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Stanley in Space: 03/30/08
I first ran into Stanley Lambchop through the "Flat Stanley Project" when Sean and I participated in a Flat Stanley in 2005. Stanley Lambchop, though is a character from a number of books by Jeff Brown, the first being Flat Stanley (1964).
Stanley in Space is one of the last books in the series and was published the year Jeff Brown died (2003). In it, Stanley and his family (for reasons unknown to me) are requested to fly into space to visit a distant planet that the United States and Britain have been in contact with.
What follows is a space adventure reminiscent of >A Grand Day Out (2000) or any of a number of Danger Mouse episodes . The Lambchops meet with the residents of an ecologically destroyed planet that can recover but the people living on it run the risk of starvation while waiting. Stanley and his family must think of a way to save the people and return to earth safely. Can they do it?
It took me a while to get into the story. The set up seemed to take to long but once the Lambchops are in space I was enjoying the book. It's a short book, only 112 pages and can be enjoyed in one sitting.