Vivian French has written many acclaimed books for children, including the first book to feature Stanley, A PRESENT FOR MOM. She says, "Dana (and I think she's so clever!) has drawn Stanley to look exactly like my cat, Louis. But he talks and thinks like my daughter Nancy. She's the youngest of four, just like Stanley, and she says it doesn't make life easy!" Vivian French lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Dana Kubick has designed everything from greeting cards to teddy-bear-shaped ice-cream cones. Her work has been widely exhibited, and she has illustrated a number of children's books, including A PRESENT FOR MOM. She says, "I fell in love with Stanley and nearly expected him to appear around the corner of my drawing table. My friends would ask after him as if he were the newest member of our family. I think, in a way, he is." Dana Kubick lives in London.
PreS-Gr 2-Stanley, the adorable star of A Present for Mom (Candlewick, 2002), returns in this loving story about a feline family. Grandpa is visiting for the weekend, so when Mom leaves for work, he stays to look after the rather active kittens. The older siblings draft him into playing soccer, jumping rope, and bouncing on a large ball, but his strengths do not lie in these areas. After Grandpa sits down with a tired sigh, Stanley, the youngest, snuggles close and sings a soothing tune about his love for his grandfather. Before long, the whole group dozes off. Later, a newly refreshed Grandpa takes everyone to the playground. Complete with black-and-white family "photos" scattered across the endpapers, the exuberant cartoon illustrations work perfectly with the endearing text. A delightful choice for reading aloud or for family sharing.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.