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Toys in Space

3.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  340 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews
A very silly (not-too-scary) story about losing a beloved toy.

That summer night, the toys were left outside. . .
. For the very first time, the Wonderdoll, the helpful wind-up robot, the thoughtful green dinosaur, and the rest of their plucky gang lie in the grass, gazing up at the stars. But one star seems brighter than the rest. As it grows bigger and bigger, the toys re
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published August 1st 2012)
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A story within a story. The toys are left out overnight and when darkness falls they start to worry. Wonder doll makes up a story to tell the toys all about a group of toys left out overnight (just like them). In the story they are captured by an alien toy looking for his own cuddles and meet thousands of other lost toys that he's collected in his search. The toys persuade the alien that the toys must be returned to their owners. Fortunately they are well labelled and so can be returned to their ...more
Jul 31, 2013 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We've read several books by Mini Grey; in fact, we really liked the Traction Man series. So when I saw this book at our local library, I just had to borrow it.

It's a fun, spacey story that features toys that we left outside overnight. The narrative is fun to read aloud and the colorful illustrations, with the author's inimitable style, complement the story nicely. We loved the ending and our girls knowing the answer to "Where's cuddles?" before the characters did.

Overall, it's an entertaining
Jun 06, 2014 Kathryn rated it liked it
Some cute moments (love the odd, charming assortment of toys and the funny, oh-so-true ending) but overall it felt a bit too scattered for me. I much prefer her Traction Man series.
Steph Sinclair
This book is very adorable with its concept of lost toys. It reminds me of Toy Story in a way since each toy clearly has a distinct voice and personality, portrayed with different fonts. Parents will find this story perfect for creating "voices" during story time.

What I love best is that it's a story of a story. The lead toy, Wonder Doll, tells the toys a story of an alien to distract them from their fear of the dark. The fun part for kids is guessing if her tale was real or make believe. I'd r
Kristina Jean Lareau
Jul 13, 2014 Kristina Jean Lareau rated it did not like it
Shelves: picturebooks
I really was expecting to love this book! After all, I loved Traction Man Is Here! and while this feels similar in style though with a healthy dose of "Toy Story"-ness, it is much, MUCH busier than Mini grey's other picturebooks. I had to stop half way through because it couldn't hold my attention between 7 different toys making comments in speech bubbles, and the vast amount of spot illustrations and and text boxes over full-page spreads.

Just too busy.
It's a long, lonely night for seven toys left outside after the boy with whom they live goes to bed. To keep the toys from becoming too frightened, the WonderDoll spins a tale of a lien in search of its own lost toy. Searching everywhere, it has amassed quite a collection of toys, not not its Cuddles. The ending will make readers smile, of course, since that is always the way it is. After all, once you find something, why would you continue to look for it? I enjoyed how the illustrations showed ...more
James Koppert
Aug 01, 2015 James Koppert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story that tells a story. cute, imaginative and fun
Courtney Lauren Smith
May 03, 2015 Courtney Lauren Smith rated it it was amazing
Toys in Space by Mini Grey is a wonderful book about seven toys who get left outside one summer night for the first time ever. As the sun starts to set the toys begin to get frightened, all except for the wonderdoll. She tells them all a story to help calm them down and help them drift off to sleep. Then out of nowhere the dolls are being taken up to a spaceship by a beam of light. The alien who had picked them up has been looking for his lost doll cuddles and was hoping it might be with them. O ...more
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: This was a fun and imaginative book! Both my child and I had fun every time we read this book. Toys in Space follows seven toys who are left in the backyard overnight for the first time. What I love about the story is that rather than have the action happen to the toys, the toys are imagining (and telling) a story in which they are taken to space in order to pass the time until morning when their owner will come and take them back inside.

