Let your imagination soar …

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Toys Galore written by Peter Stein with illustrations by Bob Staake,
Candlewick Press, © 2013.

… as you read Toys Galore (Candlewick Press, $15.99, Ages 4-8) written by Peter Stein with illustrations by Bob Staake, and reviewed by MaryAnne Locher.

Bob Staake’s vividly colored illustrations and Peter Stein’s whimsical verse are reminiscent of a carousel with calliope music. One ride is not enough!

After reading this picture book, I found myself wanting to go back again for a closer look at all the marvelous pictures. Parents and children will find inspiration for making their own fun and making up their own stories about this book’s wild and whacky toys. Yes, Toys Galore is a certainly a catalyst for creativity – sock puppets, cardboard box robots anyone?

Best of all, Toys Galore will entertain children independently as they memorize the pages, allowing parents to ultimately be on the receiving end of some delightful “read alouds” from their pre- to beginning readers.

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Interior spread from Toys Galore by Peter Stein with illustrations by Bob Staake, Candlewick Press, @ 2013.

Warning! This wonderful picture book will wake them up, shake them up, and get their juices flowing. I highly recommend reading it again and again … but not at bedtime.

NOTE:  If you loved Bugs Galore and also Cars Galore, you’re going to want to add this to your collection.

 

 

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