Flat Stanley is an American children's book series written by Jeff Brown (January 1, 1926 – December 3, 2003).
In the original 1960's publication of the story Stanley Lambchop was run over by a steamroller and survived. The story then goes on with his exploits. However in the 1990's the publication was changed to one where he and his younger brother Arthur are given a big bulletin board by their father to display pictures and posters. He hangs it on the wall over Stanley's bed. During the night the board falls from the wall, flattening Stanley in his sleep. He survives and makes the best of his altered state, and soon he is entering locked rooms by sliding under the door, being rolled up to go out to the park and playing with his younger brother by being used as a kite. One special advantage is that Flat Stanley can now visit his friends in California by being mailed in an envelope. Stanley even helps catch some art museum thieves by posing as a painting on the wall. Eventually, Stanley is tired of being flat and Arthur changes him back to his proper shape with a bicycle pump.
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