Stanley the Builder
by William Bee
Stanley is building a house. Will he make it just right?
When Myrtle buys a plot of land, she asks Stanley to build her a new house. He works step by step – from clearing the site with a bulldozer, to pouring the foundation, to painting the finished house in Myrtle’s favorite colors. Luckily, Charlie helps out too. Building houses is hard work, but all three friends are happy with a job well done.
William Bee’s wonderful series featuring Stanley, an adorable hamster, is great for readers at a transitional age between board books and picture books. Stanley the Builder will appeal to young children wanting to know about occupations and machines.
Publication Date: 9/1/2014
Page Count: 32
Size: 8-3/4″ x 8-3/4″
Age Range: 3 – 7
GRL: I, Gr 1
Themes: Community, How Things Work, Occupations
BISAC 1: JUV002180 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, etc.
BISAC 2: JUV006000 JUVENILE FICTION / Business, Careers, Occupations
BISAC 3: JUV023000 JUVENILE FICTION / Lifestyles / City & Town Life
“These simple books are great choices for younger kids to start looking at jobs, identifying colors, and hanging out with Stanley and his mice friends.” ―School Library Journal
“Stanley and his fellow rodents are adorable … [L]ittle listeners are sure to come back to Stanley over and over, as he explores jobs and uses equipment sure to pique their interest.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Set against a white backdrop, Bee’s flat, clean digital cartoons, framed by thick black outlines, make a bold, graphic impact, and the square trim size and padded cover give the package a satisfyingly chunky feel.” ―Publishers Weekly
“The spare, easy-to-parse digital illustrations (rounded angles and dots for eyes) feature lots of white space, thick black outlines, and judicious use of bright colors.” ―Horn Book Guide
“Simplicity and good design make this pleasing picture book a riveting choice for young children intrigued by seeing big machines, using hand tools, and building things.” ―Booklist Online
“Engaging stories that not only entertain but also introduce real-world concepts in an easy to understand manner.” ―5 Minutes for Mom
“Perfect for librarians looking for books about community helpers for the very young.” ―Early Word
“A perfect little series of little books for little doers.” ―Tales Told Tall
Best Children’s Books of the Year (Starred) ―Bank Street College of Education, 2015
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Meet the Author/Illustrator
William Bee is an artist and commercial designer who has worked for renowned fashion houses, including Issay Miyake and Paul Smith. As well as writing children’s picture books and board books, he races a vintage sports car, is an international skier, and when at home tends his lawns and meadow. He lives in England. You can visit his website here.