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The Toy Brother

by William Steig

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... altogether out of their medieval minds."  Too funny.  And it's got brotherly relationships down pat.  I like this more than Sylvester and the Magic Pebble and am keeping it for a while, to reread before giving to my OBCZ." ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
This is a really interesting book that has some great vocabulary words in it. It is probably best for older children, grades four and up. It teaches them about family relationships and teamwork.
  msalissa | Apr 8, 2010 |
This is a perfectly competent story about what happens when one brother shrinks himself when their parents are away. Wacky Hijinks Ensue!

Except I didn't find it very interesting myself. The storyline is fairly realistic (well, once you get over the magic), but it just didn't draw me in. And so it goes, we can't all be fans of every book. ( )
  conuly | Feb 3, 2010 |
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William Steig, the creator of 26 children's books, including Sylvester and the Magic Pebble and The Amazing Bone, has struck again with an entertaining and informative book. Both the writer and illustrator, Steig spins a yarn that focuses on two brothers. The older boy, Yorick, is told one day by his alchemist father not to venture into the laboratory. Yorick, of course, does just that as soon as his father leaves and mixes a potion that transforms him into a toy-sized boy. His brother, Charles, is thereby transformed into the larger of the two, forcing the siblings to deal with role reversal, brotherhood, disobedience, and a host of other matters.

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An apprentice alchemist finds that his despised kid brother is the only one who can help him when he concocts a potion which makes him the size of a peanut.

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