Toys Galoreby Peter Stein, Bob Staake
If you’re game, open up the world’s wackiest toy chest, where anything and everything can turn into nonstop, action-packed fun. Once again, Peter Stein’s playful verse and Bob Staake’s uproarious illustrations come together/b>
Look out below! Let your creativity soar as toys of all shapes and sizes squeak, zip, and whirl across the page.
If you’re game, open up the world’s wackiest toy chest, where anything and everything can turn into nonstop, action-packed fun. Once again, Peter Stein’s playful verse and Bob Staake’s uproarious illustrations come together in an explosion of color and whimsy, while imagination takes center stage as the best toy of all. Toys Galore is one playground you won’t want to miss!
PreS-Gr 2—This story in rhyme celebrates just about every toy imaginable. "Small toy, tall toy,/bouncing-ball toy./Hat toy, shoe toy./Stretchy GOO toy!" Characters done in a cartoon style play with everything from balls, trucks, and clay to "floaty, bubbly,/while-you-wash toys." The youngsters have ovalheads; big eyes; and faces of red, green, purple, orange, pink, and yellow; their hair is any color from black to orange. They play with "jump toys! Ride toys!/Slip-and-slide toys!" and a "futuristic outer-space car! [or a] Soap Box Derby/homemade chase car." This catalog goes on for pages and can get a bit tedious. However, the imaginative illustrations will hold readers' attention. Staake's detailed artwork is rendered digitally, and each page has numerous playthings or activities to look at or talk about with an adult. Children will enjoy discovering and naming items. The story takes a while to get to the point: that the very best toy is one's imagination, but the book is suitable as a lead-in for an art lesson or other creative activities. Pair it with a classic such as Crocket Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon or newer works like Barney Saltzberg's Andrew Drew and Drew (Abrams, 2012) for a tribute to the imaginative spirit.—Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA
- Candlewick Press
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- 9.52(w) x 10.86(h) x 0.44(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Peter Stein has been a writer, editor, designer, and art director for more than twenty years. He is the author of seven gift books, including Age Is Nothing: Attitude Is Everything and Fine Friends: A Little Book About You and Me. He lives in Petaluma, California.
Bob Staake has written and/or illustrated more than fifty books, including The Red Lemon, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year. His work has graced the cover of The New Yorker more than a dozen times, and his November 17, 2008, Barack Obama victory cover was named the Best Magazine Cover of the Year by Time magazine. He lives on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts.
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One of my pet peeves in children's literature is books written in clunky, forced rhyme. Usually about halfway through reading those books out loud, I will stop and just tell the story in prose. I read Toys Galore out loud, all the way through, and using the original text. Off the top of my head, I can think of three authors worth studying for learning how to write in rhyme for children's books: Karma Wilson, Jane Yolen and Peter Stein. Karma Wilson and Jane Yolen excel at regular metered rhyme; Peter Stein is also very good at it, too, but he is also very good at breaking up the meter, which is useful for longer stories in rhyme. Toys Galore is way fun to read out loud. Toys Galore is also way fun to look at. My four-year-old son studied the artwork with all the intensity I used to put into the toy section of the Sears catalogue at Christmas time. He's going to be really disappointed when we go into Toys R Us or Target and he can't find any toys just like the ones in Bob Staake's illustrations. Heck, I'm probably going to be really disappointed, too.