One-Minute Book Reviews

July 26, 2008

Flat Stanley, Pop Star – The Hannah Montana of Children’s Books?

Filed under: Children's Books — 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom @ 4:52 pm
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Is Flat Stanley the Hannah Montana of children’s books? I was taking pictures of a cardboard Stanley and a wooden replica of Uncle Sam on a quiet suburban street last weekend when a female passerby exclaimed, “Oh, look, it’s Flat Stanley!” What would the reaction have been in Times Square?

For more on the the book that inspired the Flat Stanley project, click here (“Classic Picture Books Every Child Should Read”) The image at left shows a chapter-book edition of Flat Stanley with pictures by Scott Nash. The June 7 review shows the cover of the original picture-book edition with art by the great Tomi Ungerer, the subject of an article in tomorrow’s New York Times. There’s a link to the profile in Comment #13 for the June 7 post.

© 2008 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.


  1. Jan, did you see that the Dale Hubert, creator of the Flat Stanley Project is facing a possible legal battle for one of his URLs, He makes no money off these websites.

    See the website, as well as The George Lucas Educational Foundation and this July 21, 2008, London Free Press article.

    It’s interesting that Intramusic Theatricals not only used images from Hubert’s site without permission here to promote their musical based on the book, they also credit only Scott Nash and not also Tomi Ungerer as illustrator of “Flat Stanley.”

    Comment by speedytexaslibrarian — July 26, 2008 @ 6:38 pm | Reply

  2. Yes, just learned of the legal battle today but didn’t have time to write about it. Thanks so much for helping me out. I may write more about this later.

    About crediting Scott Nash and not Tomi Ungerer: I have no idea why Intramusic did that — unless it’s because Ungerer’s original illustrations are so much better (which they are) that the producers didn’t want to remind people of them. The original is also old enough that copyright issues may be involved.

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — July 26, 2008 @ 7:04 pm | Reply

  3. Jan–pop star, definitely. I just hope when he gets home he doesn’t drive the Rolls into the paddling pool.

    Comment by Chris Routledge — July 27, 2008 @ 3:28 pm | Reply

  4. Or demand caviar his next envelope instead of a sandwich.

    It’s been so much fun finding out what a star Stanley is. Clearly I didn’t know the half of it when I decided to write about him just because the book is so good and the art for the original came from one of the great living picture-book artists.

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — July 27, 2008 @ 4:46 pm | Reply

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