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Summary: When the President of the United States calls, he doesn't have time for jokes. That's a fact. Just ask Stanley Lambchop. Try as they might to lead a normal life, the country needs the Lambchops to stop an inter-galactic takeover. They head to planet Tyrra and learn the Tyrrans are desperate: they have no food or water on their planet. They'll starve. Not if Stanley can help it. What can he do? This is an outerspace adventure featuring Flat Stanley.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, independent reading, transitional reader, read aloud book. remedial reader, reluctant reader
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 9; read yourself: 8 to 10
Interest Level: 6 to 9
Reading Level: 3.9
Age of Child: Read with 6-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter picked this out as her free book at Barnes and Noble this summer. She wasn't familiar with Flat Stanley, but immediately got into the story. She would stop periodically during the day to ask us to read a chapter, and also asked for chapters in the evening.
Adult Reader Reaction: You don't have to know about Flat Stanley to enjoy this story. It is probably a little bit beyond our daughter, as she isn't familiar with things like treaties and government, but she followed along as we read and asked questions.
Pros: Kids (particularly boys) will enjoy this story about space travel and mini-martians. There are enough illustrations to give kids who aren't strong readers the sense of progress and not overwhelm them with words.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. Kids will likely read this and want to go on to the next one.
Educational Themes: This is a story that's meant to be fun reading. It offers great reading practice that "masked" by the humor and adventure of the story itself. If you want to stretch, you can talk about acceptance and creative problem solving.
Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 3.9
Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, adventure, easy reader series