by David Shannon
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: The Blue Sky Press (October 1, 2008)
Source: Personal collection
Do you own Too Many Toys? You don’t? Well you should, because I am sure at your house … there are too many toys! The main character, Spencer, certainly has too many toys. His mom has decided that it’s time to put a box of old toys together to donate. The way award-winning David Shannon depicts the struggle between mother and son, as they sort through the toys, is priceless. Eventually Spencer deals with the departure of his toys, but he does decide that he really would like to keep the box!
Here is my favorite piece of dialog between Spencer and his mom:
“Here’s another one you can do without,” she said.
“No problem,” said Spencer.
His mom nearly fell over. “What!?! You’re going to give it up, just like that?”
“Sure,” Spencer replied. “That’s Dad’s.”
I really do believe that this is a great book for all families – the message this book sends to children is adorably quintessential.
Add this book to your collection: Too Many Toys