Stanley is flat. This brings a unique situation for him to deal with and I feel that the reader is drawn into this by humanness of having to deal with something that is the norm. Stanley doesn't like it but he eventually comes to accept it and uses his uniqueness to his advantage when he has to rescue a little girl. This allows him to embrace what is his own and still be okay. I really liked this book because I feel it's something a child can relate to when they feel there is something that child may have that isn't unique or normal, per say. We all have unique qualities one way or another and I feel this is very well written in that content. The illustrations were very colorful and bright and I also liked that because it also drew you into what you were reading and made the reading seem real. I would definitely use this book with older children, say from 3rd grade and up. I think it would be excellent for social studies, english, and possibly even for art. I also like it for use that includes boys. Boys can have stories, too.