Thursday, September 20, 2012

Too Many Toys by David Shannon

"Have you ever stepped on a Lego piece in your bare feet? Or a jack? Well, it really hurts! Especially if you weigh as much as Spencer's dad."

Every parent can relate to this story, and hopefully some of the kids can, too. Lots of people give Spencer toys: his parents, his grandparents, the drive-thru at Kidburger, the dentist, and more. Spencer has so many toys that they spill out of his room and down the staircase.

Finally his mother announces that some of the toys have to go, and this is a Catastrophe. In the end, though, Spencer discovers an even better toy than all the other toys he already has. Parents who have been through this process might have an idea of what it is.

Just like all of Shannon's books, the illustrations are fabulous and stimulating. The dialogue is fun to read aloud, and the book isn't too long to keep short attention spans engaged.

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