Stanley's Garage
Stanley's Garage
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William Bee
ISBN 9781561458042
Peachtree, 2014.
4 ½ stars
Keywords: cars friendship garage occupations tools vehicles william-bee

Stanley's Garage
by William Bee

Preschoolers will clamor for this tour of the hamster hero's workplace and a glimpse of his daily routine. The padded rectangular package--with thick black outlines of hammers, wrenches, motor oil and more, filled with crayon-bright colors--will invite repeated readings.

"This is Stanley's garage. Who will drive in today?" Readers can glimpse part of a tow truck, and a gas pump in plain sight. First, Hattie needs a fill-up for her red sports car. Next, Shamus pulls in with a flat tire on his blue car. Simple language and pictures show the solution: "Stanley jacks the car up. He changes the flat tire for a nice round one." Other cars in familiar colors require radiator work and a tow for an engine problem. The hero repairs them all and gets a "Thank you, Stanley!" at the end. After a busy day, just like young readers, Stanley eats supper, takes a bath and heads to bed ("Goodnight, Stanley").

This review first appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers.
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