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Oddkins: A Fable for All Ages

4.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,041 Ratings  ·  115 Reviews
When the death of their creator leaves them without protection, a band of magic living toys must attempt a dangerous journey across the city to another toyshop, while under attack from evil toys serving the Dark One.

To the world, the Oddkins are just stuffed animals. But all of these soft, cuddly, sweet-faced toys share a wonderful, magical secret... they're alive!

Hardcover, 180 pages
Published September 1st 1988 by Warner Books
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Oct 21, 2008 Keith rated it liked it
When I first read this book as a pre-teen I thought it might have perhaps been not just the best book ever, but the best THING ever. I was totally obsessed with it, thought it needed to be a movie, and went about choosing songs for the soundtrack.

As an adult, I've looked at it again and realized that of course, the thing it has going against it is that it's written by Dean Koontz. Dean Koontz is the sort of embarrassing hack that lends a certain stigma to his guess you'd call it "work"
Aug 26, 2013 Books rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a lovely book for readers of all ages, especially those young enough not to be afraid of the proverbial monsters under the bed! As a huge fan of Koontz’s novels for adults, I was highly surprised to find he wrote a book for kids as young as middle grade, but also a story that can be enjoyed by his most hardcore adult fans. In true Koontz fashion, the story is filled with shockingly evil characters, but well-balanced by good and absolutely adorable characters, as well as a few subtle lessons ...more
Karen B.
Sep 19, 2015 Karen B. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible-books
Oddkins: a Fable for All Ages --- I enjoyed this fable immensely. First, I commend the narrator of the audible book who did a wonderful job with all of the different voices. To read this only as a children's book would be a shame. For me Oddkins rates up there with The Velveteen Rabbit and The Little Prince in the underlying message about doing the right thing. One of my favorite parts was where Koontz paraphrases one of my favorite quotes when he says that to avoid evil one can't just be good, ...more
Sarah Eisele
Dec 26, 2014 Sarah Eisele rated it it was amazing
Oddkins: A Fable for All Ages is written by Dean Koontz and illustrated by Phil Parks. This is a beautiful tale and Parks' illustrations are gorgeous. This fable begins with the kindly toymaker passing away and his wonderful toys -- Oddkins -- setting out on an adventure across the city in search of the new toymaker's shop, pursued by evil toys (from a previous maker).

I think we all had a toy that was magical for us, as children, and the Oddkins seem a natural extension of this idea -- created
Jun 17, 2014 Denise rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, 2014-reads
Solid 3.5 stars

I love children's books with a creep factor. They were some of my favorites growing up. Now,I have a child that lives for scary stories, but they aren't always easy to find for his reading/age level. This book will definitely fit the bill. Great illustrations (but not too many of them) and a well-written good vs. evil plot. The "good" characters were adorable and brave. The "bad" characters were nastier than I expected. The jack-in-the-box made me temporarily afraid of clowns (it'
Todd Russell
Jan 09, 2013 Todd Russell rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Did you know in 1988 Dean Koontz wrote a children's story? Ok, it's billed as a 'fable for all ages' but it's clearly aimed at the younger generation. Think Toy Story meets Small Soldiers meets something Tim Burton might have noodled around a bit on at breakfast and you have Oddkins. Ivan Bodkin is a magical toymaker who dies and leaves his merry band of talking, walking toys to fend for themselves against the bad toys in the basement (subfloor? sub-something?), led by a marionette with an attit ...more
Aug 14, 2013 Rissy rated it it was ok
Shelves: dean-r-koontz
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Ich habe dieses Buch mit meiner besten Freundin in einer Mängelexemplar-Kiste gefunden und weil wir schon lange mal wieder etwas gemeinsam lesen wollten, haben wir es uns gekauft.

Okay, also, was gibt es über dieses Buch zu sagen?

+ Es ist wirklich sehr kurz und lässt sich auch schnell mal zwischendurch lesen.
+ Es ist durchaus unterhaltsam.
+ Die Sprache war meistens sehr einfach, es gab aber zwischendrin immer mal wieder Passagen, die ich fast schon beeindruckend schön geschrieben fand.
+ Obwohl d
Dec 01, 2014 Daniel rated it liked it
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.0 of 5

Initially I was going to refer to this as a dark version of Toy Story. But Toy Story is actually pretty dark. Instead, I would call this Toy Story with an edge.

