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Teddy's Favorite Toy

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  609 ratings  ·  123 reviews
A mom goes to great lengths to rescue her son’s favorite doll in this delightful tribute to treasured toys—and mothers.

Teddy has a lot of cool toys. But his very favorite doll has the best manners, the sickest fighting skills, and a fierce sense of style.

Then one morning, something truly awful happens. And there’s only one woman fierce enough to save the day. Can Teddy’s m
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 27th 2018 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 2018)
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Alexis Jackson
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This should be on every child's bookshelf.
There's a stance, but it's not overwhelming; it's integrated beautifully without feeling forced.
Colleen
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 This is the first picture book I’ve ever read with the phrase ‘Yass queen!’ and I’m totally into it.
La Coccinelle
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
When I picked up this book, I didn't really read the synopsis. I thought it would be some gender norm-shattering story about a little boy whose favourite toy just happens to be a fashion doll. But that part of the story is pretty much glossed over and taken for granted. It's really more of a story about a little boy idolizing his mother, and his favourite toy acting as a representation of everything he loves about her. Unfortunately, it also featured a rather inexplicable dose of cultural approp ...more
Piyali
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read for so many reasons. Thanks to my friend who handed this book to me!
Tasha
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Teddy has lots of toys he likes, but only one favorite one: Bren-Da, the Warrior Queen of Pacifica. They have tea parties together and she has great manners. They fight battles together and she does a wonderful kick. She can dress up in different styles. But then one day, when Teddy is playing with her, Bren-Da’s leg snaps off. Teddy tries to fix her, but has to leave for school and he keeps her wrapped up in bandages until he can return. Unfortunately, Teddy’s mom cleans up his room and acciden ...more
Peter
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, children-s
Such a great book and a must recommend. This book shows how far we have come in terms of acceptance in what kind of person you can be and what kind of people your children are and will become. So great.
Jessi
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not quite what I was expecting, but still fun! I gave an extra star because it says "yas, queen" on one of the pages. :)
Marissa Elera
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My favorite picture book of the year!!!! Yasssss, queen!!!
Paula
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture
Teddy's favorite toy is "Bren-Da, Warrior Queen of Pacifica" with many skills. Wonderful story when Mom springs into action after throwing Bren-da away.
Delanie
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-and-tots
One of the best picture books Ive ever come across!
Pamela
That Teddy loves his Barbie best of all is secondary to the mom rescuing a mistakenly discarded beloved toy. But it may set up kids w unrealistic expectations of what a well-meaning mom could do to fix a mistake of this kind. My sister got rid of her kids’ Star War toys way before the kids would have liked but there was no way to get them back. Sometimes a valued item gets lost or broken, or thrown or given away and you must just carry on without it. Showing a mom using almost super powers to fi ...more
Maggie
My son's name is Teddy!
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Teddy's Favorite Toy by Christian Trimmer, illustrated by Madeline Valentine. PICTURE BOOK. Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Simon & Schuster), 2018. $18. 9781481480796.

BUYING ADVISORY: Pre-K, EL(K-3) - ADVISABLE

AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE

Teddy's favorite toy is an awesome doll he calls Bren-Da. She gets broken/injured during one of their adventures one morning, and Teddy uses various tapes, strings, etc to try and fix her up before school. While he's gone, his mom mistakes Bren-Da for garbage and
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BiblioBickie
Similar to Knuffle Bunny but perhaps a bit less realistic (Mom fishes favorite toy out of garbage truck after what seems to be several hours). Regardless, the realism of the plot is not all that important. This story is easily related to by pre-schoolers who often love to make up stories based on facts or even are not sure what the facts actually are. The facts in this story are that Teddy's favorite toy breaks, he tries to fix it by wrapping it up until it is unrecognizable, Mom throws it away ...more
Ben Truong
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Teddy's Favorite Toy is a children's picture book written by Christian Trimmer and illustrated by Madeline Valentine, which is about a boy's favorite toy that his mother accidentally threw out and the lengths that she would go through to get the toy back.

Trimmer's text is rather simple and straightforward. It is a fantastical tale about a mother who would go through great lengths to rescue her child's favorite toy. Valentine's illustrations are wonderful depicted and depicted the text rather wel
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Marsha
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a cute little picture that immediately subverts expectations. You see a boy holding up a Barbie-doll clone on the cover and think that this is going to be a story about a kid defending his choices and values. But Teddy isn’t being bullied by other children or chastised by his parents to pick the “right” kind of toys. He enjoys his playthings, enjoys fooling around with them and does so without discrimination or knowledge that there’s anything odd about his choices.

So what we get is a sto
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Child960801
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a cute little story about a little boy who's favourite toy breaks and then is accidentally thrown out by his mother, but is rescued in the end. It's not a long or complicated story and there aren't a lot of words.

