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A Room Full of Toys: The Magical Characters of Childhood [Hardcover]

Alberto Manguel , Béatrice Salmon
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9 Oct 2006
Toys is a journey through the world of toys and the childrens rooms that were their home, from the late 19th century to the present day. Presented in settings built specially for the project, more than 500 toys from the renowned collection at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs become actors in sketches that are alternately eerie and droll, disturbing and poetic. This dreamlike, evocative book will fascinate both children and toy specialists and collectors, as well as anyone still enchanted by the wonders of childhood.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (9 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500513171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500513170
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 30 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,225,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Handsome ... both comfortably evocative of childhood and also unsettling' --Church Times

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About the Author

Alberto Manguel spent two years as a reader to the blind Jorge Luis Borges, and published a book on the experience, With Borges, in 2003. He is a journalist and translator and the author of several other books, including A History of Reading, Stevenson Under the Palm Trees and A Reading Diary.

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5.0 out of 5 stars delightful and original 18 Jan 2010
Yet another book I saw in a museum library, it,s a quirky look at toys and childhood, with the most inspiring photography.
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