Reviews for Marvelous Toy

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2009 August #3

The lyrics to Paxton's folksong will be familiar to sing-along fans: "It went zip! when it moved/ And bop! when it stopped/ And whirr! when it stood still./ I never knew just what it was,/ And I guess I never will." In this picture book adaptation, the boy receives the toy from his father, they enjoy it together, and the boy later passes it on to his own son with similar enthusiasm. Cox's (Stuff!: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) supercharged spreads propel the song into the 21st century. Although the spindly, alien-looking toy is never completely visible, the rainbow-colored protrusions that are shown emit airbrushed beams, while sparks zoom and zip behind it, illuminating the night and leaving a trail of magic in its wake. In contrast to the toy's dramatics, father and son appear quite ordinary; the boy wears a red T-shirt and jeans, the father a shirt and necktie, clearly back from a nine-to-five job. The story's modern setting and the artwork's airbrushed quality may well attract children who wouldn't otherwise hear Paxton's music (four Paxton songs are enclosed on a CD). Ages 3-8. (Aug.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2009 October

PreS-Gr 2--In this picture-book version of a popular song, Paxton's lyrics are accompanied by vibrant, modern illustrations to tell the story of a boy who receives a gift from his father. No one knows quite what it is, but that does not diminish its importance. As the song goes, "It went zip! when it moved/And bop! when it stopped/And whirr! when it stood still./I never knew just what it was,/And I guess I never will." The boy grows up and hands the toy down to his son, and it is admired by the pets and other toys as well. The mysterious toy never comes into full view, although a few of its bright lights can always be seen. Illustrations depict a magical haze of greens and blues, while capturing the excitement of the action with splashes of red and yellow. It is clear that the boy owns plenty of toys, but not one can compare to this amazing gadget. The accompanying CD is an enjoyable bonus, providing Paxton's version of the song and an instrumental take. Two additional songs from Paxton are also included. While the story is nostalgic, the energized artwork filled with stardust increases the kid appeal.--Lisa Glasscock, Columbine Public Library, Littleton, CO

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