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Jeff Brown was born Richard Chester Brown.
In Hollywood he worked for the producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr. and was a story consultant at Paramount. Preferring to write himself, he sold fiction and articles to national magazines while working at The New Yorker, Life, The Saturday Evening Post, Esquire and finally at Warner Books, where he was a senior editor until 1980.
The idea for Stanley came to him one night at bedtime when his sons J. C. and Tony were young and stalling for time. One asked what would happen if the big bulletin board on the wall were to fall on J. C., and Mr. Brown said he would most likely wake up flat. That led to speculation about what such a life might be like.
After writing "Flat Stanley, " Mr. Brown went on to "Stanley and the Magic Lamp," "Stanley in Space," "Stanley's Christmas Adventure," "Invisible Stanley" and finally "Stanley, Flat Again!"
The classic character Flat Stanley, a boy who is only half an inch thick after a billboard falls on him, is back in book made up of three short stories which is perfectly designed for first readers. How Stanley makes use of his unusual size in a series of scary situations is a delight.
Classic character Stanley - made flat when a billboard fell on him - is back for an exciting new adventure inspired by the original Flat Stanley titles. This time Stanley responds to an archaeologist who wants some help. So Stanley posts himself off to Egypt so that he can set about finding the ancient treasure that is hidden in the pyramid. Stanley has to keep his wits about him to beat the tomb raiders and save the treasure.
Bestselling Flat Stanley is back for a new adventure – and this time he meets his ninja film star hero. Stanley’s unusual shape – he is flat! – came about because a billboard fell on him. As a flat person he has had many adventures but who has ever heard of a flat ninja? Luckily Flat Stanley can pop into an envelope and fly off to see his hero Oba Nobu and from then some exciting ninja adventures develop.
September 2011 Guest Editor David Almond: "I was at university by the time I came across my youngest sister’s copy of this book. I loved it straight from the first sentence. It was perfectly believable that Stanley Lambchop woke up one morning to find he’d been squashed flat by a notice board. It seemed just the kind of thing that Kafka might have come up with for 7 year olds, and showed what wonderful work was being done in the world of children’s books. As a budding young writer, I’d always wanted to be Kafka, but now I found I also wanted to be Jeff Brown. It’s a funny weird deadpan classic."
Meet Stanley Lambchop, the ordinary boy with an extraordinary problem. He’s been four feet tall, about a foot wide but only half an inch thick ever since a big noticebaord fell on him and flattens him out. But Stanley has all sorts of adventures, from being rolled up, sent in the post and even flown like a kite. But as Stanley discovers it’s not always fun to be different all the time. Boys and girls will love this in equal measure. Jeff Brown created the character of Flat Stanley when one of his own sons said he was frightened that the noticeboard above his bed might flatten him in the night!For children who want to move on from picture books to books with short chapters but featuring the same character such as Flat Stanley, then why not take a look at these.
Stanley is a perfectly ordinary little boy until an extra large notice board falls on top of him and makes him completely flat. Luckily, Stanley is of a cheerful disposition and he adapts readily to his new, flat self and even finds advantages to it. Lots of funny adventures in an easy to read style.