Each of the seven toys has their ow
Patricia Stephens
Oct 23, 2014 Patricia Stephens rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
This was a very cute story having to do with space, and toys coming to life when people are not around. It was far from the traditional structure of most stories because the toys were making side comments, and were apart of the story while also not being apart of the story at the same time. If you happen to read the book, you will understand what I mean by that. Basically, the toys are forgotten and left in the yard when they discover space and stars for the first time when it gets dark. To pass ...more
Wooden Horse
Feb 26, 2014 Wooden Horse rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
For weeks I have heard from the little guy that I'm going to be eaten by aliens. He is rather humored by this thought and sometimes get a bit graphic about it asking what I would taste like to the aliens and which parts they would eat first. It doesn't really phase me. However... I have been bringing one book a week that has an alien them and each week he is terrified that it's a real book about aliens and is very hesitant to have me read it. This week he informed me that I shouldn't scare him. ...more
Oct 18, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it
This book looked at the affect the outer world can have on this Earth. It didn't go into great detail about Space and it's incredible facts. It is a simple and short story about how toys that are left behind might be zapped up into space by an alien, as so happens in this book. The alien turned out to be ironically nice and understanding - which is unlike everyones idea of what an alien should be like. Therefore this story could teach children about the disadvantages of sterotyping and what a st ...more
Nov 04, 2014 Anna added it
Shelves: children-s-lit
One night the toys were left outside and they see the stars for the very first time. One of the toys narrates a story about a spaceship that abducted some toys. Aboard the ship is a space creature that is looking for it’s lost toy, Cuddles. In the process of searching for Cuddles, the creature has gained thousands of toys that needed to go home! The abducted toys try to cheer up the space creature and in the end everyone is happy to find what they were looking for.

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Jan 07, 2014 babyhippoface rated it liked it
Kids love toys. Duh. So they are automatically drawn to just about any book about toys. Mini Grey's bright and colorful illustration will get kids' attention right off the bat, then the subject matter will suck them right in, much like an alien spaceship sucks in its victims (see below).

When some toys are left outside, they are afraid terrible things will happen to them. In an effort to calm them, WonderDoll looks at the stars above them and is inspired to tell them a story. The tale is all abou
Katelyn Krigbaum
In the story Toys in Space, it tells the story of a group of toys that were left outside in the grass to look up at they sky and star gaze. After a while they realized one of the stars were getting bigger and bigger until they found that it wasn't a star at all, it was a spaceship. As the toys venture through space they meet a lonely alien who is in need of some help and friends. The illustrations are elaborate enough that it will capture the readers eye and stay interested but also able to focu ...more
Mar 24, 2015 Quentin rated it it was amazing
We read this one several times. I did different voices. Best lines:

For the first time... (turn page), the toys saw THIS (picture of stars)
The robot who says, "What's THOSE"? and the cowboy who responds: They're the stars, stupid--dang it, don't ya know what the stars is?

The robot who says, "What's ALIENS"? cowboy who says "You ninny"

cowboy who says:
No dang alien is drooling at me
No dang drooling alien is probing me!

The worried dinosaur/alligator says "Will there be a happy ending? I do hope t
As the toys experience their first night out, Wonderdoll relates a tale of abduction to pass the time.

Quite often the toys interject with their own thoughts (being the embodiment of the thoughts of a child reading this), so Wonderdoll changes the story to meet their requests. For this, the pages are split into panels, from which the group can observe events.

For toys who have been forgotten outside, the topic of a lost stuffed animal getting found again is appropriate. While there are more emoti
Jul 08, 2013 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A group of toys are left outside overnight for the first time. There is Wonderdoll, a robot, a cowboy and horse, a dinosaur, a sheep, and a rabbit. All of them left in the dark, gazing up into the starry sky. They are all scared, but then Wonderdoll starts to tell a story. It is a story of seven toys left out at night under the stars, but then one star gets bigger and bigger until they can see that it is actually a spaceship! The seven toys are beamed aboard the spacecraft and meet a glove-shape ...more
Sep 29, 2012 Carly rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
Toys in Space is a fantastically fun and highly entertaining adventurous read! We were easily hooked into this from the first pages and we really couldn't wait to see where the story was going to take the toys! The illustrations in this are a real treat, they are so different and varied that you will be in awe from start to finish. The storyline is brilliant, fun filled, action packed and the writing really is excellent. Toys in Space is a highly addictive book that will keep your little one glu ...more
Aug 01, 2013 Joella rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, space, toys
A group of toys are left outside one night. In order to pass the time (and to help them not be so scared of the dark) The WonderDoll starts telling them a story. She tells how they were beamed onto an alien spaceship where a space creature is collecting toys that have been left outside in hopes of finding his “Cuddles” (the alien’s toy) that is missing. But the toys are concerned that all the toys the alien has collected will never find their homes. Instead of keeping all the snatched toys, this ...more
Toys in Space is about seven toy friends left in the backyard. To keep them preoccupied from their fears, Wonderdoll makes up a story about an alien who is in search for his beloved lost toy. A story within a story as told by Wonderdoll with a little help from her friends.

