I will admit that my first reason for adoring this book is that my friend, Lisa Queen, gave me Stanley's Party several years ago, so I was predisposed to like this latest adventure. Stanley is very curious about school. The building is just down his street and he sees the children going back and forth to it every day. But what are they doing in there all day? He discusses it with his friends at the dog park and they all decide to check it out for themselves. (The illustration of the four dogs trying to open the front door of the school will make you laugh out loud.) When they finally get inside, they are very concerned at how empty and quiet everything is. Where are all the children? What has happened to them? In their search for the children, they do find some other interesting - and yummy things. The mad chase through the school as they try to evade the custodian takes them through several rooms, until they all wind up on chairs outside the "top dog's" office.
Fans of Stanley will be glad to see that he hasn't changed at all; he is still the same lovable and inquisitive dog. His friends follow his lead and have a pretty good time doing so. The illustrations show the various dogs, Stanley's three companions and the others from the dog park, as a mix of sizes and breeds all busy enjoying life. The pictures also show the children in the school and their joy and laughter as the dogs invade an area usually off limits.
This will be a perfect back-to-school story to read-aloud to a class, or simply a book for dog lovers of all ages to enjoy together.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. Check out the trailer for the book.