Toby wants a dollhouse for his birthday--not the miniature fort, toy farm, or model parking garage family members think he wants--and he finds a way to get his dollhouse and still make his family happy
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PreS-Gr 3 Scamell tells a simple story with an important message hidden inside. All Toby really wants for his birthday is a doll's house. His grandad is convinced that, "He doesn't mean a doll's house" and he and the rest of the child's well-intentioned, short-sighted relatives present the boy with a fort, a farmyard, and a "car-park" instead. Toby accepts them all gratefully and politely. But as the grown-ups proceed to play with the toys they have brought, he takes the boxes in which they arrived and makes a house for the cutout people and furniture he made in anticipation of his gift. Toby's doll's house has "an upstairs, and a downstairs, and a front that opened up." He decorates it with the discarded wrapping paper, and looks forward to the next day when "he would make some flowers for their garden." With their pin-dot eyes, round faces, and round bodies, the characters have an endearing quality. Toby is an imaginative, industrious, and loving boy and his family adores him even though they don't really listen to him. The two double-page spreads of the whole family capture that warmth and affection perfectly. A gentle, quiet selection with plenty of charm. Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY
Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information, Inc.From Publishers Weekly:
Toby wants a dollhouse for his birthday, but the grownups around him have their own ideas. "He means a fort. I always wanted a fort, when I was a boy," says Grandad; Auntie insists that he wants a farmyard; his father, gesticulating enthusiastically, is sure it's "a multi-storey car-park full of toy cars." Toby says polite thank-yous for the presents, then converts the gift boxes into a two-story house for the paper dolls he's been making. British author Scamell (A Prickly Problem) undergirds the simple tale with some droll observations. The tendency of gift givers to give what they want will ring a bell with many readers, and Toby's ability to improvise his own low-tech dollhouse demonstrates that sometimes the best toys don't come from a store. Reynolds's (Harry and the Snow King) moon-faced characters with dot eyes are surprisingly expressive; he depicts the well-intentioned but self-absorbed grownups with humor (they play with the gifts--intended for Toby--with a child's concentration). The book's tweaking of gender stereotypes helps give it an edge, despite its almost blandly sunny first impression. Ages 3-7.
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Book Description Levinson Books, Ltd, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111862330263
Book Description Sterling Pub Co Inc, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Adrian Reynolds (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M1862330263