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Toys Galore

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by Peter Stein, Bob Staake (Illustrator)

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


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!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Through rhythmic and rhyming lines, different kinds of children’s toys are described with a selection of interesting, active vocabulary. A few toys are named like jacks, basketball, and ping pong; however, most of the text involves the feature of the toy such as round, square, squishy, sandy shore, or stretchy goo. Some toy descriptions are action-packed words like “zippy-quick, remote-control,” “jumpin’, blastin’ rock ?n’ roll,” or “use-your-hands.” Along with the text, there are children playing with cars, planes, jack-in-the-box, kites, and toys galore. The children are colorful: they are green, purple, blue, and yellow, etc. The kids’ wide eyes express excitement over playing with the variety of toys. Stein builds up to the best toy for the ending by giving clues about it and Staake’s illustration captures the look of satisfaction in the faces of the children. Readers may already be familiar with Stein’s earlier books, Bugs Galore and Cars Galore which also have a similar presentation. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung AGERANGE: Ages 4 to 7.
School Library Journal
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
Kirkus Reviews
A fizzy yet revealing romp through the toy world. Though of standard picture-book size, Stein and illustrator Staake's latest collaboration (Bugs Galore, 2012, etc.) presents a sweeping compendium of diversions for the young. From fairies and gnomes, race cars and jacks, tin cans and socks, to pots 'n' pans and a cardboard box, Stein combs the toy kingdom for equally thrilling sources of fun. These light, tightly rhymed quatrains focus nicely on the functions characterizing various objects, such as "Floaty, bubbly, / while-you-wash toys" or "Sharing-secrets- / with-tin-cans toys," rather than flatly stating their names. Such ambiguity at once offers Staake free artistic rein to depict copious items capable of performing those tasks and provides pre-readers ample freedom to draw from the experiences of their own toy chests as they scan Staake's vibrant spreads brimming with chunky, digitally rendered objects and children at play. The sense of community and sharing suggested by most of the spreads contributes well to Stein's ultimate theme, which he frames by asking: "But which toy is / the best toy ever? / The one most fun? / Most cool and clever?" Faced with three concluding pages filled with all sorts of indoor and outside toys to choose from, youngsters may be shocked to learn, on turning to the final spread, that the greatest one of all--"a toy SENSATION!"--proves to be "[y]our very own / imagination." Clever verse coupled with bold primary-colored images is sure to attract and hone the attention of fun-seeking children everywhere. (Picture book. 4-7)

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Candlewick Press
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Product dimensions:
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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Toys Galore 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
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.