Reviews for Would the real Stanley Carrot please stand up?

Author: Stevens, Rob
ISBN: 9781783442287

Stanley ‘Carrot’ Harris is thirteen, ginger, tubby and definitely not cool. He is adopted, which he tries to keep secret, and this makes him feel like he has never quite fitted in and insecure. On his thirteenth birthday, he receives a card from his long-lost birth mother, asking to meet up. Stanley isn't sure: what if he's a big disappointment to her? So he hatches a plan - and he's going to need a stand-in Stanley, someone who is handsome, sporty and God's Gift to Mothers. However, it makes him more confused. Great writing which is accessible, heart-warming and funny. It’s about the trials that a young boy goes through in trying to grow up. Realistic characters and you can empathise with Stanley totally. The story is told from Stanley’s point of view and gives a believable insight into the issues facing a young teenager, particularly if he doesn’t fit in with the rest of the crowd. A serious topic but dealt with in a light-hearted way and with the odd swear word. NB : 13-year-old Stanley receives a birthday card from his birth mother and arranges to meet her without telling his parents of what he is doing.

This book is one of the 6 shortlisted titles.

Reviews from Pupils

This book is rated 5 star

I thought it was very funny and very enjoyable to read. I thought that the main subject of the story was shown clearly at the beginning of the book so it wasn't as confusing later on in the book. I also thought that it was clever how Stanley was doing things behind his adoptive mum's back, and he thought she would be mad but she actually wasn't. Overall I thought it was a very good book and I will definitely come back to it.

Review by Sophie - Ashfield School and Technology College
This book is rated 3 star

I did like the book and I think that the book was very inspiring. At times in the book I did not really enjoy it.

Review by Krishani - Fernwood School
This book is rated 1 star

I found Stanley Carrot kind of interesting because some of the characters were believable. But I found it took a while to get into the gist of the story.

Review by Michaela - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

The book was well built and I felt I knew the characters well. The author Rob Stevens explained each character in detail. My favourite part was when he received the letter from his long-lost mother on his 13th birthday. I liked this bit because it was emotional and deep. I give this a 4 star because sometimes it got boring and I wanted to put the book down.

Review by Leah - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

The book was alright, the characters were realistic, the story was quite emotional, however it wasn't as funny as it claimed to be.

Review by Caitlin - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

The book was really interesting. I really enjoyed it because the action started straight away. I thought the plot of the story was really good. I would recommend it to someone who is my age and to some of my friends.

Review by Evie - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I thought the book had a bit of a plot twist nearer the end. I really enjoyed the book and it was a lot of fun to read because the book was interesting and had some sad bits that made me angry. I would recommend this book to some of my friends.

Review by Lois - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

I felt connected with the story line and I felt that I understand what Stanley was going through. If they brought a new book out I would want to read it. I would recommend this to my friends and family because I feel like they would enjoy it.

Review by Lewis - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I liked this book because it was interesting finding out about how Stanley is an orphan and about his real mum. I also felt connected to the story. I'd recommend this for people that like real life stories.

Review by Carter - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

A boy with a very confusing situation ahead of him. Stanley Carrot (also known as Stanley Harris) is an under average boy with nothing special about him...so he thinks. One day a special letter arrives that he has been expecting for 13 years, which turned his plain, normal, boring days into something which of confusing and mostly different from his usual. This is probably one of the best books I have ever read and has its own special part in my head where I can remember how much I liked it. It may be quite confusing at first but the thrill over takes you and so does the humour. If I could read this book again I definitely would and I would recommend to people around my age. It was a great pleasure to read something like this because what the author has done to this book is very unique!

Review by Katie - Ashfield School and Technology College
This book is rated 5 star

I thought that this was a great read. I felt like I could relate to Stanley in a way because he never gets picked to go on teams in PE. This is why he was my favourite character. However, the fact that he got someone else to meet his biological mother made me very angry. There was even a point when I literally said out loud to the book: 'What are you doing?' I found it quite heart-warming when Brandon was being nice to Stanley when they were at the skate park. It showed you that people can be nicer without their friends. I felt like I was connecting with Stanley. When he was on stage, I was cheering him on out loud. I thought the relationship between Stanley and Emma was really nice and I felt really happy for him!

Review by Maria - Colonel Frank Seely Comprehensive School
This book is rated 5 star

I really really liked this book. It was very funny, real and had lots of awkward moments in it. I like how it is almost impossible to guess how the story will end. It has lots of twists in the storyline and funny and sad moments.

