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Flat Stanley – Jeff Brown

This 1968 classic book for readers gaining confidence in their comprehension is a classic with good reason.

If you haven’t already met Stanley Lambchop, he’s a normal boy whose cork board falls on him during the night and he becomes ‘four feet tall, about a foot wide, and half an inch thick’.

With his bemused parents and slightly jealous brother, he navigates a new life – and wardrobe – learning the benefits of being able to be posted to see his friend in America, much more cheaply than flying.

This lovely book has stood the test of time and nostalgia doesn’t tarnish it, it’s ideal for new readers looking to expand from shorter picture books with simple clear language. It’s aged a lot better than it’s contemporaries have, and the message towards the end about not discriminating on appearance or religion is even more relevant than ever.

The Jon Mitchell illustrated version is lovely and the wildly inventive story will have your little ones eagerly reaching for the next one.

And we forgot to mention, there are thieves to catch as well).