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Stanleys Paint Box
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Stanley’s Paint Box

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by William Bee

It’s another busy day with Stanley and friends as they mix colors, paint, and create! An ideal entrée to colors and the practice of painting.

“Written at the right pace and level for little readers… a sweet and colorful story.” —Kirkus Reviews

In Stanley’s Paint Box, William Bee introduces colors and basic painting concepts within a fun, simple story about friendship and creative play.

Stanley brings his paint box to help friends Little Woo, Sophie, and Benjamin with a special project. There’s a stack of boxes of different sizes along with red paint and blue paint and yellow paint and white paint. But what happens when Sophie wants orange and Benjamin requests green? The friends work together to mix colors and use their rollers, sponges, brushes, and even their paws to create stripes, zigzags, and other engaging patterns on the boxes . . . and, of course, on themselves. What will the finished product be?

The sturdy Stanley board book series, focused on early childhood education concepts, will appeal to toddlers, preschoolers, and fans of Lucy Cousins’ Maisy. It’s a great stepping-stone to William Bee’s beloved series of padded picture books featuring Stanley and his rodent friends as they explore jobs and careers, vehicles, daily routines, and what it means to be part of a community.

Format: Board Book
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-1-68263-186-7
Publication Date: 3/1/2020
Page Count: 18
Size: 6-3/4″ x 6-3/4″
Age Range: 2 – 6
Language: English
Lexile: AD430L
Themes: Art, Community, Friendship
BISAC 1: JUV002180 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, etc.
BISAC 3: JUV036000 JUVENILE FICTION / Technology / General


“Stanley and his friends are darling, but the way Bee applies his colors is what’s most eye-catching. The boxes look as though they were truly painted by children, a nice detail, and the sight of the animals themselves bedecked in splatters of paint rings true…. written at the right pace and level for little readers, offering illustrations that hit the mark. Paints a sweet and colorful story.” —Kirkus Reviews

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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.