TOY DANCE PARTY by Emily Jenkins
Kirkus Star


Being the Further Adventures of a Bossyboots Stingray, a Courageous Buffalo, & a Hopeful Round Someone Called Plastic
From the "Toys Go Out" series
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Age Range: 5 - 9
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Even more tender than its predecessor, these six related stories skillfully capture the bittersweet challenges of childhood independence. Initially featured in Jenkins and Zelinsky’s Toys Go Out (2006), this collection stars winsome stuffed buffalo Lumpy, endearing rubber ball Plastic and vulnerable dry-clean-only StingRay. Witty dialogue and humorous scenes enhance these well-developed characters, as the friends realize their cherished girl’s growing fondness for Barbies and sleepovers takes precedence over her once-favored toys. Stories center on the new chewing-obsessed toy shark, Spark, who receives quite the unusual welcome, the perilous health of Dryer, unexpected basement parties and the toys’ unfortunate experimentation with nail polish. Zelinsky’s superlative black-and-white drawings never fail to bring warmth and depth to these chapters. The girl, not completely grown, occasionally still finds comfort with her toys; StingRay wisely notes that she will love them “forever but not as much.” Fortunately, StingRay’s statement rings false when describing this winning work, whose original fans should enjoy this entry as much as the first. Poignant and compelling, this sequel sparkles. (Fantasy. 5-9)

Pub Date: Sept. 9th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-375-83935-1
Page count: 176pp
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade/Random
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2008


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