Tommy's Toys

Tommy's Toys

by Linda Hill Griffith, Dick Dudley

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
These hand-sized books use simple pop-ups to support their pro- imagination messages. Each book features a child who plays make-believe with toys, comtemplates a future ca reer, or pretends to be a fairy-tale char acter. Cut-out forms of the children stand in the gutter of each spread, with a new setting popping up around them as each page is turned. This gimmick is different but, as the only thing going for the series, it just isn't enough. Detract ing greatly are the rhyming texts, which are forced and cloying (``As Cinderella/ Sue goes to the ball/ Where she meets the prince,/ Who's handsome and tall''). A degree worse than boring, this writing actually stifles readers' imagination even as it chirps that ``pretend ing is fun to do.'' Colored-pencil illus trations are all cut from the same mediocre molds. Perfect young white children with pointlessly pleasant looks on their faces appear detached from ev erything happening around them. When Ricky Reads is the most cleverly exe cuted: Pinocchio's whale opens wide with a turn of the page; Hansel's ginger bread house has a roof with pop-out peppermint leaves. Even in that book, however, the insulting formulaic verse prevents any magic from developing.-- Liza Bliss, Worcester Pub. Lib., MA

Product Details

Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
Imagination Pop Up Bks.
Product dimensions:
20.00(w) x 20.00(h) x 20.00(d)
Age Range:
4 Years

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