Stanley’s Wild Ride
Illustrated by Bill Slavin
Ages 3 to 7
Kids Can Press, 2006, 1-55337-960-8
Stanley the dog has a very boring existence. He is heartily fed up with having to look at the same old things again and again as he lies inside the fence day after day. One night though, Stanley discovers that there is a little hole under the fence and in pretty short order he makes the hole just big enough to accommodate a dog. Soon Stanley is out on the loose and having the time of his life. His best friends Alice, Nutsy, Elwood and Gassy Jack also manage to break out of their respective yards and homes and the five dogs have a wonderful time running up and down streets, sniffing whatever they like and doing all those things dogs like to do.
Then, at the top of a hill Stanley discovers a skateboard and from that moment on, the dog’s night of revelry turns into something quite out of the ordinary. Even when he is relegated once more to his fenced yard, Stanley will never be the same again.
This deliciously funny picture book will give dog lovers of all ages a wonderful laugh. Highly textured acrylic artwork captures the excitement of the night and the sheer feeling of joie de vivre that the dogs experience as they enjoy their new-found freedom.
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