Isaac Bodkins is an old toy maker who specializes in toys for special children who face extremely difficult lives and need an extra special friend. The toys are called "Oddkins" due to the special living nature and the play on the toy maker's name. But Bodkins pass
Nov 07, 2012 Rebecca rated it it was ok
I had hoped that Oddkins would be a fun Halloween read for my children. I was sad to find that it did not hold their attention at all. I ended up reading Oddkins on my own. Even though there is a definite creep factor in Oddkins I found the story lacking... I just didn't have an interest in what was going to happen next. The illustrations are a redeeming factor in this story, I more than once skipped ahead to see the pictures.
Cathy Ryan
Mr Isaac Bodkins, the toymaker, was dead. His magical toy animals, who he nicknamed Oddkins because they were odd (as in alive) and kin (because they were his family) were sad and scared. Isaac had made the toys especially for children who are suffering in some way and need a special and secret friend. A friend who will guide and support, and help them fulfil their potential. Isaac thought he had a little more time but died before he could talk to city toymaker Colleen Shannon about taking over ...more
Jennifer Medlin
Jan 07, 2011 Jennifer Medlin rated it it was amazing
I remember my father reading this to me as a child. I could hardly wait for the next night to hurry and come to hear the upcoming chapter. It made me laugh, cry and be afraid of the dolls under my bed...
It is one of the greatest memeories of my childhood and almost impossible to find but if you get the chance never pass up reading it. I think it will steal your heart too.
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Der Autor hat es wahrlich verstanden wie man visuell mit Licht zaubert und Stimmung erzeugt und auch sonst ist der Inhalt des Buches von etwas magischen geprägt. Für welches Kind waren denn nicht einmal die eigenen Spielzeuge lebendig. Eine Schlacht von Gut und Böse in einem wahrlich harmlosen Sinn und troß allem mit guten wahren Fähigkeiten unterlegt.

Das Cover finde ich sehr stimmungsvoll und atmosphärisch. Es ist gut gestaltet und die einzelnen Elemente glänzen und stehen somit he
Jun 24, 2014 Suzanne rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I requested this book as a fan of Dean Koontz, not knowing that this story was originally published in the 80's. For starters, I must say the illustrations were beautiful, and I regretted only being able to view them in a Kindle version. I think I would have preferred to have a hard copy of the book so I could have taken some more time to appreciate the illustrations. Granted, there weren't as many of them as there usually are
Jan 02, 2009 Lauren rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book when my 5th grade teacher introduced it to us, so much that I waited in a long line of people wanting to read this book. When I found out that it was no longer being published, I became even more determined to read it. Highly recommended!
Melanie Jackson
Nov 11, 2010 Melanie Jackson rated it it was amazing
Oddkins is one of my favorite-- and quirkiest-- Christmas reads and shows Koontz diversity as a writer. Looking for a fun holiday read to share with children over five? This will fit the bill.
Kristi L Clephane`
Jul 10, 2014 Kristi L Clephane` rated it really liked it
Special thanks to Netgalley for this free copy in exchange for an honest review

I had no idea Dean Koontz wrote books directed toward a younger audience. When I saw this book available, I was excited to read it. Of course, as always, Koontz delivers well.

A fable for all ages? Mmmmmm... not quite. Better make sure your kiddo isn't afraid of things that go bump on the night first. Toys that come to life, both evil and good must battle it out. The evil toys are just that, super evil. They gave me a
A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

Dean Koontz and kids books - I was interested to see what he would do with the idea and it wasn't bad at all.

The plot: Longtime toymaker Isaac Bodkins has the gift of creating toys that are alive - living, breathing, magical toys. When he passes away, the toys are forced to leave the shop they call home in search of the next toymaker.

However, things are never that easy. Below, in the sub-cellar of the shop, evil to
Sep 20, 2015 Patrick rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015
When I was a child, one of my teachers read this book aloud to us. I recall really enjoying it, and being vaguely amused that she was reading something so mature to us--not because a story about magical toys is mature, but because when Satan is the antagonist, it's kind of intense for kids.

(I was a weird child.)

The thing is, I couldn't remember the book's name, and it was such an odd story that for years I couldn't even figure out how to find it. Then, ages ago, someone started a LiveJournal com
Sharon Tyler
Nov 07, 2013 Sharon Tyler rated it it was amazing
Oddkins: A Fable for All Ages by Dean Koontz is a book that readers from elementary school ages through adults can understand and enjoy, with beautiful illustrations and a story that feels very real. Isaac Bodkins was a magical toy-maker who creates toys that can come to life in order to help children trough difficult times. He calls his creations Oddkins. However, Isaac has passed away sooner than expected, and before he could train the next toy-maker. The race is now on to weather a good or ev ...more
Oct 26, 2013 Suz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-kid-lit, netgalley
Dean Koontz's fable is what would happen if "Toy Story" met The Velveteen Rabbit. When toymaker Isaac Bodkins dies, the magical toys he has created must make a dangerous journey to find the new toymaker that will take his place. The person they are looking for is Colleen Shannon, a toymaker who can accept her role and continue the work of making magical toys to help children. But there are dark forces at work to prevent Colleen from becoming the next owner of Isaac's factory. Evil toys trapped i ...more
The person who loaned me this book told me it was marketed as a fable for all ages but really might be a bit too scary for the youngest among us. Person also knew that I love me some fables, not to mention talking animals or toys, so I was excited to get into this book. Alas, it wasn’t ultimately my style, but it is a well-written book I could see working for a lot of people.

