Teddy & Co. – Cynthia Voigt, illustrations by Paola Zakimi


51snemxrll   Teddy & Co. – Cynthia Voigt, illustrations by Paola Zakimi, Alfred A. Knopf, (9780553511604), 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:  Fantasy

What did you like about the book?  A group of toys live together on an island and have little adventures.  Teddy, a bear without legs, is pushed about in a red wagon and is the group’s philosopher, always wondering things.  The other toys are an elephant named Umpah, who loves to bake muffins, a snake named Sid, who is always hungry, a wooden penguin named Peng, who prefers to be alone, and two little pigs, Zia, who is bright fuchsia and motherly and Prinny, a little blue pig with white and gold flowers who is full of enthusiasm.  These six friends have picnics, go swimming, explore the island and play games.  Their little community is changed with the arrival of Mr. B, a floppy bunny who likes to move in and out of homes and a large doll named Clara, who fancies herself a queen.  Will these two newcomers fit in or upset the balance of friendship?  The full-page pencil illustrations perfectly complement the quiet tale and bring the characters to life.  This is a gentle tale of friendship with a nostalgic feel.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Hand this to parents looking for a gentle bedtime read aloud.  Children who enjoy A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh series and Emily Jenkins Toys series will enjoy this new group of stiffed animals and their adventures.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?   Fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?   No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 1/17/17             

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