Stanley Wells is an ordinary boy, who happens to be quite curious. His friends are the mysterious Dr Moon and his canine companion Morcambe. Together they seem to stumble upon strange happenings and trip over mysteries that just need solving...
Stanley is sleeping in the caravan at the bottom of the garden of his new house. He awakes at the sound of an odd whooooomphing noise and goes to investigate. There appear to be new trees in the garden... very odd. And now his mum and the twins are missing - could these things be connected. And what about Jim, the old man who lives in the woods with his parrot telling tales of the sea? Could he be involved somehow. Dr Moon is the only person who can help Stanley with this puzzle and luckily he's on his way...
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This is a fast-moving story which made me laugh. It also has good illustrations by the author - Independent
A most attractively produced book. The illustrations wander over the page and assist the reader to progress with increasing confidence through the book - Carousel
An ingenious mystery involving tins of soup - or are they? . . . This quirky story is beautifully illustrated and will appeal to children of seven and above - Daily Telegraph
Beautifully atmospheric, the trees whispering and waving in the golden and green light, with lively, eccentric illustrations of a cheeky-looking, rotund Stanley and the bizarre Dr Moon, this has the feel of a classic children's tale, whilst having its own ebullient originality - Literary Review
Stanley's adventures are thoroughly absorbing and enjoyable, and the sympathetic illustrations will encourage slightly less confident readers - The School Librarian
Joel Stewart grew up in Sheffield after spending his earliest years in a commune in the wilds somewhere near Barnsley. He obtained a first class Honours degree in illustration from Falmouth College of Arts and was already working on his first picture book, The Adventures of a Nose, before he graduated. He plays the banjo and button accordion and likes to draw while watching films, especially ones he's seen before. Other titles illustrated by Joel Stewart include Dexter Bexley, Jabberwocky (Walker Books), Tales of Hans Christian Andersen (Walker Books) and Me and My Mammouth (Macmillan).