Christmas at the Toy Museum

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It?s Christmas Eve at the Toy Museum-and when the lights go out, the magic begins!

One very special Christmas Eve, Bunting and the rest of the toys in the museum are gathered around the tree ? but what?s this? There are no presents! What can they do? The normally reserved Bunting has a wonderful idea. Why don?t the toys give themselves to one another as gifts? The toys learn about the true gift of giving in this gentle and affectionate picture ...

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Overview

It’s Christmas Eve at the Toy Museum-and when the lights go out, the magic begins!

One very special Christmas Eve, Bunting and the rest of the toys in the museum are gathered around the tree — but what’s this? There are no presents! What can they do? The normally reserved Bunting has a wonderful idea. Why don’t the toys give themselves to one another as gifts? The toys learn about the true gift of giving in this gentle and affectionate picture book from one of Britain’s brightest new talents.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
After hours at the toy museum, a menagerie of vintage dolls, animals, and windup toys are dismayed to find no presents for them under the tree. Bunting, a dapperly outfitted toy cat, has the solution: “Friends! Toys! Dolls! Puppets!” he says, “It’s Christmas Eve! Let us not be downhearted! Why don’t we all give one another ourselves?” The toys wrap each other up as presents and quietly wait under the tree until Christmas morning. Lucas’s ink-and-watercolor spreads contrast sharp angles and geometric patterns with the soulful expressions of the heirloom toys, as they joyfully discover that togetherness is the best Christmas gift. Ages 3–up. (Sept.)
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A large format and stylish illustrations in watercolor and ink add to the book’s appeal, with clever touches in both text and illustrations that will beguile both children and adults. A charming tale that adults won’t mind reading over and over.
—Kirkus Reviews online
Children's Literature - Cynthia Levinson
It is Christmas Eve, and the toys—appropriately old-fashioned ones—at the Toy Museum, dash to the tree to find their presents; however there are not any, and the toys are disappointed. Bunting the Cat has an idea: the toys can wrap each other up and give themselves to each other. They love his idea and proceed to wrap each other in boxes and paper until only Bunting, with no one else to wrap him, remains. He jumps into a gift box and waits with all of the other toys for Christmas morning. Meanwhile, the angel—a real angel, not a toy—at the top of the tree frets because she knows what will happen in the morning. After fidgeting all night, just like real children, the toys finally unwrap each other and are delighted with their gifts—all except Bunting, who still does not have one, presumably because there are an odd number of toys. So, the angel flies down and hands him a tiny box, inside of which he finds a wishing star. He wishes for Christmas Day to last forever, which, according to the last line of the book, it does. Readers will find the colorful illustrations of quaint dolls and stuffed animals appealing but they might wonder why there are no games or balls or anything else without arms, legs, and eyes, which are necessary for wrapping. The message of rewarding generosity is lovely, regardless of the season; however, readers might also be confused by the conclusion that Christmas Day is every day. Reviewer: Cynthia Levinson
Kirkus Reviews
A collection of stuffed animals and dolls celebrate Christmas together in a touching way, by wrapping themselves up as presents so that each toy will have a present to open on Christmas morning. This simple but original story, first published in England, presents a collection of antique toys at a museum. The toys are introduced by name on the front endpapers with such charmingly old-fashioned (and very British) names as Banger the Boxer Dog, Winkie the One-Eyed Bear and Wee Scottie the Windup Dog. When Bunting, a stuffed cat, is left without a package, the angel at the top of their Christmas tree flies down to give him a special gift, a tiny golden package with a magical wish inside. The appearance of the angel changes the tone of the story, as the angel changes in color from pale lavender to radiant gold, with swirling rays of light surrounding her. In a satisfying conclusion, Bunting uses his wish to ensure that the spirit of Christmas will never end. A large format and stylish illustrations in watercolor and ink add to the book's appeal, with clever touches in both text and illustrations that will beguile both children and adults. A charming tale that adults won't mind reading over and over. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763658687
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,017,825
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.70 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

David Lucas has written and illustrative several books for children and was named a Booktrust Best New Illustrator. He lives in London.
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