Stanley's diner

William Bee

Book - 2014

It is another busy day at the diner as Stanley cooks, prepares for a special event, and finally cleans up and goes home.

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Picture books
Atlanta : Peachtree 2014.
First edition
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Main Author
William Bee (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Stanley the hamster runs a diner, where he cooks breakfast and lunch for customers and even bakes a birthday cake for a young friend. After washing a sinkful of dishes, this amiable fellow heads for home. "Time for supper! Time for a bath! And time for bed! Goodnight, Stanley." The short, matter-of-fact text tells just enough about what's happening while leaving plenty of space for kids to ask questions and point out what they find in the illustrations. Bold, black lines define the appealing characters and settings, while areas of color shine brightly against the white backgrounds. Clarity and simplicity are the hallmarks of the Stanley the Hamster series, a well-designed British import that debuted in the U.S. with Stanley the Builder (2014) and Stanley's Garage (2014) and continued with Stanley the Farmer (2015). These picture books have steadily gained a following among young children, who respond to the capable protagonist, his dependable daily routine, and his varied career choices. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 1—Another addition to the series, Stanley's Diner follows another busy day at the diner, where Stanley and his friend Hattie cook up eggs, pancakes, and even a special cake for Little Woo's birthday. Of course, when the day is done, everything must be cleaned up so Stanley can return home and rest for the evening. Bee's familiar hamster is always on the go and is a jack of all trades. These books are great for building young children's literacy skills, as the text asks engaging questions, leading readers to the answer on the next page. The illustrations are clear and helpful rather than distracting for young readers. Items in the illustrations are clearly labeled, making connections for beginning readers. Stanley's new story line of working in the kitchen will appeal to any preschooler who plays house or pretends to cook. VERDICT A solid purchase.—Kaitlin Connors, Virginia Beach Public Library [Page 113]. (c) Copyright 2015 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Cooking eggs, pancakes and whatever else is ordered by his hungry customers, Stanley works alongside Hattie the server to prepare a surprise birthday cake for a special diner.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

It is another busy day at the diner as Stanley cooks, prepares for a special event, and finally cleans up and goes home.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Stanley is cooking for some hungry customers today!Eggs and pancakes, coming right up! Stanley is cooking for all the hungry customers who come into his diner, while Hattie takes their orders. Then Stanley serves up a special cake – but whose birthday are they celebrating?William Bee’s wonderful series featuring Stanley, an adorable hamster, is great for readers at a transitional age between board books and picture books. Stanley’s Diner will appeal to young children wanting to know about occupations and machines.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

It's another busy day for Stanley and friends at the diner!Eggs and pancakes, coming right up! Stanley is cooking for all his hungry friends in his diner, while Hattie takes their orders. Then Stanley bakes and serves up a special cake—all for one very special "little" customer.Accessible text and brightly colored illustrations helpfully convey restaurants and kitchens for toddlers who love equipment, tools, and vehicles. After a hard day at work, Stanley winds down his day with a familiar supper and bath routine that makes this series a great pick for bedtime reading!William Bee's beloved Stanley series is a trusted model for basic preschool concepts like colors and shapes, kindness and teamwork, jobs and daily routines. Toddlers will love hanging out with this adorable cast of friendly neighborhood critters in any of the available series titles. Help your little one collect them all!