The Marvelous Toy (Imagine Edition)

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A unique offering of a book and CD, recorded by Tom Paxton, and a major publishing event! For nearly half a century, "The Marvelous Toy"--composed by the legendary singer/songwriter Tom Paxton--has enchanted children and adults alike. A simple tale about a mysterious, magical, and mystical toy that a father gives to his son--and that eventually gets passed down to the next generation--it celebrates a child's sense of wonder. The witty, evocative lyrics spark the imagination. No surprise, then, that the song ...
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Overview

A unique offering of a book and CD, recorded by Tom Paxton, and a major publishing event! For nearly half a century, "The Marvelous Toy"--composed by the legendary singer/songwriter Tom Paxton--has enchanted children and adults alike. A simple tale about a mysterious, magical, and mystical toy that a father gives to his son--and that eventually gets passed down to the next generation--it celebrates a child's sense of wonder. The witty, evocative lyrics spark the imagination. No surprise, then, that the song has been recorded by countless major artists, from Peter, Paul, and Mary to the Chad Mitchell Trio to John Denver, and won legions of fans through the years.

Paxton's marvelous song has finally become a stunning picture book--oversized, wonderfully packaged, and complete with a CD offering three songs sung by Tom himself plus a music-only version of "The Marvelous Toy" to sing along with. Featuring incredible and wildly imaginative art by Steve Cox, illustrator of the award-winning PIGS MIGHT FLY, the story is now as amazing to look at as it always has been to listen to.

Parents, grandparents, friends, and family worldwide will remember this classic from their own youth--and joyfully share it with their own children. And just like the boy in the song whose "eyes nearly popped right out of his head," young readers will give "squeals of glee" at the magic of the music, the artwork, and this one-of-kind tale.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The lyrics to Paxton's folksong will be familiar to sing-along fans: “It went zip! when it moved/ And bop! when it stopped/ And whirr! when it stood still./ I never knew just what it was,/ And I guess I never will.” In this picture book adaptation, the boy receives the toy from his father, they enjoy it together, and the boy later passes it on to his own son with similar enthusiasm. Cox's (Stuff!: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) supercharged spreads propel the song into the 21st century. Although the spindly, alien-looking toy is never completely visible, the rainbow-colored protrusions that are shown emit airbrushed beams, while sparks zoom and zip behind it, illuminating the night and leaving a trail of magic in its wake. In contrast to the toy's dramatics, father and son appear quite ordinary; the boy wears a red T-shirt and jeans, the father a shirt and necktie, clearly back from a nine-to-five job. The story's modern setting and the artwork's airbrushed quality may well attract children who wouldn't otherwise hear Paxton's music (four Paxton songs are enclosed on a CD). Ages 3–8. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—In this picture-book version of a popular song, Paxton's lyrics are accompanied by vibrant, modern illustrations to tell the story of a boy who receives a gift from his father. No one knows quite what it is, but that does not diminish its importance. As the song goes, "It went zip! when it moved/And bop! when it stopped/And whirr! when it stood still./I never knew just what it was,/And I guess I never will." The boy grows up and hands the toy down to his son, and it is admired by the pets and other toys as well. The mysterious toy never comes into full view, although a few of its bright lights can always be seen. Illustrations depict a magical haze of greens and blues, while capturing the excitement of the action with splashes of red and yellow. It is clear that the boy owns plenty of toys, but not one can compare to this amazing gadget. The accompanying CD is an enjoyable bonus, providing Paxton's version of the song and an instrumental take. Two additional songs from Paxton are also included. While the story is nostalgic, the energized artwork filled with stardust increases the kid appeal.—Lisa Glasscock, Columbine Public Library, Littleton, CO
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982293928
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Edition description: Book & CD
  • Pages: 26
  • Sales rank: 380,985
  • Age range: 3 months - 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Paxton is one of the world’s best-known and loved singer/songwriters. In 2009, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy (The Grammy® Awards). His newest CD, Comedians & Angels, was also nominated for a Grammy®. Paxton’s influence on folk music has been inestimable: his songs have been recorded by Pete Seeger; Peter, Paul, and Mary; Joan Baez; Arlo Guthrie; and Johnny Cash. His best-known tunes include "The Last Thing on My Mind," "Ramblin' Boy," "Bottle of Wine," and "Goin' to the Zoo." He has been richly honored: he received the ASCAP Lifetime Achievement Award as well as four Grammy nominations, and the Martin Guitar Company even named a guitar after him. He is a true musical treasure.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2011

    Fabulous!

    I bought this book for my preschool children. The CD is excellent and the tune is great. The whole class was singing the song by the end of the week! Give a try! Love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2009

    classic childrens book

    "The Marvelous Toy" stole my heart at the first flip of the page. The books beautifully made, the story going hand-in-hand with the original song...both by Tom Paxon, was fun to share with my little niece. The children's book (including the CD on the back cover page) thrilled her...as I know it will with many other children, and adults for that matter. Definitely a book I'll cherish.

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