TEDDY'S FAVORITE TOY by Christian Trimmer

TEDDY'S FAVORITE TOY

Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Knuffle Bunny is reimagined with dialogue and a dash of suspense.

Teddy, a brown-skinned boy, has many toys ranging from firetrucks to jigsaw puzzles, but Bren-Da, Warrior Queen of Pacifica, is his absolute favorite. But after excessive use, Bren-Da’s leg snaps one morning. Teddy does not have the time to fix her, so he leaves her in his room and goes to school. When he comes back, Bren-da has disappeared! (Readers will have seen that his mom, who appears to be white, mistook the heavily bandaged Bren-Da for trash.) Teddy can’t find her anywhere, so he immediately seeks his (horrified) mom’s help. Now it’s up to Teddy and his mom to find Bren-Da. Trimmer’s simple story of a universal experience will captivate young readers and have them rooting for Teddy’s reunion with Bren-Da. Teddy’s problem-solving abilities also serve as a useful model. Valentine’s illustrations bring the story to life with creative depictions of orange-haired, pink-skinned Bren-Da’s style and humorous portrayals of Teddy’s and his mother’s actions. The long list of Teddy’s toys in the beginning of the story may be a little disconcerting for children who don’t have as many. On the positive side, the story gently pushes gender norms by showing a doll as Teddy’s favorite toy and Teddy’s mom as nothing short of a superheroine as she tries to get Bren-Da back.

A heartwarming story that uses an everyday occurrence to push the envelope on many fronts. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Feb. 27th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-4814-8079-6
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Atheneum
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2017




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