAPOW!"). The illustrations of the cozily domestic but baffled family huddled against the disturbing night noises contrast humorously with the dark, elaborately detailed pictures of Stanley conducting his mysterious experiment. Is the dog diligent, demonic, or demented?

Although author-illustrator Jon Agee takes the story to the humorously absurd, everyone who's lived with the odd behavior of a pet can relate. Re-readings will increase the giddy pleasure, as kids find clues in the art and text (Look! There's a fuzzy image of the poodle in the TV screen!) and call out the funny ending.

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