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I love any story that is about toys being alive. This is a pretty good book. The author actually paints a world where a lot of inanimate objects are alive, not just toys. I love the washing machine character and dryer.
As one of the reviewers pointed out, some concepts in the book may scare some children. Actually, I'm not sure if it is this book or the first book, as I read both, but with kids books...maybe it is best not to mention things like serial killers hiding in the basement. Kids today are a bit more sophisticated, and with all the horror in the news...maybe it isn't a big deal. I didn't buy this for a child and don't have experience with them. I'm just basing this on how my religious relatives would react. I bought this book for myself, because sometimes I get tired of how depressing adult books are, and I'm indulging my inner child.
This series is my and my daughters' very favorite read aloud. It is engaging and funny and delightful enough for four year olds, but provides enough vocabulary and ideas to stretch the mind of my seven year old, and witty enough to keep me excited to read it aloud. My friends have read it aloud with great success even to their sixth graders. The illustrations are great too!
We were very excited to hear that the sequel to
Toys Go Out
was coming out this fall. We immediately preordered it, as we love that book. However we were a bit sad that this one is slightly less wonderful.
In this book continues to follow the misadventures, and emotions of the toys of "the little girl", mainly Plastic, Buffalo, and Stingray. In addition there is also a new friend, a shark that joins in. The story is told from the toys perspective, with occasional omniscience into what others are feeling.
The adventures are similar to the first book, but there are two things that have changed. One is that since the girl is growing older and now into barbies (who are non-people in this book), the toys are feeling sad neglected, and apparently more than a little hostile about things. The second thing is that the girl (now named "Honey") apparently knows that the toys play without her, and they don't hesitate to leave signs of their adventures behind.
I think both of these changes make it a sadder, less fun book for kids. They know they don't have toys like these since they don't see the signs. Further Honey isn't very nice to the toys, which is fine since she is growing up. However children are not very aware of their own cruelty to toys (which is fine), as they move on, so they don't understand. It also makes Honey someone you don't want to identify with. So again limits the degree to which the kids get enmeshed in the book. Either of these would be fine if the first book hadn't been so completely wonderful, and gotten our standards so high.
Toys Go Out
for it's humor and spot-on characterization. It's the kind of book that is equally appreciated by kids from 5 to 10 and their parents.
I didn't know TOY DANCE PARTY, which features the same cast of characters, existed until recently. Oh, I am SO glad that I found it. This story just gives us more to love. More of those characters who so clearly reflect all of our own shortcomings -- bossiness, fear, loneliness and so much more -- while showing us what it means to love each other. We also get to meet a new character, the shark, who fits in perfectly with the gang and with the spirit of the book.
Perhaps because we already knew and love the characters, or perhaps because the story has matured, I love TOY DANCE PARTY even more than TOYS GO OUT. You should read that one first, but definitely don't miss TOY DANCE PARTY.
Ms. Jenkins says in this book that she wrote it because many wrote and asked for her. When I read that part to my 5-year-old son, he said, "Can we write her now, and ask her to write a 3rd, 4th, and 5th book?" I agree wholeheartedly -- please, more from the toys!!
Great book, my two daughters have loved the Toys Go Out book for years and we got this one from the library a couple of years ago, but my youngest daughter asked for this for her birthday. I also got the Toys Come Home book but we haven't read it. This is a great bedtime read-out-loud book and one chapter is good for about 20 minutes or reading. It's fun for the parent to read, it's not foolish drivel like some kids books are. The content is appropriate for all ages with no mature themes, suspenseful parts, or violence, but it's funny and my 10-year-old still likes hearing it. Hey, Emily, if you're reading this, WRITE MORE! We love these books.
This sequel to Toys Go Out is absolutely wonderful. It is even better than the first book and well worth reading. When I read it aloud to my children, they were sitting on my bed. They squealed, laughed, pounded pillows, threw themselves backward and sometimes even shrieked in delight at the antics of their favorite characters. There was never a dull moment. This book should become a classic. We love it so much. I hope to read it to my grandchildren in some far off future day.
Great, fun book! The hi-jinks continue. I read this aloud to my six-year old daughters. I did swap out a few words, especially the reference to ax murders in the basement. I just said spiders instead. No need to add to nightmare candidates. The little songs and personalities for the toys were very fun.