This wonderful story is told in pictures alone. Quentin Blake's cartoon style drawings are, as always, very expressive and lend themselves to a rich world of imagination. The bare bones of the story is that a group of toys are chucked out into the dustbin. Clown pulls himself out and sets out to rescue his friends by befriending anyone who will help. After a few very funny false starts, he is thrown through the window of a family who are finding it tough. The mother is exhausted and out at work, and a small girl and a baby are left to cope alone (without toys). Clown leads them to more toys and a bunch of flowers for mum. We can safely assume they all live happily ever after. In addition to being a very special book for children and adults, it is also a useful resource for those in education teaching children with English as a second language or others with special needs.