Apr 02

Review: Too Many Toys by David Shannon

Review: Too Many Toys by David ShannonToo Many Toys by David Shannon
Published by Scholastic Inc. on 2008
Genres: humour, picture book
Pages: 32
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Spencer has too many toys. He has robots, puzzles, board games, stuffed animals, and plastic action figures. Toys spill out of every drawer and closet and clutter the floor of every room. Have you ever tried to get to your kitchen and tripped over a race car? Spencer's house has become hazardous. Something has to be done!Come along as Spencer tries to persuade his mother to keep them all--because every single toy is his favourite. In the end, it's not a store-bought toy but the give-away box itself that captures Spencer's attention. Once again, award-winner David Shannon proves that an entertaining story and your own imagination are the very best toys of all!

With illustrations of Lego, train tracks, toy musical instruments, art supplies and miscellaneous game board and puzzle pieces all over the floor, I’m concerned that author/illustrator David Shannon  has set up some sort of spy camera in my home.

This fun picture book is about Spencer, a boy with too many toys. After his father has an unfortunate barefoot encounter with a piece of Lego and his mother trips over scattered train tracks and Matchbox cars, Spencer’s mother declares “You have too many toys”.

This is the beginning of negotiations between Spencer and his mother about what has to go and what can stay.

Kids will enjoy Spencer’s attempts to convince his mother to keep all his toys and parents will enjoy the opportunities Too Many Toys presents to say “this is just like you!”

The large, bright illustrations will keep children amused as they try to find their favourite toys amongst Spencer’s impressive collection.

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