It's Only Stanley

By Jon Agee,

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'The Wimbledons were sleeping. It was very, very late, When Wilma heard a spooky sound, Which made her sit up straight. "That's very odd," said Walter. "I don't recognize the tune..." "It's only Stanley," Walter said. "He's howling at the moon."' Whoever heard of a dog who can sing, cook…

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I love how Jon Agee uses a recurring pattern in the stanzas to tell the story. The rhymes and illustrations are super funny.

The best part is the subversive actions of Stanley (the family dog), unbeknownst to the family members and (in my case at least) the reader. And I loved the out-of-this-world ending!

From Lori's list on humorous pictures in rhyme.

Stanley is a very busy dog. If, in the middle of the night, you hear a noisy CLANK CLANK CLANK, it’s only Stanley fixing the oil tank. If you smell a funky smell… it’s only Stanley making catfish stew. Do you hear a buzzing noise? It’s only Stanley fixing the old TV…

I really like this one. It’s so funny, and every time the dad says “It’s only Stanley” I laugh like a kid. The ending is pretty surprising but… no spoiler.

From Davide's list on starring characters with four paws.

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