#652 – Stanley’s Garage by William Bee

Stanley’s Garage

by William Bee
Peachtree Publishing      9/01/2014
Age 2 to 5         32 pages

“Stanley is working at his garage today. From filling up Hattie’s red sports car with gas to changing the tire on Shamus and Little Woo’s blue car, it sure is a busy day. Stanley knows the best place to buy tires. As his friends each come in with their car problems, Stanley knows just what to do to get them back on the road.”


“This is Stanley’s Garage. Who will drive in today?”

The Story

Stanley the hamster owns a garage and a green tow truck. He spends the day helping his friends. Hattie needs gas in her car, and, like the days of old, Stanley pumps the gas for her. I love her red sports car. Shamu’s car has a flat tire. While Shamu and Little Woo’s car has a flat tire, Charlie’s car is overheated, and Myrtle, in her purple car, needs towed back to Stanley’s garage. All day Stanley fixes auto problems. It’s a lot of work for one day. Stanley, smudged in black oil spots, walks home. He takes a bath, eats his supper, and heads to bed ready for tomorrow. What job will Stanley take on tomorrow? Will he be a chef at his own diner, or maybe the farmer that grows the food?



Young boys will love the Stanley’s Garage. Stanley does a variety of jobs, all to help his friends. Young boys, and some girls, will enjoy Stanley in his new business. In his garage, Stanley works alone, unlike as a builder with Charlie. The illustrations are basic with large, easy to recognize shapes, separated by solid black lines, which help deepen the colors and drawing one’s attention. The colors are basic primary and secondary colors. Kids should be able to recognize each color, and he basic shapes that compose the items in Stanley’s world, if asked.

I love this clean presentation. The white background helps keep the eyes focused on the illustrations. I like watching Stanley helping his friends and I really wish, like Stanley, garages with gas pumps still pumped the gas for customers. What else has changed that kids might recognize? The text is simple with a few complex words related to automobiles. These words are: radiator, overheating, jacks, tow (no, not toe), and oily. Boys and girls will have a new vocabulary to use when playing with their toy cars.


Young children will enjoy learning about the jobs Stanley takes on in this series. Along with building a house and running a garage, Stanley will be a chef in his own cafe, and grow food as a farmer. What other jobs Stanley might take on in the future is anyone’s guess. After reading Stanley’s Garage, young children will wonder why mom and dad pump their own gas. Stanley’s Garage can help prepare for kindergarten, as they learn the colors, shapes, and new words in each story.

The Stanley books are also a great choice for story-time. The illustrations, thanks to those black lines, are easy to see from a short distance. Stanley has more adventures on the way. Young children will eagerly await each new addition. Next, Stanley runs a cafe and then becomes a farmer.


STANLEY’S GARAGE. Text and illustrations copyright © 2014 by William Bee. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Peachtree Publishing.


Purchase Stanley’s Garage at AmazonB&NBook DepositoryPeachtreeyour favorite bookstore.

Stanley’s Collection

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Review is HERE

Learn more about Stanley and his series HERE

Meet the author/illustrator, William Bee, at his website:   http://www.williambee.com/

Check out William Bee’s fantastic blog:  http://williambee.blogspot.com/

Find all of the Stanley series at the Peachtree Publishing website:    http://peachtreepub.blogspot.com/


Also by William Bee

Beware of the Frog

Beware of the Frog



And the Train Goes...

And the Train Goes…

And the Cars Go...

And the Cars Go…

Digger Dog - NEW

Digger Dog – NEW

Migloo’s Day – March 24, 2015

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Copyright © 2014 by Sue Morris/Kid Lit Reviews

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16 thoughts on “#652 – Stanley’s Garage by William Bee

  1. Pingback: #770 – Stanley’s Diner by William Bee | Kid Lit Reviews

  2. This series looks adorable. It reminds me of a Maisy for little boys. Thanks so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday! Hope to see you again next week.


  3. I think my 2 year old would love this too! He loves anything to do with cars! Thanks for sharing at Booknificent Thursday! I just checked to see if my library has it and they do! About to put it on hold to check out! 🙂 Thanks!


    • Stanley is an active little guy. I hope I get a look at the last two books when they release. I like having the complete series.

      So, what is up next for Lobo? A Halloween story this year or maybe a Thanksgiving story? Or how about another Christmas story? Maybe you could go up against your self in December. I know, Lobo celebrates the New Year. How would a wolf do that?


    • Wow. Then your grandson will adore this one. Stanley is very helpful, so grandpa must be, too. Wait, you said great-grandson. Holy moly, that is terrific! I love being a great-ant, I mean aunt.


      • Yes, I step it down too. My husband’s three older kids made me a grandmother six weeks before I become a mother. My husband’s son (grandpa) will love sharing this book with his new grandson.


  4. So much fun! Playing with toy cars is exactly what I thought of, too, Sue. This book will make toy cars even more fun. And BTW – in NJ, Stanley pumping gas makes perfect sense. Our gas station attendants still do that. Thank goodness.


  5. Sue, Looks like a very sweet book for boys. The age range seems a bit on the wide side. Can’t imagine 8 year olds reading this one. More like for ages 2-5.


    • Yep, I think you are right. That is the age group I had thought also, but I went with the press release on this one. I should have followed Erik’s lead and ignored that and aged it at what I thought was appropriate. Thank you! for bringing it to my attention.


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