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Teddy's Favorite Toy
Contributor(s): Trimmer, Christian, Valentine, Madeline (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1481480790     ISBN-13: 9781481480796
Publisher: Atheneum
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: February 2018
Annotation: "Teddy's favorite toy has the best manners, and the sickest fighting skills, and the ability to pull off a number of fierce looks. But when his toy goes missing, it turns out there's another woman around who's pretty fierce--it's Teddy's mom, and she will stop at nothing to reunite Teddy with his favorite toy"--
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Dolls; Fiction.
Toys; Fiction.
Lost and found possessions; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Toys, Dolls, Puppets
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Parents
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2016030293
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 12.00" H x 9.25" W x 0.75" (1.05 lbs) 40 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
Teddy loves his redheaded doll in a pink dress with the "sickest fighting skills." One morning, his mother accidentally throws the doll away and must perform some sick moves of her own to catch up with the garbage truck. The story's implicit messages--presenting gender nonconformity as perfectly normal; that parents can become superheroic for their children--ring loud, true, and (particularly in the mixed-media illustrations) funny. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2018 #2)
Teddy has loads of "cool toys," but his favorite is Bren-Da, Warrior Queen of Pacifica, a redheaded doll in a pink dress. Teddy loves Bren-Da not only because she has the "sickest fighting skills" but also because she has impeccable manners and can "pull off a number of different looks." One morning, Teddy accidentally breaks Bren-Da's leg. After he bandages her "wounds" with an excess of Scotch tape and bubble gum, Bren-Da is so unrecognizable that when Teddy is at school his mother mistakes Bren-Da for trash and throws her away. When Teddy returns home to find Bren-Da missing, his mother performs some sick moves worthy of the Warrior Queen of Pacifica herself: she swings from a tree branch and rides a bicycle balancing on its handlebars in order to catch up with the garbage truck making off with Teddy's prized possession. ?The story's implicit messages—that it should be unremarkable when boys play with dolls; that parents can become ?superheroic to do right by their ?children—ring loud, true, and (in a book full of comical flourishes, particularly in the mixed-media illustrations) funny. Trimmer's use of modern-day vernacular ("Yas, queen!") may date this book soon, but in terms of presenting gender nonconformity as perfectly normal, it's ahead of the curve. nell beram Copyright 2018 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 December #1)

Teddy's favorite toy is Bren-Da, Warrior Queen of Pacifica. She's a pink-skinned Barbie-style doll, and Teddy's play with her ranges from action-hero combat sequences ("She has the sickest fighting skills") to extravagant fashion looks worthy of Project Runway or RuPaul's Drag Race. (Teddy's couture creations drape Bren-Da in mismatched socks, a bath pouf, and pretzels in a plastic baggie.) After Bren-Da's leg falls off, Teddy's mother mistakenly throws her away—and readers see the garbage truck take off with the trash. Teddy's mother takes his anguish seriously. Valentine's gouache and pencil drawings blend action and comedy as Teddy's mother chases the truck with daring moves worthy of Bren-Da herself. "Yas, queen!" Teddy shouts in exultation. Trimmer's smart, closely observed portrait celebrates a boy and a mother whose relationship grows out of mutual respect. Although it's left unsaid, Teddy's play resists gender stereotyping in that he's allowed the freedom to play with whatever toys he likes in whatever way strikes his fancy—and the result is an imaginative free-for-all. Ages 4–8. Author's agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. Illustrator's agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Feb.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 January)

POPPreS-Gr 1—Inspired by a favorite childhood toy, this book tells the typical story of a lost and found plaything. What makes this particular version of an age-old tale stand out it that Teddy's favorite toy is a pink Barbie—esque doll whom he has named "Bren-Da, Warrior Queen of Pacifica." Not only is she Teddy's coolest toy, but she also has the best manners, the sickest fighting moves, and the ability to pull off a number of stylish looks. When Bren-Da is accidentally broken and then thrown away by the boy's mother, Teddy is heartbroken. Then, as his mother swings into action to retrieve the doll, astute readers will notice that she is really the inspiration for Bren-Da's fabulousness. VERDICT With a triumphant text declaring "Yas, queen," this is a very modern take on the lost and retrieved favorite toy. Recommended as a general purchase for children's collections.—Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.