Flat-out fun with Stanley

Best Bet

April 03, 2003|By Molly Knight

Imagine waking up one morning flat. Not tired or sick - but flat as a pancake.

That's what happens to Stanley Lambchop, the main character in the entertaining series of children's books by Jeff Brown.

Stanley is flattened when a bulletin board falls on him in the middle of the night. It's an unfortunate accident, but he is a positive, resourceful kid, and he soon learns to enjoy the advantages of his new shape. He can slide under doors and squeeze gracefully through grates, among other things.

For Stanley, it turns out, it's kind of fun being flat.

This Saturday, the Barnes & Noble in Ellicott City invites kids of all ages to a story hour featuring tales about flat Stanley. Come hear how Stanley makes the most of flatness, and find out whether he ever gains his old shape back. Also, enjoy the books' colorful, dynamic illustrations.

The first book in the series, Flat Stanley, was published in 1964. It and other Stanley books (among them, Stanley, Flat Again and Stanley and the Magic Lamp) are considered classics for their humor and life lessons.

The story hour will take place at 11 a.m. Barnes & Noble is at 4300 Montgomery Road. Call 410-203-9001.

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