Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Toys in Space By Mini Grey

About the Book
That summer night, the toys were left outside... . For the very first time, the Wonderdoll, the helpful wind-up robot, the thoughtful green dinosaur, and the rest of their plucky gang lie in the grass, gazing up at the stars. But one star seems brighter than the rest. As it grows bigger and bigger, the toys realize it may not be a star at all! Soon they're venturing into the unknown, traveling by spaceship, where they meet a lonely alien in need of help, and some friends.

From ever-inventive, award-winning author-illustrator Mini Grey comes a hilarious and heartfelt new adventure: a motley group of toys left outside in the garden become true friends and brave heroes-in space!

My Review:
This was a cute little story about what happens to your toys when they are left outside at night. You can take away a lot of valuable lessons from this story that are subtlety inserted throughout: stealing is wrong, asking permission before taking things that are not yours, making amends to those you wrong, being thoughtful, caring for those in need and being a good friend to someone who is hurting.
The descriptions of the toys remind me of the things we tell our kids they can be that they are and what we desire them to be: resourceful, strong, helpful, thoughtful, clever, brave; great use of descriptive words that my son loved, especially being strong and helpful.
The illustrations are wonderfully done and help pull the story along as you read. Drizzle have it 4 out of 5 stars.

About the Author
MINI GREY is the creator of the Boston Globe-Horn Book award-winning picture book Traction Man Is Here! as well as Traction Man Meets TurboDog and Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey. Collectively, the three Traction Man books have received 15 starred reviews. Her brilliant, quirky humor can also be seen in Three by the Sea, The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon, and Ginger Bear.

Disclaimer: I received this book curtsey of Edelweiss by Random House, in exchange for my honest review and opinion.The opinions expressed here are my own.
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