Toys Go Out

Emily Jenkins

illustrations by
Paul O. Zelinsky

"Utterly delightful... bound to be a favorite with any child who has ever adored an inanimate object. Zelinsky's beautifully detailed black-and-white illustrations are a lovely addition to this very special book."
--School Library Journal, starred review

"Delightfully quirky"
--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A great family book. It has wonderful illustrations by Paul O. Zelinsky and makes a great read-aloud for kids of all ages before they snuggle into bed with those favorites."
--Washington Post

"...clever and often hilarious... charming black-and-white illustrations, wonderfully detailed and textured..."
--Booklist, starred review

Toys Go Out cover

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An ALA Notable Book
Selected for *The Book of the Month Club and *The Junior Library Guild
*one of The New York Public Library's 100 titles for 2006
*A School Library Journal Best Book for 2006
*An Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award Winner
*A Washington Post Best Book of the Week
*A BookSense Children's Pick for 2006
*A CCBC Choice for 2007
•Winner of these Children's Choice Awards:
North Dakota's Flicker Tale Award,
Delaware Diamonds Children's Choice Award
•Nominated for these Children's Choice Awards:
Delaware's Blue Hen Award,
Kentucky's Bluegrass Award,
the Rhode Island Children's Book Award,
the Texas Bluebonnet Award,
Virginia's Cardozo Award,
Wisconsin's Golden Archer Award, and
Kansas' William Allen White Children’s Book Award

Toys Go Out-- In the Backpack

Chapter 1: In the Backpack


Introducing three toys who are best of friends: Lumphy, StingRay and Plastic. Lumphy is a plush buffalo, StingRay is a plush sting ray, and Plastic—well, Plastic doesn't quite know what she is.

They are among the toys belonging to the girl who sleeps on the high bed. They live in her bedroom. Sometimes they get taken places, in the dark inside of the backpack. They worry. They argue. They try to figure things out. And the one-eared sheep will nibble on anything.

Join them on their adventures: at the beach, at a birthday party, on the high bed at night; or on a picnic, smeared with peanut butter and heading home to the dreaded washing machine. This young chapter book is charming, funny and heart-wrenchingly true. You won't soon forget it.

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