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Stuart's Cape Hardcover – October 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 300L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard; 1st edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439301807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439301800
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,740,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Pennypacker's (Dumbstruck) winsomely warped tale introduces eight-year-old, woe-is-me Stuart, whose family has just moved to a new town. The boy feels anxious about many things, including his new house ("What if there were man-eating spiders in his new bedroom closet? Or, a man eating spiders?"); getting locked inside the bathroom of his new school; and the possibility that no one in third grade will want to be his friend. "Stuart was very good at worrying. He was not so good at waiting." Impatient for adventure, Stuart suddenly realizes, "Adventures only happen to people with capes!" He fashions his own by stapling together 100 old ties and the adventures begin. The funniest scenario involves the cape-draped lad's realization that he can fly-but he can't land until his aunt makes a giant slingshot and sends him a pound cake to weigh him down. Most preposterous is the final episode: after Stuart's parents forbid him to wear his superhero gear on school orientation day, his cat falls asleep on his cape and ends up switching identities with the trash collector-but the upshot is realistic (Stuart makes a friend). Matje's (A Pig Named Perrier) pen-and-ink spreads and spot illustrations (a standout shows Stuart racing across the top of a spread, his cape-of-ties sailing behind him) amplify Pennypacker's quirky humor. The wry tone may be lost on some readers, yet others will happily escape with Stuart as he embarks on his confidence-building flights of fancy. Ages 6-9.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4-Stuart is bound and determined to find himself an adventure. Of course, everyone knows that only happens to those who have capes and thus, armed with several old ties, one rusty stapler, and a purple sock, the child creates a magic garment that allows him to fly, to grow toast, and, finally, to make a friend. This zany easy chapter book is also the story of a small boy coping with the fears that accompany a move to a new town (do robbers live next door?) and the start of a new school year (will he be able to find the bathroom?). The story is hilariously descriptive and will appeal to both slower and more proficient readers, and its engaging flow makes for a great read-aloud. Matje's quirky cartoon pencil drawings add to the weird flavor of the book.
Robyn Ryan Vandenbroek, Elgin Court Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I liked the book because I like to imagine stuff too! Once, I imagined I was the best skateboarder. Stuart imagined he was a super hero. He imagined he could fly. He imagined lots of stuff. So, I suggest you read the book for more information.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Liz F. on March 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Stuart's Cape by Sara Pennypacker is a wonderful story about a very imaginative boy. He has many adventures while wearing his cape, from flying because he ate too much light and fluffy angel food cake to growing his favorite food: toast with butter. I liked this story because it showed how imaginative kids can be. It also made me think about using my own imagination. Sara Pennypacker has a great imagination if she can come up with such a funny story. I can't wait to read her next book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Stuart's Cape by Sara Pennypacker is a crazy story! Stuart has a magic cape and he planted toast seeds because he likes toast with butter. The toast grew huge! Everyone in the city was able to eat it. He also played hide and go seek with animals. He has a wild imagination! I liked this story because Stuart has a great imagination. It made me laugh out loud when the cat and the garbage man traded places! The author wrote a fantasy and she wanted us to use our imaginations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I liked Stuart's Cape because he has a big imagination. Stuart needs adventures. But, adventures are only for people who have capes, that's what he says. In this book,Stuart moves to a new place and is worried that no one will be his friend. In the end, Stuart finds many friends in his new home.

Review by Dulce
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I like Stuart's Cape because he always goes for what he wants and he has a wild imagination. I liked it because Stuart is one crazy kid. Because, who would play hide-and-go seek and have a bed made out of toast?!

By Unity
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