It’s Only Stanley

It's Only StanleyWritten by Jon Agee

This delightful rhyming picture book is about the Wimbledon family who is trying to sleep one night but keeps hearing strange noises. When the father gets up throughout the night to investigate each noise, he discovers it’s only the family dog, Stanley, who’s fixing things around the house…or is he? Can you figure out what Stanley’s really up to before his sleepy family does? The ending of the story is somewhat random and quirky which made me laugh and scratch my head at the same time.

My favorite part of this book is the family cat, Max. He keeps going with dad to investigate and if you look at the illustrations you get a hint of what’s about to happen to the cat each time he finds Stanley. Then you’ve just got to turn the page to see if it really happened and what the cat looks like.

Review by Jennifer Porter, Crestview Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★½✩ (3.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades K-3

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It’s Only Stanley
Written by Jon Agee
Dial Books for Young Readers
32 pages
Release Date: March 17, 2015

Categories: Elem. – Picture Book
Tags: picture book, fantasy, family, pets

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