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Children's Fiction Dogs

Stanley's Party

by (author) Linda Bailey

illustrated by Bill Slavin

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2004
Dogs, Humorous Stories
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2004
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2003
    List Price

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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 people go out a lot. Stanley is a good dog, but one night, while they're away, the temptation becomes too great and he sneaks up onto the couch. What a wonderful experience! Soon he's also blasting the music, dancing around the living room and raiding the fridge. Stanley's never had so much fun! But after a couple of weeks something is missing, and Stanley realizes that partying alone has lost its thrill.

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, Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award, Oregon Reading Association
  • Winner, Ministry of Education Time to Read
  • Winner, SMART Award
  • Winner, Child Magazine Best Children's Book Award
  • Short-listed, California Library Association Young Reader Medal
  • Winner, Chocolate Lily Award
  • Winner, Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards
  • Winner, Georgia Picture Storybook Award
  • Winner, Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize
  • Winner, Tiny Torgi Literary Award, Canadian National Institute for the Blind
  • Winner, Book of the Year Award - Silver Medal, ForeWord Magazine
  • Winner, Best Bets, Ontario Library Association
  • Winner, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
  • Winner, Zena Sutherland Award for Children's Literature
  • Winner, Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association

Editorial Reviews

This is a funny, delightful book ... even if you're not a fan of real dogs, this book is a riot.

Quill & Quire Starred Review

This humorous story makes an ideal read-aloud. Dog lovers and party animals alike will howl with delight.

School Library Journal

This is first-class entertainment all the way, with a last line - “If you don't believe me, ask your dog” - that's cheekiness itself.

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Slavin's polished paintings of Stanley's antics and Bailey's confident, breezy story add up to a triumphant cautionary tale that will leave both adults and kid laughing.

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