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Too Many Toys

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by David Shannon
 

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Spencer has too many toys! His father trips over them, his mother falls over them, and the house is overflowing with junk. Now its time to give some of the mountain of goodies away, but Spencer finds it hard. In the end, he fills a box, but decides the one toy he can't part with is the box!

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Spencer has too many toys! His father trips over them, his mother falls over them, and the house is overflowing with junk. Now its time to give some of the mountain of goodies away, but Spencer finds it hard. In the end, he fills a box, but decides the one toy he can't part with is the box!

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* "A master at capturing the workings of a young mind, Shannon combines realistic dialogue with his boisterous illustrations to create another surefire hit. This book provides a pertinent and appealing read." – School Library Journal (starred review)
"Shannon's sardonic wit will strike a chord with parents and children alike." – Kirkus Reviews

Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year, 2009
Cybils Awards, 2008 Finalist
E.B. White Read Aloud Award, 2009 Honor Book

Publishers Weekly

Even the most unreasonable child will concede that Spencer, Shannon's young hero, has too much of a good thing. But what's a kid to do? The toys just keep coming: from well-wishers, from birthday party hosts, from fast food joints, even from school, where they're rewards "for having lots of Peace Person Points." When his exasperated mother decides to cull the herd, Spencer's not-so-delicate negotiations give Shannon (No, David!) plenty of opportunity to display his flair for kid-friendly expressionism and domestic satire (one of the most annoying toys turns out to belong to dad). But what will ultimately keep kids glued to the page is the sheer breadth and depth of the overflowing inventory. Toys 'R' Spencer is a sight to behold, encompassing the tried-and-true (teddy bears, dump trucks), the spoof (a miniature Titanic) and the flat-out weird (a poultry monstrosity with Alfred E. Newman ears and a propeller head). Warning: do not administer to kids close to Christmas. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)

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Children's Literature - Melissa Stickles
Spencer loves his toys. The problem is that he has too many toys and they are everywhere. His toys cover the floor of his bedroom and spill out into the rest of his house—even out into the backyard. His toys soon become a household hazard. One day Spencer's mom decides that he needs to get rid of some of his toys and put them in a cardboard box. Since every toy is Spencer's favorite, his mom has to help him to choose which toys to put in the box. After a lot of bargaining, they are finally able to fill the box with toys. When Spencer's mom goes to load the box of toys into the car, she finds that Spencer has dumped the toys into a huge pile on the floor. Spencer has decided that the best toy of all is the amazing cardboard box that holds them. The author, David Shannon, effectively intertwines splashes of vibrant color, familiar childhood images and humor to captivate readers both young and old. Shannon has written and illustrated many award-winning picture books that appeal to children and their parents, including the 1999 Caldecott Honor Book No, David! Reviewer: Melissa Stickles
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

In many ways Spencer's situation epitomizes every child's fantasy-he has a toy collection that rivals a major toy store in depth and breadth. Simply cataloging the different types takes many engaging pages overflowing with brightly colored playthings. The problem is that the sheer number of toys has created multiple hazards. Tired of dodging disasters and sidestepping landslides, Spencer's mom decides that enough is enough and begins negotiating the downsizing of inventory. Savvy Spencer turns on the big sad eyes in order to protect his favorites. Mom's troubles do not stop there; the toy debate is weighted in the boy's favor by the constant deluge of gifts from friends and family. After sorting through the entire collection, he and his mother come up with a box of items to give away-only to find that the toy he refuses to part with is the box. A master at capturing the workings of a young mind, Shannon combines realistic dialogue with his boisterous illustrations to create another surefire hit. This book provides a pertinent and appealing read.-Piper Nyman, Brookmeade Elementary School, Nashville, TN

Kirkus Reviews
Spencer owns a multitude of toys: old toys and new ones, big toys and small ones, bath toys, wooden toys, board games, computer games, miniature cars and trucks, musical instruments, stuffed animals and action figures. They are everywhere, including on the floor where his parents can trip on them. One day, Spencer's mom has had enough and announces that some of the toys have to go. Shaken, Spencer cries, "BUT I LOVE THEM ALL!" There's no stopping Spencer's mom, however, who says she will help and proves to be a worthy adversary when Spencer attempts to make deals. Snappy dialogue and an absolutely on-target understanding of the psyches of both mother and child make the negotiation scene absolutely priceless. Will they both make it through the harrowing task before them? The elaborate, child-friendly pictures perfectly capture Spencer's world, zeroing in on the chaos with glee and then pulling back to demonstrate graphically the traumas suffered by both adults and child in the process. Shannon's sardonic wit will strike a chord with parents and children alike. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439490290
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
79,655
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD600L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author


David Shannon is the internationally acclaimed creator of more than thirty picture books, including NO, DAVID!, a Caldecott Honor Book and his second NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Book of the Year. In addition to three more David picture books, Shannon’s bestsellers include TOO MANY TOYS; HOW GEORGIE RADBOURN SAVED BASEBALL (newly released in 2012); A BAD CASE OF STRIPES; DUCK ON A BIKE; ALICE THE FAIRY; and GOOD BOY, FERGUS! A native of Spokane, Washington, he is an avid fisherman. He and his family live in California.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:
October 5, 1960
Place of Birth:
Washington, D. C. (Raised in Spokane, Washington)
Education:
B.A., Art Center College of Design

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Too Many Toys 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
BeagleMommy More than 1 year ago
I'm a teacher of 12 years and a mom with a 4 and 2 year old. I just discovered David Shannon from a graphing activity where we compared his books in our classroom. I instantly fell in love with David Shannon after reading his book Too Many Toys. Since then, my students and I can't seem to get enough of his books. I told my students that I wrote on my Christmas list at home Too Many Toys. A week later I received it as a gift from one of my kiddos. I will cherish this book forever and hope to "upgrade" to a hardcover copy real soon. It's a keeper and a rereader and how many times can you really say that wholeheartedly about a book. If you love to read with expression this is a fun and easy book to go wild with. You will LOVE this book, trust a mommy and a teacher!
MonsterMama More than 1 year ago
This book was offered through Scholastic at my son's school. I almost bought it just because of the title, but remembered that he had B&N giftcards to spend, so... we ordered it here. And boy am I glad we did. The hardcover is excellent for longevity and this book will be around for a long, long time in our house. The title alone caught my eye, because we are living in a house full of "too many toys" as my four year old is an only child. We can relate to the part where everybody gives him gifts all the time. My son is just like 'Spencer' in that he finds something special about each toy he owns, which leads to "I can't part with it!" arguments. I found myself laughing out loud at the mother, since I saw reflections of me - especially in the things she said. One of my two gripes is that Spencer gave in too easily. It wasn't realistic. I think there needed to be more struggle. I also thought there needed to be a part which showed the toys being fixed/recycled and given to other children who didn't have as many toys. (Probably because that's what I'm trying to teach my son.) But still. You can't go wrong with a David Shannon book. He's awesome. And the pictures are great - especially the eyes. They're always just a wee bit crazy. What fun. Anyhow, enjoy!
ShawnSorensen43 More than 1 year ago
A fun, colorful story about extended family members and accumulation. A picture book that boys will especially be excited about, this title is one that parents will want to read again with their kids. It also has a moral - many times the most enjoyable items are ones you make, not buy. Fun doesn't always come in a wrapped box - it comes from our endless imaginations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hilarious story and pictures. My five-year-old boy loves this book and laughs every time we read it because it's so true to life. We are quickly becoming huge fans of David Shannon.
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My 5-year old son loves this book! It's one of his favorites and a must read before bed time.
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