Review by Anna - Ashfield School and Technology College
This book is rated 4 star

I really enjoyed this book! This book is really good because it makes you realise you are perfect no matter what. I really like Chloe because she is cool, but also cares for Stanley.

Review by Bethany - Minster School
This book is rated 4 star

The book had a great storyline but it had a very slow start. The book wasn't 'laugh out loud funny' as it says on the cover but overall it was a good book.

Review by Ava - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I liked this book because the characters were believable; mainly Chloe, because she was always on her phone which is like modern day. I really liked the fact they added his rap at the end as well as adding almost the same ending as the start (just adding 14 instead of 13 and he says he is happy). I wish it could have said more about how close he got to Aggie and Brandon.

Review by Sophia - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I liked this book because you felt like you were connected to the story since it was set in modern day times, since they used phones. Though it did have a slow start.

Review by Isabelle - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I loved the real Stanley Carrot because the characters were people you could believe existed. The ending with Stanley and his Mum both getting someone to fill in for them was also great. Laugh out load funny has never been more true.

Review by Harry - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

I thought the book was great because I felt connected to the story but it could have been funnier.

Review by Nyles - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I liked this book a lot. Even though the book started off slowly, it built up tension for a great and unexpected ending that I really enjoyed.

Review by Toby - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

I enjoyed this book as it was very funny, and my favourite part was at the start of the book when he rides his bike to school and manages to be cool. I also love Chloe.

Review by Zoe - Minster School
This book is rated 4 star

This book is really good! I liked the fact that it was based on Stanley finding his real mum.

Review by Joe - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

I liked the book because it was quite unpredictable and exciting. I was surprised when I found out that Stanley's real mother was Isabella. Also I was really happy with the ending.

Review by Vinay - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

I did not like the book because it was very confusing and it was hard to understand what was happening but the ending was good.

Review by Cameron - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I like when Stanley made someone else fill in so his mum wouldn't be disappointed in him. But it turns out to be his foster mum all along.

Review by Paige - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

It was quick and easy to read. The story was quite simple. I managed to read a lot of pages in a small amount of time. I felt sorry for Stanley because people didn't like him.

Review by Lauren - John Port School
This book is rated 4 star

I really like this book, it teaches you some important life lessons. It also really knows what our life is like and explains what goes through our head every second of the day. It is about an adopted boy who doesn't believe in himself and doesn't think he is good enough. Then when he receives a letter from his real mother on his birthday everything changes. When you start you won't want to put it down - it reveals important parts of the story every second. I would recommend this book to teenagers because it sums up what we go through every day.

Review by Frankie - Minster School
This book is rated 5 star

Stanley is an adopted child who does not remember who his mother is. However, on his 13th birthday he gets a letter from his biological mother. I thought this book included many emotions which made you connect with the book.

Review by Jo - Minster School
This book is rated 2 star

I didn't really enjoy this book as much as the others because of the jokes in it and the title was another thing that out me off. However I did quite enjoy the characters in it and that Emma was Isabella. I thought the plot was good, especially at the auditions

Review by Leah - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I really liked this book because the characters were really bold, interesting and believable. I thought that the best bit was when Stanley went and listened to what 'Emma' and Jack where saying.

Review by Isabelle - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I liked this book because the characters were interesting and made the plot full of twists and turns. Also the sense that it's believable makes it even better. For example. he's an orphan and wants to find his biological mum.

Review by Megan - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

This book was like an everyday 'get on with it' kind of book. It's not very dramatic but it's adventurous which makes you want to read it. I liked it when Stanley went to Luigi's.

Review by Dylan - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

It was a really believable story because it had a real-life shop in it and the school was very good as it had a GCSE test that was very real. I really liked the whole story.

Review by Destiny - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I liked the book because it had a good plot with lots of twists. My favourite twist was when Stanley decided to enter the talent show. I didn't get bored when reading it either. I recommend you read it.

Review by Gabriel - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

It's not my type of book but I did like the ending because he met his real mother and everyone enjoyed his rap.

Review by Caliph - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I liked the book because it had a good plot with lots of twists. My favourite twist was when Stanley decided to enter the talent show. I didn't get bored when reading it either. I recommend it!

Review by Gabriel - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I really liked this book because the storyline was quite believable. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes humor and a bit of tension.

Review by Molly - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I love this book is fun and enjoyable when you start reading you will want to read more. My favourite character is Stanley.

