Toys Come Home: Being the Early Experiences of an Intelligent Stingray, a Brave Buffalo, and a Brand-New Someone Called Plastic

Toys Come Home: Being the Early Experiences of an Intelligent Stingray, a Brave Buffalo, and a Brand-New Someone Called Plastic

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by Emily Jenkins, Paul Zelinsky
     
 

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Fans of acclaimed author Jenkins's and Caldecott Award—winner Zelinsky's Toys Go Out and Toy Dance Party, as well as newcomers, will happily discover how Lumphy, StingRay, and Plastic came to live with the Girl. In six linked adventures, readers will also learn how the one-eared Sheep became one-eared; watch a cranky toy meet an unfortunate end;…  See more details below

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Fans of acclaimed author Jenkins's and Caldecott Award—winner Zelinsky's Toys Go Out and Toy Dance Party, as well as newcomers, will happily discover how Lumphy, StingRay, and Plastic came to live with the Girl. In six linked adventures, readers will also learn how the one-eared Sheep became one-eared; watch a cranky toy meet an unfortunate end; and best of all, learn why it's okay for someone you truly love to puke on you. Here is perhaps the most charming of three inimitably charming books destined to become classics.

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Children's Literature - Leigh Geiger
When StingRay, a new plush toy, arrives in a box, just a little late for The Girl's birthday, he needs to learn to get along with all of her other toys. This may sound like the age-worn anthropomorphic tale of toys that come alive at night, but this is not like any other children's story you've ever read. StingRay deals with the usual problems — will The Girl like me as much as the other toys? Will the other toys like me? But Jenkins quickly moves on to much more existential issues. StingRay learns that not all of the objects are "alive" — only some toys and some bath towels are capable of conversation, others will never rise to this level. After The Girls throws up all over her favorite, but insufferable stuffed walrus, the toy is put in the washing machine with a towel named TukTuk. It is TukTuk who explains that, after coming out of the dryer, "it was n5othing but fluff and scraps. They threw what was left of him in the trash...but he was gone long before it happened." Jenkins doesn't dwell on the death of a favorite toy and she has made him a fairly unsympathetic character so this will not be traumatic for most young children. The story moves on quickly as the author is more interested in entertaining the concept of existence. The new toy, Plastic, who arrives for The Girl's next birthday asks "Why are we here? In this town, on this planet?" StingRay and friends struggle to answer this question, and eventually come up with a very emotionally satisfying answer. Reviewer: Leigh Geiger, Ph.D.
From the Publisher
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2011:
"Life's brutal realities are spotlighted with a gleaming authenticity...Character-driven episodes unfold in six fully realized chapters; Zelinsky's softly shaded pencil drawings showcase pivotal moments, revealing each individual idiosyncrasy...during this eventful year...This enjoyable trio deserves its rightful place away from the confines of any toy chest."

Starred Review, Booklist, September 15, 2011:
"The empathetic characters, gentle drama, and occasional, full-page, black-and-white drawings create a timeless story of adventure and friendship to treasure aloud or independently. Wholly satisfying, this may well leave readers expecting to see the Velveteen Rabbit peeking in the bedroom window and smiling approvingly."

School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—In this follow-up to Toys Go Out (2006) and Toy Dance Party (2008, both Random), readers discover how the toys came to live with the Girl. StingRay arrives as a birthday gift and soon after meets Bobby Dot, a disagreeable stuffed walrus that makes her feel unwelcome. When the Girl becomes ill and vomits on him, Bobby Dot is thoroughly disgusted while StingRay feels it would be an honor to be "puked on" by the Girl. (The author devotes a whole chapter to this episode titled, "You Can Puke on Me.") An attempt to channel a common childhood anxiety about the dark through the toys may have adults answering some questions. StingRay loses her way in the dark (basement) and hears a scary rumbling noise (the clothes dryer); she imagines ghosts that "eat marine animals" or take them and make them slaves or an "axe murderer" who jumps around chopping things. The demise of the unpleasant Bobby Dot (he is accidently shredded in the dryer after the vomit incident) is taken in stride by most of the toys in the Girl's room, but StingRay is thoughtful about how quickly a life can be over. How Sheep came to lose her ear and the arrival of Lumphy and Plastic are also addressed in this story that shines with a message about the value of friendship.—D. Maria LaRocco, Cuyahoga Public Library, Strongsville, OH

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375862007
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/13/2011
Series:
Toys Go Out Series
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
268,552
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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From the Publisher
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2011:
"Life's brutal realities are spotlighted with a gleaming authenticity...Character-driven episodes unfold in six fully realized chapters; Zelinsky's softly shaded pencil drawings showcase pivotal moments, revealing each individual idiosyncrasy...during this eventful year...This enjoyable trio deserves its rightful place away from the confines of any toy chest."

Starred Review, Booklist, September 15, 2011:
"The empathetic characters, gentle drama, and occasional, full-page, black-and-white drawings create a timeless story of adventure and friendship to treasure aloud or independently. Wholly satisfying, this may well leave readers expecting to see the Velveteen Rabbit peeking in the bedroom window and smiling approvingly."

Meet the Author

EMILY JENKINS is the author of Toys Go Out, an ALA Notable Book, and Toy Dance Party, a Kirkus Best Book of 2008. Other books include Sugar Would Not Eat It and the ALA Notable, Five Creatures. Visit her at emilyjenkins.com/kidsbooks.html.

PAUL O. ZELINSKY is one of the most acclaimed artists working today. His recent book, Dust Devil, was a New York Times Notable Book and an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Winner. In addition to illustrating the Toys books, he adapted and illustrated Rapunzel, recipient of the 1998 Caldecott Medal. He was awarded the Caldecott Honor for Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel by Rika Lesser, and Swamp Angel by Anne Isaacs. Visit him at paulozelinsky.com.

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Toys Come Home 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet story!!!! For as long as i can remember, i have always dreamt of having my toys come to life! 5stars! I recomend reading the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is the best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG!!! This was possibly one of the best series I've ever read! I'm soooooooooooooo sad that i have to stop reading! I guess i have to find anotherf book. :)