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Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic

Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic

Fall 2006 Fiction
Ages: 7 - 11 yrs.
Author: Emily Jenkins
Illustrator: Paul O Zelinsky
ISBN: 0-375-83604-7
Hardcover Price: $16.95
Review:
There's more than a spot of borrowing in this updated homage to the hundred acre wood: we meet our heroes (and heroines) coming “buh-buh bump!” down the stairs just like Pooh, albeit in an up-to-the-minute backpack; one character, like Eeyore, parts company with his tail; and another, like Roo, is prone to bounce. Still, there's plenty to love in a story about a ball named “Plastic,” a buffalo named Lumphy, and a stingray named StingRay. Toss in a handful of mechanical mice, a washing machine named Frank, and a possible shark and you've got all the makings of a modern classic. Paul O. Zelinsky's gently expressive pencil renderings (all neatly contained in fine-line borders) lend a sense of peeking through windows to catch the toys in action and they add just the right old-fashioned air, as does the almost-square trim size, the deckle-edged pages, and the softly textured paper. Altogether, a handsome package.
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard   ©2006 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.


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