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Toys in Space
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on 18 January 2014
"Toys in Space" by Mini Grey is an interesting book for children that teach them the tidiness with a nice story about the alien who collects found toys.

"Toys in Space" is telling story inside the story - when several toys are left outside one night, the WonderDoll to help them not be scared of darkness, will tell them a tale about several toys been beamed onto an alien ship. Inside the alien is living who collects toys that have been left outside due to hope that by doing that it will eventually find its Cuddles toy.
The toys are worried that all of them will never be able to return home but they will manage to convince the alien to return all the missing toys to their owners. Because all the toys were labelled they were able to return to those who would miss them, but also in the end Cuddles toy will be found as well...

"Toys in Space" is a nice story that teaches children the message that it is important to label your things because in that way even if they will be lost their return will be easily possible.
And also the fact that the toys were frightened because they were left alone in the dark is a convenient argument for children to remember check every night their toys if they are stored so as not for them to experience the same fate.

"Toys in Space" has nice illustrations, that together with a bit unusual story and setting in which the story is happening makes Mini Grey book recommended for kids who love space, stars, or are just a bit untidy.
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Mini Grey is an author who always manages to think outside the box for the reader, presenting a story that is not only meaningful but also one that really brings the bright fun style that she is known for to the readers imagination as the doll tells a story that they can all get behind.

Its vivid, it works very well and to be honest as an adult I like to bring something different to my nephews that lets them know that there's all sorts of books out there. Add to this that it continues Mini's own wonderful world that steps out from her imagination straight into the readers (as lets face it, we all know that Toy's come to life at night) and all in it's a good bit of fun.
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on 13 October 2012
Mini Grey's wacky stories hit the spot with the children I know. And this one is no exception. My two year old grandson had this one off by heart within a week and 'reads' it at every meal. It sits on the table alongside the sort of household objects children recognise and which grey then transforms into her extraordinary characters. In the case of this tale she takes that eveyday story - toys accidentally left out at night - and sends them off on wonderful space adventures. I think adults are sometimes a little bemused by the appeal she has - but children love her. Great illustrations. Good language. A strong narrative and satisfactory ending. Another hit.
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on 15 September 2012
I bought this to read to my year 1 class and without a doubt it was a great success . Mini Grey writes wonderful stories with amazing characters. It would be a fantastic book to use for a teaching sequence as are her other books Traction Man and Egg Drop which we use in school. Love her books, they have wonderful characters and plots and inspiring illustrations. I love the endings of her books too as they leave lots of room for further talk and thinking. Thoroughly recommended.
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on 12 June 2015
I didn't actively dislike this book. I just didn't really like it all that much, either. The illustrations are engaging and children will thoroughly enjoy them but I can't help thinking this was story was produced by someone who is more an illustrator than a writer. (Sorry).
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on 12 April 2015
A great book for our class space topic with Y2 children. The class loved the different characters and wrote great stories based on them. Great illustrations and a great theme about looking after our important things.
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on 18 February 2015
My children love this story, amount others by mini grey. My son is currently reading and learning around this story in school and asked for a copy at home. Arrived on time.
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on 27 May 2014
This is a great book with gorgeous illustrations and a great story. I can see lots of possibilities for arts and crafts and further writing based on this books.
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on 13 March 2013
Yet another good book linked to our topic 'Toys'. The children loved the story and we were able to use the illustrations to create our very own stories.
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on 21 December 2013
Another good story for kids From Mini Grey - not quite as much in it (for adults) as the wonderful Traction Man books but the grandchildren loved it.
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