Review by Sonu - Ellis Guilford School
This book is rated 5 star

I really enjoyed this book, although the plot was quite predictable I couldn't pull myself away! It will have inspired people who aren't so popular like Stanley to come out of their shell and be confident. It brought a tear to my eye after he'd finished the talent show and was finally proud of himself. The title however doesn't particularly match the storyline. Overall a brilliant read - I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Review by Katie - The Kimberley School
This book is rated 4 star

I enjoyed reading this book and I found myself cheering for Stanley. Lots of people can connect and relate to Stanley which lots of other books don't have. Overall, it was a good read.

Review by Elizabeth - The Kimberley School
This book is rated 1 star

The book was boring and predictable. From the start I knew who his real Mum was and what would happen. It's OK, although the title has little to do with the actual story.

Review by Ella - Minster School
This book is rated 5 star

I enjoyed reading this because I can relate to Stanley, as he's not popular in school. Also, he is always making mistakes.

Review by Georgia - Minster School
This book is rated 4 star

I found this book quite interesting on the whole, and funny in places. My favourite character was Aggie Macey, as even though she was much more popular than him, she choses to work with him as she thought he had more talent than everyone else. I think that his parents were much more caring towards Bruno, but as the story went on, they became more loving towards Stanley and accepted that although he wasn't good at football; he was good at other things: rapping and poetry. When Emma and Mrs Harris met for the first time, I think that it was very sweet how Mrs Harris offered for her to go out with them for a meal. In conclusion, I really enjoyed this book.

Review by Angelina - Becket School
This book is rated 2 star

This book was amazing! I feel that it is because it really connected with me and my life. It also proves that this kind of life style and story line is alot more common than thought. My favourite part was when he found his real mum and the description of his emotions at that moment proved so true. Happy, sad, angry, anxiety; these are all emotions that run in the viens of life and this book.

Review by Caitlin - Queen Elizabeth's Academy
This book is rated 4 star

My favourite character is Bruno because he reminds me of my cousin.

Review by Alison - Minster School
This book is rated 2 star

I enjoyed the book a bit. The book made the impression of chatty and not very formal. It was different to the others I had read but I liked it a bit more.

Review by Alice - Minster School
This book is rated 2 star

Stanley Carrot was an all round good book. I really like the plot twist at the end. I would recommend this book to 10 to 13 year old. The title of the book is a rhetorical question making it an intriguing good title. My overall view of the book is 2 thumbs up!

Review by Sophie - Carlton Le Willows Academy
This book is rated 5 star

I really liked your book. I could not stop reading it. I'm only half way through. I can't wait to read the rest of your book. I loved the book name, I guess you thought of the name and of Stanley's hair. I think this book should should be rated two stars. The first part of the book is really good

Review by Reece - Carlton Le Willows Academy
This book is rated 4 star

This book is a very good book due to the fact it is relatable and realistic which is uncommon in other books.Even though Stanley is a fictional character he is really easy to relate to. I found this book so different to the cover and it is very intriguing and would totally recommend this for an older reader.

Review by Nesha - The Kimberley School
This book is rated 4 star

I would recommend this book to people who like realistic books. My favourite character was the mum because she was very caring and is an ideal mum.

Review by Olivia - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I really enjoyed Stanley Carrot. I was really happy with the ending. All the plot twists were very mysterious and kept me interested, though they were sometimes a bit confusing. My favourite character was Isabella because she was very caring and I felt like I was in her shoes throughout the book.

Review by Poppy - Chilwell School
This book is rated 1 star

The book is not interesting, it doesn't grab your attention, I don't get why it's funny and Stanley is an annoying character. All of which will make you lose interest in the book. Very disappointed!

Review by Frankie - Chilwell School
This book is rated 1 star

I didn't understand Stanley's personality. It wasn't funny and didn't have any suspense.

Review by Joseph - Chilwell School
This book is rated 1 star

This book has a slow plot and was tedious. I also did not enjoy this book because I did not like the characters.

Review by Louis - Chilwell School
This book is rated 1 star

I really didn't enjoy this book. The reasons were because none of the characters seemed to relate to me and the book felt as if it never really began. The only upside to this book was the humour at the end. I won't read this book again!

Review by Tegan - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

I liked the storyline because it was believable, but I also found it confusing as there were too many characters.

Review by Thomas - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I liked the book because of the problems Stanley faces. The story is full of ups and downs. The ending could be better. I recommend this book to anyone who likes reading about people's lives.

