“This has all the charm and delight of a really good picture book, with many more pages to love. Jenkins' characters are endearing, their voices distinct and sincere. Everything about this book is accessible, from the art, to the design, to the characters, to the writing.”
— Sarah Todd, Children's Book World, Haverford, PA
Here is the second book in the highly acclaimed Toys Trilogy, which includes the companion books "Toys Go Out" and "Toys Come Home." Lumphy, Stingray, and Plastic are back And this time the lovable trio finds that their little girl has left for winter vacation and taken a box of dominoes, a stegosaurus puzzle, and two Barbie dolls but not them. Could she have forgotten them? As the girl starts to grow up, the three best friends must join together to brave a blizzard, save the toy mice from the vacuum, and make sure that they ll always have the little girl's love. (And they still have time to throw an all-out dance party with the washing machine )
"From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Emily Jenkins is the author of two previous books about Hank and Inkling. She also wrote the chapter books Toys Go Out, Toy Dance Party, and Toys Come Home, plus a lot of picture books, including Lemonade in Winter, That New Animal, and Skunkdog. She bakes excellent pumpkin bread and, when swimming, wears a purple swim cap and blue goggles.
In a career spanning four decades, award-winning author Diana Wynne Jones (1934-2011) wrote more than forty books of fantasy for young readers. Characterized by magic, multiple universes, witches and wizards--and a charismatic nine-lived enchanter--her books were filled with unlimited imagination, dazzling plots, and an effervescent sense of humor that earned her legendary status in the world of fantasy. In addition to being translated into more than twenty languages, her books have earned a wide array of honors--including two "Boston Globe-Horn Book" Award Honors and the "Guardian" Award--and appeared on countless best-of-the-year lists. Her best-selling Howl's "Moving Castle" was made into an animated film by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki and was nominated for an Academy Award. Diana Wynne Jones was also honored with many prestigious awards for the body of her work. She was given the British Fantasy Society's Karl Edward Wagner Award in 1999 for having made a significant impact on fantasy, and she won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Fantasy Convention in 2007.
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2008: "Poignant and compelling, this sequel sparkles."