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Too Many Toys by David Shannon
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Jun 04, 11

bookshelves: grades-1-3, prek, picture-books
Recommended for: K-2,
Read in June, 2011

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 fun book to share with the kindergarten, who when asked, "Who has too many toys?" All hands went up. They could relate.
Shannon's illustrations, as in No David! are very kid-like and add a great deal to the authenticity of the story from the child's perspective.
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