If you're game,
open up the world's wackiest toy chest, where anything and everything
can turn into nonstop, action-packed fun. Once again, Peter Stein's
playful verse and Bob Staake's uproarious illustrations come
together in an explosion of color and whimsy, while imagination
takes center stage as the best toy of all. Toys Galore is one
playground you won't want to miss!
from book (above)
in rhyme celebrates just about every toy imaginable. Small toy,
tall toy,/bouncing-ball toy./Hat toy, shoe toy./Stretchy GOO
toy! Characters done in a cartoon style play with everything
from balls, trucks, and clay to floaty, bubbly,/while-you-wash
toys. The youngsters have ovalheads; big eyes; and faces of red,
green, purple, orange, pink, and yellow; their hair is any color
from black to orange. They play with jump toys! Ride toys!/Slip-and-slide
toys! and a futuristic outer-space car! [or a] Soap Box Derby/homemade
chase car. This catalog goes on for pages and can get a bit tedious.
However, the imaginative illustrations will hold readers' attention.
Staake's detailed artwork is rendered digitally, and each page
has numerous playthings or activities to look at or talk about
with an adult. Children will enjoy discovering and naming items.
The story takes a while to get to the point: that the very best
toy is one's imagination, but the book is suitable as a lead-in
for an art lesson or other creative activities. Pair it with
a classic such as Crocket Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon
or newer works like Barney Saltzberg's Andrew Drew and Drew (Abrams,
2012) for a tribute to the imaginative spirit. Roxanne Burg,
Orange County Public Library, CA
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