|Peter Stein. Bob Staake, illus|
|Pages/Publication Date:||32 / 2013|
From a square box to a round ball, from a squishy pile of clay to an old sock, from a flying disc to a bar of soap, toys can come from anywhere, and become anything, so long as you're using the best toy of all: your imagination. New Yorker cover artist Bob Staake—also the creator of the New York Times Book Review's Best Illustrated Children's Book The Red Lemon—teams up again with Peter Stein for this follow-up to Cars Galore and Bugs Galore, for readers up to 7, with clever couplets and Staake's lighthearted digital images.
"This story in rhyme celebrates just about every toy imaginable. 'Small toy, tall toy, / bouncing-ball toy. / Hat toy, shoe toy. / Stretchy GOO toy!' Characters done in a cartoon style play with everything from balls, trucks, and clay to 'floaty, bubbly, / while-you-wash toys.' The youngsters have oval heads; big eyes; and faces of red, green, purple, orange, pink, and yellow; their hair is any color from black to orange. They play with 'jump toys! Ride toys! / Slip-and-slide toys!' and a 'futuristic outer-space car! [or a] Soap Box Derby / homemade chase car.'... Staake's detailed artwork is rendered digitally, and each page has numerous playthings or activities to look at or talk about with an adult. Children will enjoy discovering and naming items.... The book is suitable as a lead-in for an art lesson or other creative activities. Pair it with a classic such as Crocket Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon."—School Library Journal