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by Linda Bailey & illustrated by Bill Slavin

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: March 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-55453-318-3
Publisher: Kids Can

Bailey and Slavin continue their canine-themed collaboration with this fourth entry in their series about Stanley the mischievous yellow lab. This time he is entered by “his people” in a local dog contest, much to his dismay. The frantic preparations for the contest lead to the unhappy dog missing his breakfast and suffering the indignity of a bath with banana-scented shampoo. Stanley and his canine companions find the contest ludicrous, but the prizes are enticing: large, bone-shaped biscuits in mouthwatering flavors. Poor Stanley watches other dogs win in each category, carrying off the delectable biscuit rewards one by one. When Stanley tries to nibble on the last prize, he upsets the awards table and his antics lead to an entirely predictable, if comical doggy disaster. Though the story is rather slight, Slavin’s acrylic paintings in a muted palette bring considerable charm and humor to the dogs of widely varying breeds and sizes. Stanley is an expressive and appealing pooch whose heart is always in the right place. (Picture book. 4-7)