________________ CM . . . . Volume XV Number 1 . . . . August 29, 2008

cover Stanley at Sea.

Linda Bailey. Illustrated by Bill Slavin.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2008.
32 pp., hardcover, $17.95.
ISBN 978-1-55453-193-6.

Subject Heading:
Dogs-Juvenile fiction.

Preschool-grade 3 / Ages 4-8.

Review by Helen Norrie.

*** /4

excerpt:

Stanley knew he wasn't supposed to beg for food. But his people kept eating…and eating… and EATING…and they didn't share a single bite with him. So what else could he do? He whined. He drooled. He rubbed his cold wet nose against their legs.

 

Vancouver’s Linda Bailey has demonstrated both originality and humour in this latest adventure of the dog, Stanley. Stanley and his friends, being ignored at an outdoor picnic by their families, wander down to the shore where they scent a sandwich in a rowboat. As the friends devour the sandwich, the boat drifts out to sea. As the story says, "They knew that wherever you go in the world, sooner or later you always come to a fence." Consequently, when the boat drifts up against the side of a huge oil tanker, Stanley is sure they have come to a fence marking the end of "Outside."

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     When the sailors on board the tanker lift up the canine friends and feed them leftover wieners, sausages and steaks, Stanley and friends are sure they have found a dog's heaven. Later they drift back to shore, with fond memories, but they are never able to find that fence again.

     Bill Slavin, who has illustrated several of Bailey's books about Stanley's adventures, adds considerably to this new book with his attractive illustrations painted in acrylics. The dogs' expressions are humorous and appealing, and the pictures completely cover the pages, with text superimposed in less busy areas.

     Stanley at Sea, suitable for both read-alouds and beginning readers, could be enjoyed by pre-Nursery to grade 3.

Highly Recommended.

Helen Norrie is a former instructor of Children's Literature at the University of Manitoba.

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