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The Brave Little Toaster (The Brave Little Toaster #1)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  200 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Feeling abandoned by their beloved master, a vacuum cleaner, tensor lamp, electric blanket, clock radio, and toaster undertake a long and arduous journey to find him in a faraway city.
Hardcover, 78 pages
Published April 2nd 1986 by Doubleday Books for Young Readers
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Disch clearly had a rather tense relationship with God, who is notorious for His sense of humor. I can hear the conversation.

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.
The Brave Little Toaster was originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction which I think is an important point. Its first audience was for adults and not children. The tone of the tale is rather melancholy if cute and, while I totally understand why children love it, I believe it is first and foremost a fantasy tale for adults. In the years, it has been elevated to classics status despite the really poor Disney film that was ripped from this cute but quiet novella. Avoid th ...more
James Steele
Written with all the formality and eloquence of a children’s book from the nineteenth century, The Brave Little Toaster is the story about five appliances in a remote, abandoned cabin who travel across the forest to find their master. Think Homeward Bound, but with a toaster, a hoover, an electric blanket, a radio and a lamp.

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
Ask some people about an important, life-changing film, and they are likely to name something such as The Godfather. For me, that film is The Brave Little Toaster.

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
"toaster" Kurt Kanarski
This book is a testament to how inanimate objects like myself can still be brave. Back when I was a young heating coil, my Manufacturing Overlord Machine, or M.O.M. would read this book to me each and ever day, to help me be brave once I left the production line. This book has also helped me get through hard times, like last Tuesday when I accidentally burnt the Eggo's and my owner threw me out the window in rage caused by lack of breakfast, I am currently homeless, but thanks to this book I can ...more
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
Many years ago I saw a video of the animation of this story in a shop and loved the title, but didn't buy it. I ran across the original story the other day so I gave it a look. It pretends to be a bedtime story, but for appliances, not children! And the text is definitely not directed towards small children, what with the squirrels and their obsession with the male/female divide and their dubious taste in jokes.

The story can be read on several levels, and interpreted as a fable denouncing today'
Raevyn ~I Stand For Jesus~
Far less childish then the movie. A classic that needs more recognition.

A problem: It's dated slightly...
I don't know how to express my feelings when I learned that The Brave Little Toaster had actually been a novel, and the sequel where they go to Mars. What?

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
Rebecca McNutt
What's odd about this child-like novel is that it was originally aimed at adults, not children (despite the multiple Disney film adaptations). And while it wasn't particularly scary, it did leave a lingering disturbing feeling after reading it. Disch, by putting human emotions and sentience into a group of outdated electrical appliances, has the ability to make readers feel sorry for these appliances as they are cast out and replaced, left to look everywhere in search of "Master", a young boy wh ...more
A charming odd-ball of a book. Science fiction? Children's story? You decide, but this is a total
pleasure to read. The movie, although good, diverged significantly from the book, and was not,
I think, as much fun.
A wonderful story, the appliances are real and funny. They have feelings, emotions and character. I fell in love from the first page to the last. Kudos to Mr Disch.
I adored this book and I do believe I actually like it better than the movie version. Now I just wish I could find a copy of it for a reasonable price.
A lovely little story. But surprisingly, I like the movie even better!
Drew Graham
I loved the animated film adaptation of this SO much when I was young, and until recently I didn't even realize it was based on a book. I looked it up and discovered it was rather short (not entirely unexpected), and of course had to read it. A sort of delightfully odd mix between The Incredible Journey and Toy Story, this is a book about five intrepid minor appliances who, finding themselves abandoned in their beloved master's summer cottage, decide to brave the dangerous wilderness and journey ...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

I really wanted to give this book two and a half stars, but struggled between compromising at two stars or three. I settled on the former option, as one can see.
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
It's easy to find the movie version, but the book is somewhat harder to track down. Its major appeal is its appealingly spunky main characters and -- which I imagine is harder to translate to screen -- its whimsical tone.

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
Kristina Marie
Hmmm, this one is weirder than I thought it would be. I am not a fan of the way he tells the story- like a fairy tale almost.
I didn't know that The Brave Little Toaster was a book before being adapted into the movie I remember from my childhood. And I have to say, the book is kind of awesome. It's written with a formalized elegance that you might expect from older stories, but the tone is absolutely perfect. It's a quiet story and it's easy to love these intrepid little appliances.

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)
Lynne Page
cute book for younger children.
Aug 09, 2007 R. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2007
Cute 78-page novella...originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in August 1980 (and nominated for a Hugo and a Nebula).

Apparently, the movie "stars" Jon Lovitz and Phil Hartman. Check out the quotes at

(the book is sehr melancholy; not madcap as the quotes would suggest)
I remember enjoying this movie as a kid but never knew it was a book first. It's really a beautiful little story. So simple but very well crafted. There are puns but they are subtle and thoughtful, not groan-inducing at all. I can't possibly imagine what might happen in the sequel based on the title but this was so well written I will gladly take a look.
Just read it, loved it. Yet another book designed for adults but taken over, somewhat, by children. It's a quick, but elegant read. Perfect for any 'grown-up' who made the salt and pepper shakers talk at the supper table while Mom looked on with exasperation and Dad smiled his approval.

Kathy Chambers
Oct 12, 2014 Kathy Chambers marked it as to-read
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It's hard to separate the book from the movie - having seen the movie so many times. You rather miss some things that you are used to in the movie. The ending is different, but not disappointing.
Why did I wait so long to read this? It's so> much better than the movie, full of typical Disch wit, and I wish it were better known.
I had forgotten about this book until I read Ginnie's review. I believe I liked it better than my daughter.
Very sharp, tons of heart, an interesting read.
Riley-Dene Morley
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Poet and cynic, Thomas M. Disch brought to the sf of the New Wave a camp sensibility and a sardonicism that too much sf had lacked. His sf novels include Camp Concentration, with its colony of prisoners mutated into super-intelligence by the bacteria that will in due course kill them horribly, and On Wings of Song, in which many of the brightest and best have left their bodies for what may be genu ...more
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“It considered trying to explain their error to them, but what would be the use? They would only go away with hurt feelings. You can't always expect people, or squirrels, to be rational.” 14 likes
“The forest stretched on seemingly forever with the most monotonous predictability, each tree just like the next - trunk, branches, leaves; trunk, branches, leaves. Of course a tree would have taken a different view of the matter. We all tend to see the way others are alike and how we differ, and it's probably just as well we do, since that prevents a great deal of confusion. But perhaps we should remind ourselves from time to time that ours is a very partial view, and that the world is full of a great deal more variety than we ever manage to take in.” 10 likes
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