Review by Abhishek - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

I really enjoyed this book. It is about a boy called Stanley but everyone called him Stanley Carrot because of his orange hair.On his birthday he receives a letter from his real mum asking is they can meet up. Stanley didn't want to be a big disappointment for her so he decides to bring in a fake with the help of his cousin Chloe. At their meeting, the real Stanley eaves-dropped and met a women called Isabelle. The boy they chose (Jack),invited himself to the new theme-park and bribed her to get him things. Stanley then meets Isabella again and he suspected that she is his mum. Meanwhile, Stanley had been asked to perform at the school talent show. With his cousin's friend, he does a rap. At the talent show, his real mum , Isabella, turns up. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes books that have a theme you can relate to and are funny.

Review by Ana - Becket School
This book is rated 3 star

This book is about a 13 year old adopted boy called Stanley but everyone calls him Stanley Carrot because of his ginger hair. He is bullied at school and he feels his 7 year old brother Bruno, the real son of his adoptive parents gets all the attention at home. When on his birthday he gets a card from his real mum he wants to make her sorry she left him. He decides to do this by hiring a 'cool' fake him. His cousin Chloe helps him choose an arrogant boy called Jack. Jack meets Emma Stanley's mum in a restaurant. Stanley eavesdrops and then makes friends with a waitress called Isabella. Jack then uses Emma to take him to a theme-park against Stanley's wishes. Stanley has also promised his teacher he will read a poem in the school talent show. Chloe his cousin's new best friend offers to do the talent contest with him, her singing and playing the piano and him rapping . Stanley agrees. Meanwhile Jack is blackmailing Emma into buying him lots of stuff. Feeling hurt Stanley meets Isabella and he becomes suspicious that she is his mum not Emma. Finally the day of the talent contest comes and it is revealed that Isabella is his mum. I thought this book was quite good but I found it a bit boring. I liked how secretive the book was as both mother and son sent a fake in their place. It was quite exciting watching the events unfold until right at the end, the truth was revealed. I would recommend this book to someone who enjoys secretive books.

Review by Mara - Becket School
This book is rated 3 star

It was very well written, but the ending was very predictable (as they usually are with that kind of genre) but it was still a very nice and simple book to read.

Review by Beth - John Port School
This book is rated 3 star

I thought the book was good - I liked the plot, it had a lot of twists. My favourite character is Aggie Macey. She may be the coolest girl in school but she understands Stanley better than most other people

Review by India - Minster School
This book is rated 4 star

It was a good book because it included all the real life events which happen in your life however the problem with this book was that the events which occurred were a coincidence. Overall the book was very interesting and drove me into reading more of the Brilliant Book Award books. I suggest this book for someone around the age of 8-13 because some of the events are a bit boring and others are very interesting.

Review by Tess - Alderman White School
This book is rated 3 star

I enjoyed this book, and liked Chloe the best. It wasn't too bad at the start but it got better towards the end.

Review by Abigail - Minster School
This book is rated 4 star

I enjoyed the book - it was nothing like I expected and I loved Isabella/Emma.

Review by Cassidy - Minster School
This book is rated 5 star

The book was impossible to put down. It's hilarious attitude to life and the challenges Stanley faced evoked many laugh out loud moments. This story is extremely relatable to most teens in some way or another, providing yet another reason for this book to so intriguing and entertaining to our age group. A brilliant book with so much potential to go further. I would definitely read a sequel focusing on Aggie or Chloe's story.

Review by Claire - The Kimberley School
This book is rated 5 star

I would really recommend 'Would the real Stanley carrot please stand up' to anyone that wants a good book to read! It is a fusion of comedy and sadness (something you wouldn't expect from the title). A definite must read!!!!!

Review by Mia - Fernwood School
This book is rated 3 star

I quite enjoyed 'Stanley Carrot'. It wasn't the most exciting book but it wasn't awful either. I like Stanley because he's a bit like me, enjoying poetry instead of skateboarding. I thought the plot got a little bit confusing towards the end but it worked itself out. My favourite character was Chloe because although she acted really cool, inside she was really soft, helpful and nice. She loved Stanley even with his ginger hair and lack of popularity. I also liked Aggie for these same reasons. I wouldn't recommend 'Stanley Carrot', but I did enjoy it.

Review by Molly - Minster School
This book is rated 4 star

I thought this book was pretty good. The characters were fairly realistic so it made sense. There were some parts where something unexpected happens so I guess that made it a bit more exciting. The best bit was probably when they're interviewing people because it was a little bit funny kind of. I think though that the author changed their mind about the story too much because they were always changing parts of the story.

