It's Only Stanley by Jon Agee Book Review

It's Only Stanley by Jon Agee
Publisher: Dial Books
Release Date: March 17, 2015

There are some strange noises happening around the Wimbledon house. Upon inspection though, the family finds that "It's only Stanley," doing various repairs around the house. Odd for the middle of the night, but more off because Stanley is a dog. What the family is unaware of is that all of Stanley's fixes are really in preparation for the creation of a rocket ship to whisk them all to outer space.

Written in verse, this rhyming picture book has a great narrative arc that is part mystery and part comedy. Stanley is clearly up to something, but his family's lackadaisical approach to their dog making repairs around the house is worthy of a few giggles. The illustrations are spot on with small asides like the family cat's continuous injuries, the wordless spreads, and fantastic surprise ending.