From the moment that the circus boy, Mathias, takes a small roll of paper from the dying conjuror, his fate is sealed. For on it is the key to a terrifying secret, and there are those who ...more
The Toymaker is a man who really isn't in the story much. He appears in the Prologue and you learn how he was able to make really beautiful do ...more
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There is a toymaker who, frustrated with toys that run down, is attempting to put a real heart into a doll, so that it would keep go ...more
Mathias is a helper to Gustav his grandfather, a conjurer and magician in a traveling circus. But why would suc ...more
Mathias is 12 years old. Orphaned at a young age he lives with his Grandfather, Gustav, who is the conjurer for a travelling circus show. Mathias’ life is not a happy one, ...more
Lots of action kept things moving, but there was something I didn't really care for in this story. There was something cold about it, like in an unfeeling, harsh way. In addition, I found it hard to believe the motivations of many of the main characters; it seemed like they were so bound together, yet they had no history together or reason to help one another, even if they were looking for the "mystery" object(s). I felt there was a huge gap left by Mathias's background. *A ...more
Jeremy De Quidt brings a new meaning to the idea of a toy dolly coming to life, and instead of being your play mate, these dolls try to kill you.
Mathias is a ...more
Last year, when reviewing The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey, I stated that it is a book that will have teachers running away from it screaming and teens screaming for more. The Toymaker is another such book. Horror rarely finds allies among adults and it is a very popular genre among young readers. This is a book that I hope libraries will add ...more
But as the days go by, Matthias' grandfather seems to become distracted and distraught, waking up in the middle of the nigh ...more
I enjoyed the story itself and the interactions between the characters but I felt that the ending was very open, perhaps too open. We don't know the fates of the three main characters (and without wanting to say too much, two of the three are left in very precarious positions), the toy ...more
Obviously I loved The Toymaker , because I rated it five stars. But that book is one of the darkest things I've ever read from an elementary school library. It's full of heartless murderers...more
I would have loved to see more about the toys and have that a little more expanded upon. Which it's sort of a mystery.
There is a lot of violence and really b ...more
I think my main problem with this book was that I was expecting something completely different. From the synopsis on the back of the book, I had imagined something very different to how the story actually was, and that for me was very disappointing. The plot in itself is not bad, but this was just not the book for me. I really struggled to get thr ...more
Set in England in about the 18th or 19th century, it's not a book I'd recommend for young readers. I found some of it to be distasteful in a horror sort of way. And I was rather upset with the ending. Very upset. It's not a happily-ever-after sort of book. But it kept me on edge and it deserves 5 stars.
Mathias lives with his grandfather, Gustav, who is a conjurer in a mean little ci ...more
The ending really nailed that coffin shut for me. We never learn what happens to the Toymaker. Dr. Leiter is stopped, but what about the Duke? Matthias doesn't get any good answ ...more