Toy Time!: From Hula Hoops to He-Man to Hungry Hungry Hippos: A Look Back at the Most- Beloved Toys of Decades Past

Toy Time!: From Hula Hoops to He-Man to Hungry Hungry Hippos: A Look Back at the Most- Beloved Toys of Decades Past

by Christopher Byrne
     
 

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What was your favorite childhood toy?

Do you have fond memories of fighting unseen enemies with your G.I. Joe action figures, demolishing fleets of vehicles with your Tonka Toy Trucks, or Karate-chopping imaginary street thugs with your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?  

What about carefree summer afternoons counting ticks on your

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What was your favorite childhood toy?

Do you have fond memories of fighting unseen enemies with your G.I. Joe action figures, demolishing fleets of vehicles with your Tonka Toy Trucks, or Karate-chopping imaginary street thugs with your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?  

What about carefree summer afternoons counting ticks on your Skip-It, scooting around the neighborhood on your Big Wheel, or soaring down your backyard  Slip 'n Slide?

Still a little bitter that your parents never let you have a  Nerf Super Soaker, or a Barbie Dream House?

Did you prefer to unleash your inner artist with your Etch a Sketch, or your inner chef with your Easy-Bake Oven? D

id you like to challenge your friends to  a rousing game of Mousetrap, or did you prefer to get tied up in knots over a round of Twister?

In Toy Time! you’ll be reunited with all these classic toys and more.  No matter when you grew up, or what types of play ignited your imagination, Toy Time! will take you on a journey of rediscovery, allowing you to relive those carefree, innocent, and fun-filled days of childhood.

Charming, playful, and full of photos of vintage toys, Toy Time! is an exploration and celebration of the toys that roused our imaginations, shaped our memories, and touched our lives.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
09/15/2013
Who doesn't love toys? Byrne (content director, TimetoPlayMag.com), an industry insider known as "the Toy Guy," profiles over 100 toys here, categorized by type, such as dolls, outdoor toys, those traditionally for boys, those needing batteries, and classics. Covering a span of several decades beginning in the 1950s, Byrne gives each toy at least two illustrated pages, explaining "Why We Loved It" (and in some cases also "Why We Hated It") and "Where Is It Now?" His discussion places each toy in the context of its time, showing why it was popular. The book is studded with fun facts (e.g., a 2008 study at Yale found that the scent of Crayola crayons is one of the most recognizable to Americans), and the information on the current production and variations of these toys is useful. For instance, the game "Simon" is now available as an app and as an online multiplayer challenger. Other toys turn out to have been one-hit wonders. VERDICT Not a comprehensive handbook or collectors' price guide, this is, says Byrne, "an exploration—and a celebration—of the almost magical effect toys have had on us individually and as a culture." Guaranteed to bring a smile to most faces, especially baby boomers' and Gen Xers'; for all toy lovers and nostalgia buffs.—Holly Hebert, Brentwood P.L., TN

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385349123
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/08/2013
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
713,056
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.47(d)

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