Flat Stanley discussion guide

Author: Jeff Brown

Illustrator: Scott Nash

Publisher: Egmont

Suggested Year Group:  Three


The classic adventures of everybody's favourite flat boy - It's Jeff Brown's Flat Stanley. Stanley Lambchop is an ordinary boy with an extraordinary problem. One night, a giant pinboard falls on top of him leaving him completely flat. At first, Stanley enjoys the benefits of his strange predicament - it can be fun going in out of rooms simply by sliding under the door. And it's a hoot being posted to your friends in California for a holiday. But it's not always easy being different, and, once the novelty begins to wear off, Stanley wishes he could be just like everybody else again.

Rationale for Selection

Flat Stanley is a classic story which deals with issues that are still relevant today. How people react to Stanley being different and how he feels about being flat make for interesting discussions in guided reading sessions.

Points for Discussion:

Before Reading

  • What could you do if you were flat?
  • What could you not do?
  • Can you think of any dangerous situations you could face?

During Reading:

Chapter One

How does Stanley feel when he finds out that he is flat?

  • P4 – is there anything that you find surprising in this chapter? (would your parents want to eat breakfast before going to the doctor if this had happened to you?)
  • How do you think your parents would react if they found you flat?

Chapter 2

  • What do the policemen mean when they say they have 'caught a cuckoo'?
  • What do the people watching think when they see Stanley being pulled up through the drain? (15)


P38 – What do you think Stanley’s plan will be?

P40 – Why is Stanley’s idea of a disguise no good? 


After Reading:

  • Make a list of the good and bad things about being flat.
  • How do Stanley’s feelings about being flat change during the story?
  • Why do you think Arthur is jealous of Stanley when he becomes flat?


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