The Brave Little Toaster (The Brave Little Toaster #1)
God: Tom, they're going to make a movie out of one of your books!
Disch: Oh thank you Lord, fame at last! Which one?
God: Gotcha! The Brave Little Toaster.
Not that there's anything wrong with this book, or the movie for that matter, but the irony is exquisite.
These ordinary household appliances are in the forest on a journey to find their master. Most appliances just sit alone and accept their fate, but not them. They love their ...more
I watched Toaster on the evening of its premiere in 1987 and have no doubt seen it hundreds of times since. It was, and remains, my all-time favorite movie. And while I no longer make construction-paper appliances as I did in elementary school, I continue to collect "Toaster" memorabilia. I'm clearly not the only kid who was thrilled b ...more
The story can be read on several levels, and interpreted as a fable denouncing today' ...more
I of course had to put everything in my life aside until I located a library to request it from. It's a sweet little book, the characterization is a little different and of course some scenes have been shuffled, added or subtracted, but all in all they are good compliments to each other.
If The Brave Little Toaster film held as bright a spot in ...more
Brilliant and wonderful fantasy, one which appeals to a wider readership than its style might at first suggest. Written in the style of a children's fable and manifestly intended as a short instructional tale for children, tipped off by the second part of its full title A Bedtime Story for Small Appliances—the incongruity of five household appliances (a tensor lamp, an electric blanket, an alarm clock radio, a Hoover vacuum cleaner, and the brave little Sunbeam toaster—leader to the others and w...more
I love this story in all its forms, and give a real nod of respect to Thomas M. Disch for the unique creativity that led to the writing of this small novel. The reading level is substantially above what one who has seen the hit movie might expect, but the plot moves along very well and the tidbits of real wisdom to be found about livin ...more
The world here anticipates Toy Story: appliances have a rich life of their own, but live to serve their master. Whenever humans appear, they become inert and lose any self-determination. Honestly, I was never 100% comfortable wit this message of joyful servitude, but given the p ...more
Sadly I had to weed this book from the library's collection due to its age (and the book does show its age in terms of the technology used) ...more
Apparently, the movie "stars" Jon Lovitz and Phil Hartman. Check out the quotes at IMDB.com: http://amazon.imdb.com/title/tt009269...
(the book is sehr melancholy; not madcap as the quotes would suggest)