I don't know how I missed this new series from one of my new favorite author/illustrators, William Bee, but Stanley, the machine-loving, job-exploring hamster made his debut last year in these brilliant, bright, big format books from Peachtree Publishers. Stanley the Builder and Stanley's Garage were the first two books in the series and now Stanley the Farmer joins the series with Stanley's Diner coming this fall!
The text in Bee's Stanley books is perfect - straightforward and descriptive and the names of the characters, from Shamus to Little Woo to Myrtle and Charlie are fun, but the illustrations are the real gems here. Thick black lines and white backgrounds make the simple, detailed illustrations pop off the page. Bee begins each book with a fantastic spread of the tools of the trade needed for each new venture. The text, while simple, covers all the aspects of the job at hand that will feed little listeners hunger for knowledge and enhance their vocabulary. These books are a MUST for everyone, animal and truck lovers alike, and would make beautiful gifts!
The illustrations below are from the first three books.
More Stanley books!
And coming September of 2015!
More William Bee books!
Coming in March of 2015!
Worst in Show, illustrated by Kate Hindley
Digger Dog, illustrated by Cecilia Johnson
and the train goes . . .
Source: Review Copy