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Too Many Toys

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,277 Ratings  ·  252 Reviews
Spencer has too many toys! His father trips over them, his mother falls over them, and the house is overflowing with junk. Now its time to give some of the mountain of goodies away, but Spencer finds it hard. In the end, he fills a box, but decides the one toy he can't part with is the box!
Paperback, 33 pages
Published 2008 by Scholastic
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Jun 28, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Another wonderful David Shannon book that my 5-yr-old and preschoolers loved. They could all relate to having too many toys and having to give some away, and Mommy yelling about them, and Daddy swearing when he steps on Legos in bare feet. With intricate illustrations and enough words to make it a level 2 or level 3 reading book, this was enjoyed by all. Once again our love for Shannon abounds.
Jun 13, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
After moving recently and feeling completely overwhelmed with the quantity of toys my kids had, I checked this out of the school library in hopes that it will encourage the kids to donate toys. It was way funnier than I expected, and was one of the few books that every member of my family laughed about with equal pleasure. Every excuse my kids have given as to why they can't donate a particular item (grandma gave that to them for their 4th birthday, etc) was all here! It was as if Davis Shannon ...more
Nov 25, 2008 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: preschool and up
Shelves: picture-books
Personally, I find David Shannon's wide-eyed, manic characters to look a little frightening (maybe it's because their eyelashes look like stitches to me), but kids adore his books, and the exaggerated style does add to the humor. Little Spencer can't possibly get rid of any of his beloved toys, even when his dad steps barefoot on a Lego. The pages are crammed full of toys, making for fun I-Spy-ish lap reading, but might not translate from a distance for group reading. However, groups will love t ...more
Lisa Engebretson
Grade level: K-3

Too Many Toys is a current day applicable story that details the trials and tribulations of having a child agree to part with their beloved toys. Spencer's mom negotiates with Spencer through out the book and in the end Spencer realizes that the best toy ever is the box that they had piled all of his toys to donate in.

Genre: Contemporary realistic fiction because Spencer is a character who experiences the joys and sorrow right along with today's reader. The issues apply to today
Megan Cureton
Too Many Toys is a book about a young boy named Spencer that just simply has too many toys. They are everywhere in the house. Down the stairs, into the living room, and even under his bed. Spencer got toys all the time from everyone, so having too many toys was never such a thing. But one day, when his dad and mom started to trip and step on his toys, she decided that it was time Spencer got rid of some of them. After debating back and forth of which ones to get rid of and which ones to keep, th ...more
Samantha Mckay
Too Many Toys is a story of a little boy named Spencer who had too many toys. They covered his room, the stairs, the backyard, and even the bathroom. He liked to set them all up and have toy parades. Spenser had so many toys that they started to cause a hazard around the house. Spenser’s mom eventually got so fed up with the toys that one day told him he needed to get rid of some of them. He made a deal and was supposed to box them up, but of course decided after they were all in the box that he ...more
Courtney Dyer
David Shannon is a master at expressing exactly what children and their parents think, feel, and say. In his book Too Many Toys, he captures the sheer essence of childhood that every child and parent alike will find to ring true. The realistic dialogue between a mother and her child paired with Shannon’s typical brightly energetic illustrations really brings this ever popular event in a young child’s life to light.

