Stanley's Store

illus. by William Bee. 32p. Peachtree. Mar. 2017. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9781561458684.
Toddler-PreS—Stanley, the industrious hamster, invites readers to his grocery store. In addition to the shoppers, engaging animal characters can be seen behind the counter, distributing food items, creating food displays, and checking out customers. The heavily outlined digital illustrations are sharp and clean, with lots of curved lines, which will make them very inviting for young eyes. This technique adds to the friendly and cheerful mood. Among the more noticeable attributes are the bright and vibrant color palette and many geometric shapes. Children will be able to easily point out squares, circles, and rectangles in the depictions of different grocery items, store fixtures, and character features. Describing each employee's responsibility during a typical shopping day, this story shows how employees in an organization work as a team to enable it to function.
VERDICT A terrific toddler time choice with loads of appeal for Stanley fans and those new to the series.

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