Mandy Stanley was born in Lowestoft, Suffolk. She attended Great Yarmouth College of Art and Design and then went on to do a fashion degree in Nottingham. Mandy has won awards for her soft toy designs and has also worked as a children's clothes designer. She has now turned her attentions to children's book illustration and previous titles include Lettice Rabbit and Bloomer.
PreS-K-Lettice has big dreams. One day, the little rabbit is wishing that she could fly when down from the sky comes a small pink airplane. She hops in and goes for an exhilarating and terrifying ride, ending up far away from her burrow. All ends well, however, thanks to the little girl who owns the battery-powered plane, and Lettice returns to her family a big hero. She muses, "Sometimes you really can make a dream come true." The soft pastel illustrations depict the bunny's world with verve. She is a lovable heroine with an expressive face and lots of bounce. This is a good read-aloud for one child or many, with the added attraction of an essential life lesson as well.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Reviews for 'Lettice the Dancing Rabbit' include: "This engaging debut picture book shows a considerable flair for observation and chacterisation. There is a great feeling of vibrancy and joy in this little story. Stanley's rather '50s style gives a delicious flavour to this very 'girly' book with its pink gingham endpapers and spot glitter cover." Books for Keeps "A delight for girls aged three to six." Evening Express
The little rabbit with big dreams returns in Lettice, the Flying Rabbit by Mandy Stanley. After watching a bird in flight, Lettice decides to test her own flying abilities ("She flapped her arms,/ she flapped her ears./ She even flapped her/ whiskers and tail, but/ nothing seemed to work"). With the help of a small pink airplane, she finally achieves her goal. Exuberant spot illustrations highlight her persistent efforts, and the breezy narration makes this an enjoyable tale. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.