Spencer has too many toys- they cover his bedroom floor, fill his closet, hide un
Araceli Aispuro
According to Spencer, there could never be too many toys. Spencer owns all kinds of toys. From big toys to small toys, quiet to loud toys, stuffed animals, planes, trains and much much more. There were toys all over the place. Everyone he knew gave him toys, whether it be for his birthday, the holidays, and even the when he went through the drive-thru. Finally his mom decided that it was time to get rid of some of the toys. Through the arguments, fussing, and the fighting Spencer finally gave up ...more
Michaela George
According to Spencer, there is no such thing as too many toys. Spencer owns all kinds of toys. There were big toys to small toys, quiet to loud toys, stuffed animals, planes, trains and much more. There were toys all over the place. Everyone he knew gave him toys, whether it was for his birthday, the holidays, or even when he went through the drive-thru. Finally his mom decided that it was time to get rid of some of the toys. This was something that Spencer was not ok with. Through the arguments ...more
Alexis Kydon
Dec 06, 2014 Alexis Kydon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
Too Many Toys is another cute David Shannon read. I think the text is cute and it's a good read for a parent or guardian and their kid. It's about how Spencer doesn't want to give away any of his toys, but it's obvious that he has too many. His dad trips over them and his mother is sick of the hoarding. The whole book is her trying to convince Spencer to go through his toys to see what he doesn't want anymore. They wind up gathering a bunch that he doesn't need anymore. It's difficult because he ...more
Jan 28, 2014 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very humorous book that would be great to use for a writing unit on persuasive writing. The main character, Spencer has too many toys, and when his mother makes him choose which toys to trash, negotiations ensue. Wild and colorful illustrations (in David Shannon's hallmark style) are a hit with children. The best part, perhaps, is the surprise ending that should strike a familiar chord with children: Spencer discovers that the best toy is not a toy! This plot twist could lend itself to ...more
Heather Langendorff
According to the main character- Spencer, there is no such thing as too many toys. He owns all kinds of toys. He owns big toys and small toys, quiet and loud toys, stuffed animals, planes, trains and much more. Everyone he knew gave him toys, whether it was for his birthday, the holidays, or even when he went through the drive-thru. Finally his mom decided that it was time to get rid of some of the toys. Although this was not easy, Spencer fought his mom with arguements on this, he finally gave ...more
Carole Roman
Mar 26, 2014 Carole Roman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love David Shannon's books. They are heartfelt and hilarious. The illustrations are both fun and a relief from all the pastel "babyish" books. This book was cute, but "No David" remains my favorite. It always leaves me with a smile. I have a David of my own and the universality of Shannon's characters strike a cord. Too Many Toys is how every parent feels when they look at the thousands of broken pieces, toys bubbling out of couch cushions, invading every bit of space so it feels like they are ...more
Lakeira King
This was a really great picture book and the illustrations were awesome!
Spencer has a hard time getting rid of the millions of toys he has and it kind of reminded me of the TV show Hoarders: Buried Alive. Very funny book!
Cortney Perkins
Sep 23, 2015 Cortney Perkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
Too Many Toys is about a boy who gets toys for every occasion even the fourth of July. He gets toys from friends, grandparents, parents and even gets toys when it someone else's birthday. Students enjoy this story because every page is illustrated and filled with toys all over. When I read this aloud, I gave the students extra time to just look at all of the toys on the page. The boys mom tells him he has too many toys and needs to pick out some to give away, but that does not goes so well becau ...more
The opening pages of this book reminded me of my boys because they were surrounded with toys that came from us, their grandparents, birthday parties, and yes, from McDee's. Lots of those little toys. They had Beanie Babies, Tonka Trucks, Legos, puzzles, games, trains, books, airplanes, and dolls. They had toys that worked and toys that were broken. They had toys in toy boxes, toys under the bed, toys in the bathtub, toys in the living room and toys in the kitchen. They played with my pots and pa ...more
Dec 23, 2008 Tasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Spencer has way too many toys. They pile up in his room, fill his sandbox and float in his bath. Everyone gives him toys, all of his relatives, his friends, and even the restaurants his family eats at. His parents reached a point after stepping on Legos and tripping on train tracks where something had to be done. Spencer's mother asks him to fill a box with toys he is willing to give up. But it isn't that easy. Deals must be made and agreed to before any toys can be put in the box.

