TV Cream's Toys: Presents You Pestered Your Parents for Hardcover – 16 Nov. 2007
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'Hilarious and heart-warming…'
'Brilliant, life-affirming and very, very funny…'
Ally Ross, The Sun
'Amazing… took me back to a forlorn, inner longing…'
'Stirred up all kinds of nostalgic memories…'
'I only wish he'd called it F*** You, Father Christmas…'
Charlie Brooker, The Guardian
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At first glance it looks quite a quick read (only 200 pages) but it will take you quite a while- there's a lot of detail in there, especially if you keep skipping back and forth through all the footnotes (which you should), and by the time you've finished laughing out loud, you've cross-referenced one toy against another and you've gazed wistfully at the toy photos, wishing you were 8 years old again, this book will have kept you interested for many hours.
As a child of the 80s I'd say about half the toys were just a little bit before my time, but that didn't make it less interesting- it's still a fun read.
My personal 'those were the days' moments: Armatron, Big Trak, Connect 4, Downfall, Etch-a-Sketch... and that's just A to E.
lack of pictures... hard to tell if that is a problem, some of the rating images contain pictures of toys but I can't say what other images are actually missing in this kindle edition
Written with a sense of humour, in jokes and some interesting facts about the toys that you had growing up this book gives an overview of many of the toys you had or wanted as a child. Definitely worth a read.
Some them still draw me and if I saw them at a boot sale of junk shop I would be tempted to buy.
Lots of useful facts and figures that gave me moments of 'fancy that' and 'I didn’t know that'.
If you are a child of the 60's or 70' this will delight.