Toy Dance Party (Hardcover)

Being the Further Adventures of a Bossyboots Stingray, a Courageous Buffalo, and a Hopeful Round Someone Called Plasti

By Emily Jenkins, Paul Zelinsky (Illustrator)

Schwartz & Wade Books, 9780375839351, 159pp.

Publication Date: September 9, 2008

Fall 2008 Kids' List

“This has all the charm and delight of a really good picture book, with many more pages to love. Jenkins' characters are endearing, their voices distinct and sincere. Everything about this book is accessible, from the art, to the design, to the characters, to the writing.”
— Sarah Todd, Children's Book World, Haverford, PA
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A bit like the great movie"Toy Story"and a bit like the wonderful Kate DiCamillo book"The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane." This is a great family book. "The Washington Post"on"Toys Go Out, "the companion to"Toy Dance Party"
Here is the second book in the highly acclaimed Toys trilogy, which includes the companion books "Toys Go Out" and "Toys Come Home"and chronicles the unforgettable adventures of three brave and loving toys.
Lumphy, Stingray, and Plastic are back And this time the three extraordinary friends find that their little girl has left for winter vacation and taken a box of dominoes, a stegosaurus puzzle, and two Barbie dolls but not them. Could she have forgotten them?
As the girl starts to grow up, the three best friends must join together to brave a blizzard, save the toy mice from the vacuum, and make sure that they ll always have the little girl's love. (And they still have time to throw an all-out dance party with the washing machine )
"Poignant and compelling, this sequel sparkles." "Kirkus Reviews, " Starred.

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"


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"

Praise For Toy Dance Party: Being the Further Adventures of a Bossyboots Stingray, a Courageous Buffalo, and a Hopeful Round Someone Called Plasti

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2008:
"Poignant and compelling, this sequel sparkles."