Stanley's Diner

illus. by William Bee. 32p. Peachtree. Sept. 2015. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9781561458028.
PreS-Gr 1—Another addition to the series, Stanley's Diner follows another busy day at the diner, where Stanley and his friend Hattie cook up eggs, pancakes, and even a special cake for Little Woo's birthday. Of course, when the day is done, everything must be cleaned up so Stanley can return home and rest for the evening. Bee's familiar hamster is always on the go and is a jack of all trades. These books are great for building young children's literacy skills, as the text asks engaging questions, leading readers to the answer on the next page. The illustrations are clear and helpful rather than distracting for young readers. Items in the illustrations are clearly labeled, making connections for beginning readers. Stanley's new story line of working in the kitchen will appeal to any preschooler who plays house or pretends to cook.
VERDICT A solid purchase.

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