Toys in Spaceby Mini Grey
That summer night, the toys were left outside. . . . For the very first time, the Wonderdoll, the helpful wind-up robot, the thoughtful green dinosaur, and the rest of their plucky gang lie in the grass, gazing up at the stars. But one star seems brighter than the rest. As it grows bigger and/i>
A very silly (not-too-scary) story about losing a beloved toy.
That summer night, the toys were left outside. . . . For the very first time, the Wonderdoll, the helpful wind-up robot, the thoughtful green dinosaur, and the rest of their plucky gang lie in the grass, gazing up at the stars. But one star seems brighter than the rest. As it grows bigger and bigger, the toys realize it may not be a star at all! Soon they're venturing into the unknown, traveling by spaceship, where they meet a lonely alien in need of help, and some friends.
From ever-inventive, award-winning author-illustrator Mini Grey comes a hilarious and heartfelt new adventure: a motley group of toys left outside in the garden become true friends and brave heroes--in space!
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, March 25, 2013:
“Grey plumbs the pathos and humor of carelessly treated playthings. Her double narratives hint at toys’ secret lives and the desire, after adventuring, to feel safe—impulses children will easily recognize in themselves.”
Meet the Author
MINI GREY is the creator of the Boston Globe-Horn Book award-winning picture book Traction Man Is Here! as well as Traction Man Meets TurboDog and Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey. Collectively, the three Traction Man books have received 15 starred reviews. Her brilliant, quirky humor can also be seen in Three by the Sea, The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon, and Ginger Bear.
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Did I enjoy this book: This was a fun and imaginative book! Both my child and I had fun every time we read this book. Toys in Space follows seven toys who are left in the backyard overnight for the first time. What I love about the story is that rather than have the action happen to the toys, the toys are imagining (and telling) a story in which they are taken to space in order to pass the time until morning when their owner will come and take them back inside. Each of the seven toys has their own personality, and my son and I had fun giving them different voices as we read! It’s interesting to hear the seven toys collectively tell a story and hear how each of them had ideas to add to the story to make it better. This is great example of group storytelling and shows young readers how a story is constructed. The illustrations are wonderful and fit the mood and theme of the story perfectly. The layout is done in a way that keeps the storytelling toys separate from the story being told without making it confusing at all. Some of the storytelling layout reminded me a little of graphic novels or comic books–there are added side panels in which the toys discuss the story. The art and layouts perfectly complemented the story! Would I recommend it: Pick this book up and have some fun with it! This is a fun, silly tale that children (and adults) of all ages will love to read again and again (and I really recommend fun voices for the different characters)! As reviewed by Sara at Every Free Chance Books.