Project Description

Series Activity Kit

Stanley’s Garage

by William Bee

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It’s another busy day for Stanley and friends at his garage!

From filling up Hattie’s red speedster with gas to changing the tire on Shamus and Little Woo’s blue station wagon, it sure is a busy day for Stanley at his garage. As his friends each come in with different car problems, Stanley the hamster knows just what to do to get them back on the road.

Auto-obsessed preschoolers will be thrilled with the tools, processes, and brightly colored vehicles at Stanley’s garage. And at the end of a day of hard work, Stanley goes home where it’s “Time for supper! Time for a bath! And time for bed!”

Perfect for toddler fans of Maisy, 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 of basic preschool concepts such as colors and shapes, kindness and teamwork, community helpers, jobs and careers, vehicles, and daily routines.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-804-2
Publication Date: 9/1/2014
Page Count: 32
Size: 8-3/4″ x 8-3/4″
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English
GRL: I, Gr 1
Lexile: AD200L
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


“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

“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

“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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“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.