The plot is a quest where each member of the questing group gets at least one chance to shine. Although I was fairly certa
Alasandra Alawine
May 05, 2013 Alasandra Alawine rated it it was amazing
Very cute. It looks like a children's book but it doesn't have as many pictures as your typical children's book and has many more words.

When Issac Bodkins passes away before he can recruit a new "magic" toymaker his toys must make a dangerous journey across town to recruit Colleen Shannon themselves. Lead by Amos the bear, Burl the elephant, Skippy the rabbit, Butterscotch the dog, Patch the cat and Gibbons bravely set out. But not only do they have to overcome the weather, mean dogs and ally c
I first read Oddkins when I was a kid. I don't remember exactly how old I was, but I must've been at least ten. I remember being frightened, but also very impressed, and absolutely enamored of the illustrations. So, when I saw it was available on Kindle, I picked it up without hesitation.

Oddkins is about a group of stuffed animals who have to go on a journey to find the new toymaker. There are toys bent on stopping them so the toy workshop will go to the forces of evil, instead. Meanwhile, the n
J.E. Rogers
Apr 03, 2013 J.E. Rogers rated it it was amazing
The Oddkins, which I just discovered, and devoured in less than two days, was published back in 1988. I’ve read other books by Koontz, but I hadn’t realized that he wrote children’s stories. Also, I, like many other readers, identify Koontz with horror fiction, but this is a falsehood since Koontz has written many different genres. Nevertheless, Koontz likes to get a bit dark, and the Oddkins is no exception.

We don’t really need to speak to the quality of the writing. The Oddkins is very well w
Sep 29, 2012 Maxine rated it really liked it
When you think of children's authors, you might think Rowling, Lewis, Seuss. But Dean Koontz? Definitely does not spring to mind. Yet, he did write a children's book and, you know what, it's pretty darn good. The Oddkins would best be described as a classic battle between good and evil. A good toy maker has been making toys, the oddkins, magical toys which come alive for children just when they need them. However, the toy maker is dying without having contacted his successor. If she is not conta ...more
Wayne McCoy
Nov 05, 2012 Wayne McCoy rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
A quirky children's book by a master of suspense and horror that is finally back in print. This book was originally published in the 1988 in the US and UK and collector prices have kept it out of the reach of it's intended audience until now.

A toymaker lies dying surrounded by his creations, a group of sentient toys. His last command to them is to visit his successor, in another town, and bestow on her the responsibility of breathing life into toys. There is a competing group of toys and a malev
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Review of Oddkins by Dean Koontz
5 stars

What a delightful tale! Suitable in my opinion for almost all ages, beginning with middle graders on up (although emotionally mature elementary age children who are not scared of the monsters under the bed may enjoy it). “Uncle Isaac,” Isaac Bodkins, toymaker, has created a magical (literally) selection of toys; no, not all his toys, not even the majority. Just some-and these toys are exceptional-for they are designed, each one, to guide a child through th
Cheshire Public Library
Oddkins: A Fable for All Ages by Dean Koontz is a book that readers from elementary school ages through adults can understand and enjoy, with beautiful illustrations and a story that feels very real. Isaac Bodkins was a magical toy-maker who creates toys that can come to life in order to help children trough difficult times. He calls his creations Oddkins. However, Isaac has passed away sooner than expected, and before he could train the next toy-maker. The race is now on to see whether a good o ...more
Oct 26, 2012 Aurora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wer hat als Kind nicht davon geträumt, dass seine Kuscheltiere lebendig wären? In diesem Buch wird dieser Traum Wirklichkeit. Der Klappentext verrät meiner Meinung nach schon recht viel über den Inhalt, zumindest das Wesentlichste, worum es geht: Eine Auswahl an Kuscheltieren macht sich auf den Weg, den Nachfolger für Vater Isaak zu finden, den dieser vorab bereits dazu bestimmt hat. Bevor er diese Nachricht jedoch selbst überbringen konnte, starb er und übertrug die Aufgabe Amos, der als Anführ ...more
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Librarian's Note: This author writes under the name Dean R. Koontz and Dean Koontz. As both names appear on his works, both should be kept.

Acknowledged as "America's most popular suspense novelist" (Rolling Stone) and as one of today's most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Ray Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tal
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