Review by Hatim - Bramcote Park Business and Enterprise School
This book is rated 3 star

I really enjoyed how Stanley and Emma both made the same mistake.

Review by Emma - Minster School
This book is rated 3 star

The book was alright, although with all the plot twists it is very confusing. It has an interesting plot, but got more confusing as it went on as it kept changing the story and point of view.

Review by Mia - Chilwell School
This book is rated 1 star

It was very slow and took a while for me to understand the story. It got more confusing later on in the book because it jumped from story to story.

Review by Caleb - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I think the book is quite sad but it is funny and a good story. I don't like books like this but it is a good story.

Review by Nataniel - Chilwell School
This book is rated 2 star

It was very slow and took a while for me to understand the story. It got more confusing later on in the book because it jumped from story to story.

Review by Caleb - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I think the book is quite sad but it is funny and a good story. I don't like books like this but it is a good story.

Review by Nataniel - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

The real Stanley Carrot was a really interesting book. The story was full of twists and turns and was full of different characters. Even though it was a good tale, I felt that it did not grasp me. It could have been better.

Review by Ruby - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

I think it was very good because it was dramatic and there was lots of secrets revealed. I didn't really like the part where Stanley had arguments with his parents.

Review by Holly - Minster School
This book is rated 3 star

I liked this book because it wasn't just the story of a normal boy, it was about a boy that got adopted. Which you don't normally have. It really drew me in and I didn't want to stop reading it, I wish I had longer to read it because I didn't get to finish it. Hopefully I can read it another time.

Review by Danielle - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I enjoyed the book very much because the genre was funny but also an emotional and mystery book. I felt connected to the story as it gave a lot of detail about the characters and the setting. Even though it hasn't actually happened, the characters seem to be real as he faces challenges that other people may face. However, I wish the book could be slightly longer.

Review by Kylie - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

The book was good. I enjoyed learning about Stanley's life. There were lots of ups and downs and roller-coaster rides. I would recommend this book to people who like reading books that are funny and about fictional character's lives.

Review by Evie - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I enjoyed the book as it had a satisfying ending with a plot that heads off in unexpected directions. It's also a story about relationships (no romance), regarding our hero Stanley Carrot and the people close to him. Overall it is a good book and I would recommend reading it.

Review by Zhenguo - Minster School
This book is rated 4 star

At first, I wasn't that keen on reading this, as the blurb sounded like it was going to be a Jacqueline Wilson style book. However, when I read it, I changed my mind a bit. In the first line, I loved how they described Stanley blowing out his candles: 'thin ribbons of smoke.' I really liked the characters and my favourite was Stanley's cousin, Chloe. However, I disliked the main character, Stanley, himself, because I felt like he made really stupid decisions. I also disliked his attitude towards people; he was a bit rude to be honest. However, there is great character development and the plotline is really good with plenty of twists which sent shivers down my spine (literally)! One thing I would change about this book is that I would make it longer, as I thought the storyline was a bit rushed.

Review by Isobel - Colonel Frank Seely Comprehensive School
This book is rated 4 star

When Stanley’s birth mother at long last makes contact with him, a whirl of thoughts hit him: ‘Why did she leave me? Why did it take so long for her to contact me? What if I’m not good enough?’ Acting on a whim, Stanley rashly decides to have a stand-in for the first meeting with his mother, but this leads to a whole lot of unwanted chaos and an extra dollop of unexpected plots as well. For most of this book I quite enjoyed it because it was interesting and the author had empathised well. At other points I thought Stanley was maybe a bit over-paranoid but maybe that’s because I’ve never been put in the same situation as Stanley. Overall, though, I thought the book was quite good but could be better. The reason why I rated this book ‘very good’ was because of the very unexpected ending. My favourite part is quite near the end when Stanley is putting the final pieces of the jigsaw together in the restaurant and realises the truth. My favourite character is Chloe (Stanley’s cousin) because she is such a stereotypical teenager, yet has a kind and generous streak as well. I would recommend this book for absolutely anybody of any age or gender because the genre is relatively neutral. Most of the book is based around family life as well, so it is perhaps of more interest to those of you who enjoy reading about families. Also, you will not have to be a competent reader because the book is stand-alone, quite short and the vocabulary is rather easy as well.

Review by Ei - Minster School
This book is rated 4 star

This book put a spell on me. I kept on reading but I felt sometimes that the book was a bit boring. However, overall I think it was very good.

Review by Liza - Minster School