Toys Come Home

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Toys Come Home

Being the Early Experiences of an Intelligent Stingray, a Brave Buffalo, and a Brand-New Someone Called Plastic

By Emily Jenkins; Paul O. Zelinsky (Illustrator)

Schwartz & Wade Books, Hardcover, 9780375862007, 132pp.

Publication Date: September 13, 2011

Description
A bit like the great movieToy Storyand a bit like the wonderful Kate DiCamillo bookThe Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. This is a great family book. The Washington PostonToys Go Out, the companion toToys Come Home
Here is the final book in the highly acclaimed Toys trilogy, which includes the companion booksToys Go Out andToy Dance Partyand chronicles the unforgettable adventures of three brave and loving toys.
Fans of the series, as well as newcomers, will happily discover how Lumphy, StingRay, and Plastic came to live with the Girl. In six linked adventures, readers will also learn how the one-eared Sheep became one-eared, watch a cranky toy meet an unfortunate end, and best of all, learn why it's okay for someone you truly love to puke on you. This is perhaps the most charming of three inimitably charming books destined to become classics.
AWall Street JournalBest Children's Book of the Year
A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year
A Junior Library Guild Selection
"A timeless story of adventure and friendship to treasure aloud or independently. Wholly satisfying, this may well leave readers expecting to see the Velveteen Rabbit peeking in the bedroom window and smiling approvingly." Booklist, Starred
The best talking toy stories sinceWinnie-the-Pooh. Kirkus Reviews
"A book destined to be read to children at bedtime for decades (nay, centuries?) to come. It is rare that prequels exceed the books they are meant to simply introduce, but this is one of the few." Betsy Bird, A Fuse #8 Production


About the Author
Emily Jenkins has written many highly acclaimed books for children, including the popular award-winning chapter books Toys Go Out, Toy Dance Party, and Toys Come Home, as well as a picture book that features the same beloved characters, Toys Meet Snow, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and a Wall Street Journal Best Children s Book of the Year. She is also the author of A Fine Dessert, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year; Water in the Park, a Booklist Editors Choice and a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book; and Lemonade in Winter, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Visit her at emilyjenkins.com. Paul O. Zelinsky is the illustrator of Dust Devil, a New York Times Notable 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. His illustrations for Toy Dance Party were called superlative in a starred review by Kirkus Reviews. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Learn more at paulozelinsky.com."


Praise For Toys Come Home

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2011:
"Life's brutal realities are spotlighted with a gleaming authenticity...Character-driven episodes unfold in six fully realized chapters; Zelinsky's softly shaded pencil drawings showcase pivotal moments, revealing each individual idiosyncrasy...during this eventful year...This enjoyable trio deserves its rightful place away from the confines of any toy chest."

Starred Review, Booklist, September 15, 2011:
"The empathetic characters, gentle drama, and occasional, full-page, black-and-white drawings create a timeless story of adventure and friendship to treasure aloud or independently. Wholly satisfying, this may well leave readers expecting to see the Velveteen Rabbit peeking in the bedroom window and smiling approvingly."

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