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Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy… (2006)

by Emily Jenkins

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    Day the toys ran away by Leah Raechel Killeen (sweetiegherkin)
    sweetiegherkin: Similar concept of toys having lives of their own when children are away.
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The adventures and relationships of three slightly clueless toys - a stingray (plush, but dry clean only), a buffalo named Lumphy, and a ball named Plastic -- who help each other learn about the world. It is a very funny read aloud. The fourth graders really like it. ( )
  paakre | Apr 27, 2013 |
1/2012 Yep, I still love this book.

1/2007 I loved this book. It's simply written, engaging, and so funny that it will be hard to read aloud without dissolving into helpless giggling. Charmingly illustrated by Paul Zelinsky, this book is a little slice-of-life from the floor of a 6-year-old girl's bedroom. The toys are charmingly characterized, and their adventures terribly amusing. Read this one to your favorite kid, I think you will both enjoy it. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
Six stories plus three friends plus one little girl the friends all love, add up to a charming story just right for readers ready to move up to chapter books. StingRay has been around the longest and the other toys all look up to her. After all, she knows so much more than they do - like what it means to be a grown-up: “You’re not a grown-up until you’re at least eight…[then:] you can drive a limousine, and brush your teeth without being reminded, and you can read all the words in the dictionary, no matter how long.” Lumphy is a little buffalo who tries to be tough like a buffalo should be, but really, how could anyone face the terror of the washing machine? And Plastic is….well, Plastic isn’t actually quite sure what she is, but she’ll do whatever she can to find out. Jenkins packs plenty of gentle humor into her imagined secret life for these toys. As a bonus, since each chapter is a self-contained story, this is a perfect read-aloud for a class or at bedtime. Follow StingRay, Lumphy and Plastic on even more adventures by checking out the sequel Toy Dance Party!

Also includes pencil illustrations by Paul O. Zelinsky.

June 2010 Cover 2 Cover selection.
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  JenJ. | Mar 31, 2013 |
The theme of this book is friendship against all odds. Despite the toys' differences, they live and interact together on a daily basis. They also watch out for each other when times get rough. For example, the toys work together to comfort StingRay when he finds that he cannot float like a real sting ray. This book could be used in the classroom as an introduction to a writing lesson on personification. This book is an excellent example of the writing technique of personification because it ascribes human characteristics, such as movement, thoughts, or speech, to non-human entities or toys.
  Kaihills | Mar 10, 2013 |
Fabulous read-aloud. I use it with second-graders. They love it! It's funny, has great characterization, and has lots of life-lessons about friendship. Love, love, love! ( )
  kellysamperi | Nov 20, 2012 |
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With great thanks to Anne Schwartz, my editor, who saw a light in my little manuscript that took place entirely in the dark. --E.J.

For Radish Bedundt and his ilk. --P.Z.
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The backpack is dark and smells like a wet bathing suit.
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Here is the first book in the highly acclaimed Toys Trilogy, which is followed by the companion books Toy Dance Party and Toys Come Home. These six linked stories from Emily Jenkins, and illustrated by Caldecott Medal Winner Paul O. Zelinsky, showcase the unforgettable adventures—and misadventures—of three extraordinary friends. A Parents' Choice Silver Honor Winner, an ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book, and an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Book Award Winner, Toys Go Out is truly a modern classic.

Lumphy is a stuffed buffalo. StingRay is a stuffed stingray. And Plastic... well, Plastic isn't quite sure what she is. They all belong to the Little Girl who lives on the high bed with the fluffy pillows. A very nice person to belong to.

But outside of the Little Girl's room things can be confusing. Like when Lumphy gets sticky with peanut butter on a picnic, why is he called "dirty"? Or when StingRay jumps into the bathtub, what will happen to her fur? And where in the house can they find the Little Girl a birthday present that she will love the most?

Together is best for these three best friends. Together they look things up in the dictionary, explore the basement, and argue about the meaning of life. And together they face dogs, school, television commercials, the vastness of the sea, and the terrifying bigness of the washing machine.

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Six stories relate the adventures of three best friends, who happen to be toys.

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