The story itself is a bit off-the-wall that may suit certain reader taste. You'll have to read it more than once to appreciate it.

This is a unique, quirky fantasy picture book that will spark the imagination of readers and may
Oct 28, 2015 Jack rated it liked it
Shelves: k-g-4
Left outside overnight, Wonderdoll tells the other toys a story to comfort and entertain them. It is "A very silly (not-to-scary) STORY about LOSING a beloved TOY." Each toy has their own personality. It is a bit of "Lost in Space" mixed up with "Where do all the lost socks go?" Of course, I love the little sheep.

Age Range: 5 - 8 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
Lexile Measure: 520L
Jan 26, 2015 Karen rated it it was ok
I bought this book because of the title. Sadly, the best thing about this book was the title.

The story starts off just fine -- it's good, even -- but then it tells to get way too busy and way too silly and it completely falls apart. And then the ending falls flat.

The illustration does suit the story very well; so well, in fact, that it become just as annoying as the text.

Jul 23, 2014 June rated it liked it
Recommends it for: alien and toy requests
I was charmed by this story of 7 toys left outside one summer night. Blue Rabbit demands a story and WonderDoll began Once upon a time there were seven toys left out in the garden." A spaceship, an alien and a thousand lost toys and a happy ending are included.

I will have to try this in my toy or summer story time.
What happens when you forget to bring your toys inside for the night? They go on an imaginary trip to outer space of course! Mini Grey's newest picture book is an adventurous romp told in a graphic novel format. The premise of the secret life of toys will surely attract young readers' attention (Toy Story, anyone??) and the engaging format with cartoon-ish illustrations and humorous asides from characters on every page will keep them reading to the last page. This title is a sure-fire winner for ...more
Shenaz Begum
Jun 30, 2013 Shenaz Begum rated it it was amazing
The toys are left outside on a summers night and they find this very scary. Therefore, WonderDoll decides to take charge and whilst looking up at the open starry sky she tells the rest of the toys a story. The story is of an alien who beams up lost toys and he does this because he is looking for his lost toy. In doing so he has collected a lot of toys, WonderDoll uses her story telling skills to get the rest of the scared toys mind off of the scary outdoors at night. WonderDoll succeeds and soon ...more
Sharon Lawler
Seven toys are forgotten in the garden where they spend the night. To help them with their fears of being in the dark, Wonder Doll spins a a tale of an alien and his toy-filled spaceship. A couple of plot twists, and funny dialogue made this a fun read!
Feb 17, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
One of my kids' new favorites, requested at least once a week. My space-loving toddler is just crazy about the whole thing, especially the sad alien, and my early reader loves the story-within-the-story structure. Fun to read, great illustrations.
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Oh, the imagination and wild illustrations! Mini Grey is in a league of her own.

Toys in Space highlights what could happen when toys are left outside overnight. It's the first book I read on the subject and it can be a real fear for children. The new theme was my favorite part of the story before it got strange. The toys tell a story and they get beamed into a spaceship and meet an alien - a young alien - looking for a toy. The most disappointing section was the brief talking about probing. Prob
Ms Threlkeld
Oct 13, 2014 Ms Threlkeld rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Interesting illustrations and the different character voices bump this up to a 3. The story itself was a smidge lackluster and the message at the end was disappointing.
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