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Stanley's Wild Ride

by (author) Linda Bailey

illustrated by Bill Slavin

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2008
Dogs, Humorous Stories
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2008
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2006
    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 Party may have come to an end ... but our favorite party animal's back and ready to roll!

Stanley knows he's not supposed to leave the yard, but he's dog-tired of it. So when he discovers a way out ... he's gone! A few escapes later, five dogs are on the lam. And with Stanley in the lead, they're off to have the kind of fun you can't find in a yard --- chasing tomcats, sampling tasty garbage and soaking fire hydrants.

Then, late at night, atop the steepest hill in town, they come upon a mysterious wheeled ... thing. And before you can say “Hot dog!” Stanley's off on the ride of a lifetime!

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


  • Winner, Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award, Oregon Reading Association
  • Winner, California Library Association Young Reader Medal
  • Short-listed, Children's Literature Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre and TD Bank Financial Canadian
  • Short-listed, Chocolate Lily Book Award
  • Short-listed, Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Winner, Best Bets - Top 10 Canadian Children's Books, Ontario Library Association
  • Winner, Book of the Year Award - Gold Medal, ForeWord Magazine

Editorial Reviews

Stanley, a lovable galoot of a lab, proves himself a master of mischief and mayhem as he once again breaks the house rules.—Quill and Quire

Try this well-paced, energetic story with restless young listeners who, like Stanley, feel a bit penned in.—Booklist

[S]mart, comic and a rollicking good time.—School Library Journal

Librarian Reviews

Stanley’s Wild Ride

Our favourite party animal is back and ready to roll! After escaping from the yard one night, Stanley discovers a mysterious wheeled… thing. And he’s off on the ride of a lifetime!

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2007.

Other titles by Linda Bailey

Other titles by Bill Slavin