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Stanley at Sea

by (author) Linda Bailey

illustrated by Bill Slavin

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2008
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2008
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 3 to 7


Stanley's thrown his party --- and braved his wild ride. Now Stanley and his pals embark on an adventure that makes sea-dogs of them all!

It's picnic time in the park --- but not for Stanley. He knows he's not supposed to beg, but his people are always eating. And Stanley is always hungry! After he's told to “get,” Stanley wanders down by the river where he runs into Alice, Nutsy and Gassy Jack.

Soon their keen noses lead them to a delicious treat on a small boat with no people in sight. When the boat's mooring comes loose, they float away with the current down the river, under a bridge and then out to sea! It's a scary new world where the sky stretches in every direction and big waves crash. The dogs know that when you're Outside, sooner or later you always come to a fence. When suddenly through the mist they see what looks like a very tall fence, they know they've come to the End of Outside! But what kind of fence is this?

About the authors

Linda Bailey a jonglé longtemps avec l'idée d'écrire, mais ce n'est qu'après avoir eu ses deux filles qu'elle a lancé sa carrière d'auteure. Elle a écrit des albums, des romans et aussi des livres informatifs. Linda a beaucoup voyagé dans sa vie et ses livres aussi! Certains sont publiés en Chine, en Corée, en Australie, en Grèce, en Pologne et dans de nombreux autres pays.


Linda Bailey has written more than twenty books for children in a number of different genres, including the best-selling Stanley-the-dog series, Toads on Toast, and most recently, If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur (Si jamais tu avais un dinosaure...). Linda has garnered a long list of honours in Canada such as the Ontario Blue Spruce Award, the Atlantic Provinces Hackmatack Award and the Arthur Ellis Award. She lives in Vancouver, BC.

Linda Bailey's profile page

Bill Slavin has illustrated over sixty books for children, including Stanley's Party, Stanley's Wild Ride, Stanley at Sea, Transformed and The Farm Team. He lives in Millbrook, Ontario, with his wife, their cat, two rabbits, five squirrels and a family of cardinals.

Bill Slavin's profile page


  • Short-listed, Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Short-listed, Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize
  • Short-listed, Chocolate Lily Book Award
  • Winner, Best Bet for Children and Teens, Ontario Library Association
  • Short-listed, Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association

Editorial Reviews

... third in the rollicking series about a goofy dog whose addled antics make for first-class entertainment.—Quill & Quire

Linda Bailey's endearing, if disobedient, dog is back ...This is a delightful addition to the ongoing adventures of a lovable, if goofy, cast of characters.—City Parent

Super illustrations ...—Vancouver Sun

... Stanley's waggish appeal will win over readers young or grown.—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

Bailey's humor, sometimes subtle and other times overt, comes through on every page ... Slavin's splendid acrylic paintings ... teem with detail and texture that give a 3-D effect ...Three “arfs”... for this sensory-rich adventure.—School Library Journal

Librarian Reviews

Stanley at Sea

Stanley wanders down by the river where he runs into Alice, Nutsy and Gassy Jack. Soon their keen noses lead them to a delicious treat on a small boat with no people in sight. When its mooring comes loose, the current pulls them down the river, under a bridge and out to sea.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2009.

Other titles by Linda Bailey

Other titles by Bill Slavin