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Toys in Space

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  272 ratings  ·  59 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...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published August 1st 2012)
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Library Quine
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
Dolly
Jul 31, 2013 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Kathryn
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.
Kristina Lareau
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.
Barbara
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
Patricia Stephens
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
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
Denis Vukosav
“Toys in Space” by Mini Grey is an interesting book for children that teach them the tidiness with a nice story about the alien who collects found toys.

“Toys in Space” is telling story inside the story – when several toys are left outside one night, the WonderDoll to help them not be scared of darkness, will tell them a tale about several toys been beamed onto an alien ship. Inside the alien is living who collects toys that have been left outside due to hope that by doing that it will eventually...more
babyhippoface
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...more
Rachel
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...more
Tasha
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
Carly
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
Joella www.cinjoella.com
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
June
Jul 23, 2014 June rated it 3 of 5 stars
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.
Liz
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
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!
Elizabeth
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...more
Ms Threlkeld
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.
Hazel Wood
My favourite book is Toys in Space because the toys made friends. My favourite character is dinosaur because he was mad. This book is cool.
By George Aged 6
Melanie, Aaron, Annie, and Mary Project
Read by: Annie
Genre: science fiction
Author: Mini Grey
Interest Level: K-2
Grade Level Equivalent: not available

A group of toys are accidentally left outside overnight. They all see the stars for the first time - then a few of them begin to get scared. WonderDoll makes up a story about a group of toys getting beamed up by a spaceship and meeting an alien who, in his quest for his own long lost toy, goes around earth collecting toys that have been left outside. They convince him to return all his co...more
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...more
Jen
This story was very cute; I really liked it. If children leave their toys outside (or in another inappropriate place) this story can serve as a wonderful one to tell them. :)

When the toys were beamed onto the alien ship and saw all the other toys that had been beamed up, I really liked that they convinced the alien to send them all home. After all, the alien was sad over losing his toy, so how must all the children down on Earth feel without their toys?

I also loved that the alien's toy was in th...more
Tracey
Jed's new favorite book. We have read it four nights in a row!
Kris
I like the story-within-a-story format. When the toys are left outside, some of them feel afraid. So WonderDoll tells a story to pass the time, one where the toys all go in a space ship and of course come home safely. Very kid-relate-able, and the way Grey used the space on the page to tell her story and the story that's told within it was clever. I'd hoped for a funnier twist with where the alien's lost toy was, so the ending wasn't as satisfying as the rest of the story, but still, this was fu...more
Betsy
One of those books that wouldn't grab me normally, but seeing children react to it makes me re-evaluate! Mini Grey gets kids and those that enjoy stories about toys that come to life will love this series! This is a book for K-2nd that's more sophisticated than a preschool book. You need a touch of maturity to follow the storyline and read along with a grown-up (or on your own). The text is mixed in with the illustrations in a style similar to a graphic novel, so it's a hard one to read aloud to...more
T
Best part is voicing the cowboy in the worst drawl possible.
Phoebe
Another winner from the author of the brilliant Traction Man, with similarly endearing characters and a wonderfully sweet story. A group of toys is left out in the garden all night, and to quell their fears the unofficial leader, WonderDoll, tells them a story of the Hoctopize and his search for Cuddles. The line between WonderDoll's story and the plotline is blurry, but kids will get it, and be delighted. For a slightly younger audience than Traction Man. Lovely story and lovely art.
Sondra Eklund
Is it a story made up by the Wonder Doll, or did it really happen?

When several toys are left outside, they see the stars for the first time. It's rather scary, so Wonder Doll tells a story. She tells about an alien looking for his own missing cuddles, who beams up toys all over the earth.

They convince the alien to send back the other lost toys he's taken, and they have a party with him on his space ship.

Warm and fun, firmly from the perspective of the toys.
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