At first I was skeptical about another talking toy book, but part way into Toys Go Out, I fell in love with Lumphy, Stingray and Plastic, three of the Little Girl’s very favourite toys. They have curiosity about life around them and the ensuing adventures take them to the bathroom to meet Tuk-Tuk the towel and the basement where a talking washer and mostly silent dryer give such sage advice that Lumphy gets dirty on purpose just so he can get washed.
For those who love reading aloud in different voices, this book will give you immense pleasure. The characters are so distinct and real, your audience will be mesmerized. I promise you that by chapter five, you will be in love, and you will want to read all three, because after Toys Go Out, there’s Toy Dance Party, and now, Emily Jenkins has a third book so new, I haven’t read it yet. However, I highly recommend the beautiful cover art. Paul O. Zelinsky’s cover and interior illustrations are a grand reason to pick up Toys Come Home, and the others in the series.
For discussion ideas, check out this teachers’ guide.