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Stanley the Builder

by William Bee

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It’s another busy day for Stanley and friends on the construction site!

“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

When Myrtle buys a plot of land, she asks her friend Stanley to build her a new house. He works step by step – from clearing the site with his orange bulldozer, to lifting beams with his green crane. Luckily, Stanley’s friend Charlie helps out, too. And at the end of a hard day of working, Stanley returns home where it’s “Time for supper! Time for a bath! And time for bed!”

Stanley the Builder shows young readers—with simple steps, accessible text, and brightly colored illustrations—how construction workers build a house. Toddlers who love equipment, tools, and vehicles won’t be disappointed! It ends with a familiar, comforting bedtime refrain that puts little ones in the mind to go to sleep.

Perfect for fans of Maisy and vehicles, tools, and equipment, William Bee’s beloved Stanley series features Stanley, an adorable hardworking hamster, and his community of rodent friends as they work different jobs and help each other along the way. The sturdy padded picture book format is ideal for readers at a transitional age between board books and picture books, and the books are trusted models for basic preschool concepts including colors and shapes, kindness and teamwork, community helpers, jobs and careers, vehicles, and daily routines.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-56145-801-1
Publication Date: 9/1/2014
Page Count: 32
Size: 8-3/4″ x 8-3/4″
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English
AR Level: 1.7
GRL: I, Gr 1
Lexile: AD340L
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…little 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.” ―The Horn Book Guide

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“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

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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.