Sarah's Stars

David Shannon. Too Many Toys
Scholastic  $18.99  ISBN 978-0-439-49029-0  32pg.
Reviewed by Lindsey, Age 14

One day, Spencer's mom had had it up to here with all the toys. "SPENCER!" she yelled on her way upstairs. "YOU HAVE TOO MANY TOYS!"

That's impossible! thought Spencer.

Then she said, "We're going to get rid of some of them."

What a CATASTROHPE!

Spencer has too many toys. His room is overflowing with them, his parents step on them and trip over them and a veritable army of friends and relatives are seemingly always lining up to give him new ones. Christmases, birthday parties, drive-throughs, prizes...the opportunities for toy giving and receiving are endless. But Spencer's mom has had it up to here with the Lego and the robots and the stuffed animals always lurking underfoot, especially because they're not kind to bare feet! But Spencer, like most children, is downright stubborn. Will the house ever be clean again?

In this charming tale from the witty author of the David picture books, we are introduced to yet another silly boy. All Spencer wants is to play with his toys. Is that so hard? The bright pictures pop pleasantly from the page and keep you looking at the vast array of different toys scattered across the pages. There are aliens, plastic figurines, stuffed pigs, rubber snakes, bouncy balls, Jacks, musical instruments, rubber duckies, mechanical dinosaurs, bobbleheads and all sorts of other fun things to see. The plethora of toys in the illustrations is one of the most interesting parts of the book, but the story itself is lovely too, with witty gems that will keep young readers (and their parents!) laughing.

Just in time for the holidays, I give David Shannon's Too Many Toys five stars.

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