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Too Many Toys

Too Many Toys

by David Shannon

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Spencer has too many toys.  He has robots, puzzles, board games, stuffed animals, and plastic action figures. Toys spill out of every drawer and closet and clutter the floor of every room.  Have you ever tried to get to your kitchen and tripped over a race car?  Spencer's house has become hazardous. Something has to be done!

Come along as Spencer tries to persuade his mother to keep them all—because every single toy is his favorite.  In the end, it's not a store-bought toy but the give-away box itself that captures Spencer's attention.  Once again, award-winner David Shannon proves that an entertaining story and your own imagination are the very best toys of all!

"Snappy dialogue and an absolutely on-target understanding of the psyches of both mother and child make the negotiation scene absolutely priceless. The elaborate, child-friendly pictures perfectly capture Spencer's world, zeroing in on the chaos with glee and then pulling back to demonstrate graphically the traumas suffered by both adults and child in the process. Shannon's sardonic wit will strike a chord with parents and children alike." — Kirkus Reviews

Shannon’s illustrations are cacophonous explosions...Shannon’s fans will recognize elements of his previous characters in this current cast, portrayed with ebullient vigor. Shannon's story carries an attitude large enough to entertain a big group, while the illustrations are detailed enough to engage even the most inattentive individual when viewed up close." — Booklist

"Spencer's not-so-delicate negotiations give Shannon plenty of opportunity to display his flair for kid-friendly expressionism and domestic satire. But what will ultimately keep kids glued to the page is the sheer breadth and depth of the overflowing inventory." — Publishers Weekly  

6, 7, 5
Interest Level
Grades PreK - 3
Grade Level Equivalent
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Book Type
Read-Aloud Book
Comedy and Humor

About the Author

David Shannon Award-winning artist and bestselling author David Shannon has long been a favorite among teachers and librarians with such titles as How Georgie Radbourn Saved Baseball, The Amazing Christmas Extravaganza, and A Bad Case of Stripes. His popularity skyrocketed in 1998 with the publication of his picture book No, David!

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