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Eva Leger
Feb 27, 2011 Eva Leger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: julias-books
If this author knew me and my family I'd swear this was about us. Julia is this little boy. I am his Mom. I've even done the same exact falling bit she does when she's carrying the load of clothes in her arms and I'm fairly positive my face looked like hers also although I hate to admit it. (I do want to note that there is no man looking like the husband she had on the previous page. I can do without that thank you. And before I forget, I'm pretty sure my butt and thighs don't look like hers. Th ...more
This book is about a young boy who has too many toys. His mother tries to make him understand that he has too many and that he doesn’t even play with all of them. So she tells him that he needs to get rid of some of them and the ones that he gets rid of goes in a box. They argue back and forth about what toys to get rid of and in the end there is a surprise that will shock every reader.
““Your were right Mom!” Spencer called from his bedroom. “I do have too many toys. But we can’t
Feb 14, 2012 Yolanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That amount of toys that little Spencer accumulates is so out of control that his mother finally decides to make him get rid of some of them. The only problem that stands in the way is the main character Spencer . He can't stand to part with any of his toys, both tiny and large, because of the sentimental attachments he has made with all of them. The Author David Shannon reminds us of how children are constantly being bombarded with toys, whether it is one found in a cereal box or as a prize won ...more
Bethany Emmons
Feb 13, 2015 Bethany Emmons rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What Surprised me about this reading was that it was very fun to read especially with a 3 year old who has a messy room with too many toys. It was fun to interact with her and making connections to the story. The book took place at home where the little boy David who has too many toys. I would keep students reading by relating it to their lives and asking them fun questions.
:Donna Marie
TOO MANY TOYS Certainly, at least for many families in America, this book rings all too true! While reading, I felt like I had travelled back in time to when my son was a boy. And what I loved best about this book was its spot-on ending. David Shannon hit the nail on the head with that :D And, yes, you'll just have to read it to see how it ends :)
Feb 23, 2014 Sheri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book written and illustrated by David Shannon is about a child with too many toys that become a household hazard. He received them from multiple parties, drive through restaurants, and Christmas. It is about the parents haggling with Spencer over what to give away. He agrees with to lose a pirate egg that belongs to Dad. I found Spencer negotiating each toy with mother a little out of character of a school age boy.Spencer decides on an interesting new toy twist at the end. This story is mor ...more
Allison Parker
Spencer has a lot of toys. He has shiny toys, wooden toys, video games, stuffed animals, action figures, board games, puzzles, trains and cars and Legos. Every birthday and holiday, all of his family and friends give him a brand new toy, and he never gets rid of anything. But finally, Spencer’s mom decides she’s tripped over the last toy, and Spencer has to get rid of at least some of the toys.

This book reminded me of how I used to spread out all my toys in parades and things when I was little,
Annie Carbutt
Spencer has too many toys, and his mother says it’s time to get rid of some. But Spencer fights to keep each one. When Spencer and his mother finally fill a box for throw-aways, Spencer discovers what a great toy the box is and empties it out. This picture book is well-illustrated and humorous. The words accompany the pictures perfectly to the point that they almost disappear on the page. The color pallet is bright and loud, suitable for the messy situation of a house overflowing with toys. The ...more
Michele Stalmer
A fun, colorful story about extended family members and accumulation. A picture book that boys will especially be excited about, this title is one that parents as well as teachers will want to read again with their kids. It also has a moral - many times the most enjoyable items are ones you make, not buy. Fun doesn't always come in a wrapped box - it comes from our endless imaginations.
Ryan Rotuna
Mar 25, 2015 Ryan Rotuna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-selection
Too Many Toys is a colorful and fun story of a problem that so many parents face these days. It has some clever hidden meanings as well in that it talks about every occasion being celebrated with some little junky toy as well as when - in the end - what Spencer liked the most of all...
Jun 04, 2011 Marcia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: K-2,
David Shannon knows kids. This is the story of a boy with too many toys--they have overflowed his room and are taking over the house. Brand new and well-loved alike. His mom begs him to get rid of some, which results in a trial-like discourse as he pleads and counters each offer. When the box is finally full we seem to have reached a happy conclusion.
The final page is a hoot--which every parent will fully understand (the punch line seems to be aimed at parents rather than children.)
This was a f
Amy J
Nov 13, 2014 Amy J rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
David Shannon does it again. With his wonderfully simple story telling and his bright illustrations he tells the tale of too many toys and our childrens death grip on their property and that their release comes at a price. Too true to life. Hilarious.
Jake Rideout
Jul 13, 2009 Jake Rideout rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit, I'm a HUGE David Shannon fan. This new one is no exception--in fact, it just might be my favorite of his. It's about a little guy, Spencer, who has way too many toys. His parents keep stepping on them and tripping over them until finally it's time for them to go. Spencer's mother makes him choose a bunch to donate to less fortunate children, and when he's decided which ones to give away she loads them all in a box. When she comes upstairs to get the box, she finds all the toys d ...more
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David Shannon is the author and illustrator of many highly praised books for children. Born in Washington, D.C., he grew up in Spokane, Washington. He graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, with a fine arts degree, and then moved to New York City. His editorial illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, Time, and Rolling Stone, and his artwork has appeared ...more
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