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Friday, December 20, 2013

Book Review: Too Many Toys

Posted By on Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 9:00 AM

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Anyone who has watched a baby bang on pots and pans and tear up wrapping paper in lieu of engaging with actual toys will appreciate David Shannon’s playful picture book Too Many Toys.

Shannon is best known for his series of toddler and preschool books featuring David, a naughty, crudely drawn little boy who pours macaroni and cheese on the dog and runs down the street pants-less to the chagrin of his exasperated, but loving, mom. But Shannon also has a batch of books for slightly older readers that he’s both written and illustrated. Not only are his drawings humorous and rich; he spins a darn good yarn.

Too Many Toys tells the story of Spencer, a little hoarder who isn’t happy when his mom tells him he has to pare down his overflowing collection of playthings.

Shannon captures the over-the-top culture of gifting in words and pictures. Not only does Spencer get toys on his birthday and on major holidays but, Shannon writes, “He got toys at the Drive-thru with his Kidburger, and at school for having lots of Peace Person Points, and at the dentist and the doctor when he didn’t squirm.” 

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Alison is the former managing editor at Kids VT, Seven Days' parenting publication and writes about education for Seven Days.

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