I really liked this book, however, because it's doing some important things. Teddy plays, unapologetically, with a pink doll. He plays with her in a variety of ways and this is accepted without any kind of judgment being made about it. Also, Teddy's mother is the only parent sho
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Jana
Those that have ever played with their favorite toys so actively that there was inevitably a catastrophe, will definitely be able to relate to this cute picture book. When I think of all of the haircuts and weird experiments I performed with some of my dolls, I have to smile at this story. Timmy plays very hard with his doll, until one day a leg snaps off. All of the ways he tries to repair the doll only make more of a mess. He has to leave the problem for later, but when he returns, the doll is ...more
Jessica Brown
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of books that show kids doing something that people don't find "normal", and don't draw any attention to it whatsoever, and thus make it seem totally normal and nothing to make a big deal about; here: a little boy having a doll as his favorite toy. I 100% understand and fully support the fact that yes, sometimes we do need to be loud and proud and take a firm open stance on letting people know that being different is okay and should be celebrated, but I appreciate when someone take ...more
Ms. Shoshana
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn't love this. The illustrations are bright and fun and it's nice that Teddy's favorite toy is traditionally feminine, but it's unrealistic that his mom could rescue the toy after the garbage took actually took it. I would've preferred if they bought or made a replacement, because that's a message kids need to hear - not that mom can bring back a toy from the dump!

Also, I thought the "yas, queen"s were a little weird. Yes, that's absolutely common vernacular right now but I don't think it'l
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Relyn
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: I wouldn't.
Recommended to Relyn by: Junior Library Guild
That that book has cute illustrations is the best thing I can say about it. I really hate it when authors write a message book for kids and forget to add a plot. There is no story here at all. The entire aim is to let boys know it's OK to play with dolls. I'm fine with it if that's your message. I'm the mom who bought my two-year-old daughter two big ol' Tonka trucks for her birthday. My problem is that there's very little story and very little interest in this book beyond the obvious agenda. I ...more
Molly
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
I absolutely love this book about a boy named Teddy whose mother goes to great lengths to rescue his favorite toy, a doll named Bren-Da, after she is accidentally thrown away. It's a wonderful and heartwarming story with great illustrations. It is fantastic that it features a brown boy who loves his doll without it being about the fact that he is brown or that he loves his doll. It is just matter of fact. It is also the first picture book I've ever seen use the words "yas queen," and I loved it. ...more
Raven Black
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
It has one of my favorite things about a book: It did not get preachy over the fact that Teddy's favorite toy is a doll (that is a cross between the Rugrat doll and Barbie). Nobody teases him. Nobody mentioned he is a boy. The story is: Teddy's favorite toy is tossed out and how a real superhero finds it. However, the fact that Teddy did not take care of his toy and yet, is still able to keep his favorite toy was a little off-putting for me. I would have liked to have seen a lesson in loving our ...more
Kelsey
Age: Toddler+
Toys: Doll
LGBTQ: Gender nonconforming

Teddy loves to play--especially with his favorite toy: Bren-Da, Warrior Queen of Pacifica. But when mom is cleaning up and accidentally throws the broken doll, mom springs to action to save Bren-Da from the evil clutches of the garbage truck. The simplicity of the storyline makes this perfect for reading aloud. No adults are seen challenging or questioning Teddy's choices which normalizes the concept of loving what you love, no matter the gender
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Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Preschool+
Toys: Doll
LGBTQ: Gender nonconforming

Teddy loves to play--especially with his favorite toy: Bren-Da, Warrior Queen of Pacifica. But when mom is cleaning up and accidentally throws the broken doll, mom springs to action to save Bren-Da from the evil clutches of the garbage truck. The simplicity of the storyline makes this perfect for reading aloud. No adults are seen challenging or questioning Teddy's choices which normalizes the concept of loving what you love, no matter the gender norms.

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Jo Oehrlein
Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Teddy has lots of different toys, but his favorite is a doll he calls Bren-Da.

I love all the various things he costumes her in.

One day, her leg breaks off. He tries to fix her, but has to go to school while she's still mummified.

Teddy's mom throws Bren-Da away and she makes it to the trash truck.

When Teddy gets home and finds Bren-Da missing, his mom realizes what has happened and does some very unrealistic Bren-Da moves of her own to rescue the doll.

Not sure you want kids to think it's possibl
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Kathleen
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Teddy has toys. Lots of toys. And one favorite toy - not a truck, or a train, or a bulldozer, or a soccer ball. Teddy loves his Warrior Queen of Pacifica doll. They play everhwhere together...until one day...Warrior Queen goes missing. Luckily Teddy's mom is able to save the day.

This picture book is perfect in so many ways. Racially diverse characters, and a boy who loves trucks and dolls. So actually...just a perfect normal kid...with a mom who 100% supports his interests (while being pretty co
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Ame
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Featuring "Yas, Queen!" x 2.

Teddy has ALL kinds of beloved toys, but Bren-Da, his doll, is his absolute fave (I LOVE the hyphen). They drink tea together and fight crime, but when Bren-Da loses a leg, Teddy tries all kinds of methods to fix her. I'm all for books normalizing kids playing with every kind of toy, especially books which show the kid attempting to fix what is broken instead of instantly chucking the toy in the trash.

Tara Carlisle
Yas, Queen! This is a lovely picture book that challenges gender norms. It shows Teddy playing with his favorite toy, a doll named Bren-Da, in nontraditional ways. I love how Teddy's view of Bren-Da as parallels the mom's actions later in the book too. Mom's are super heroes, even though her rescuing Bren-Da from the garbage truck was a little unbelievable. It is still cute and a book that I will be sure to recommend to patrons!
Laura
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. There are so many different things to absolutely adore about this book--from hilarious Teddy and his favorite toy, Bren-DA the Warrior Queen of Pacifica, to his dedicated and amazing mother rescuing said toy from a garbage truck. It was a realistic testament to the lengths that children and mothers will go to to keep things happy, calm, and joyful. Great story of acceptance and challenging gender roles and norms.
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