Toys Go Out
Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic
Publication Date: September 12, 2006
Here is the first book in the highly acclaimed Toys Trilogy, which is followed by the companion books Toy Dance Party and Toys Come Home. These six linked stories from Emily Jenkins, and illustrated by Caldecott Medal Winner Paul O. Zelinsky, showcase the unforgettable adventures—and misadventures—of three extraordinary friends. A Parents' Choice Silver Honor Winner, an ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book, and an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Book Award Winner, Toys Go Out is truly a modern classic.
Lumphy is a stuffed buffalo. StingRay is a stuffed stingray. And Plastic... well, Plastic isn't quite sure what she is. They all belong to the Little Girl who lives on the high bed with the fluffy pillows. A very nice person to belong to.
But outside of the Little Girl's room things can be confusing. Like when Lumphy gets sticky with peanut butter on a picnic, why is he called "dirty"? Or when StingRay jumps into the bathtub, what will happen to her fur? And where in the house can they find the Little Girl a birthday present that she will love the most?
Together is best for these three best friends. Together they look things up in the dictionary, explore the basement, and argue about the meaning of life. And together they face dogs, school, television commercials, the vastness of the sea, and the terrifying bigness of the washing machine.
Emily Jenkins is the author of numerous highly acclaimed books for children, including the Toys Trilogy (Toys Go Out, Toy Dance Party, Toys Come Home); That New Animal, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor recipient; Five Creatures, also a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor recipient, a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book, and an ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book; and Sugar Would Not Eat It . The author lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Paul O. Zelinsky is the illustrator of the Toys Trilogy and Dust Devil, a New York Times Notable Children's Book and an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award Winner. He received the Caldecott Medal for his retelling of the classic fairy tale Rapunzel, as well as three Caldecott honors, for Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, and Swamp Angel by Anne Isaacs. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
“Utterly delightful . . . bound to be a favorite with any child who has ever adored an inanimate object.”—School Library Journal, Starred
“An entertaining look at identity, friendship, and belonging.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred