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 Toy Academy : some assembly required
 Author: Lynch, Brian

 Illustrator: Taylor, Edwardian

 Publisher:  Scholastic Press
 Pub Year: 2018

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 187 p., ill., 20 cm

 BTSB No: 591141 ISBN: 9781338148459
 Ages: 7-10 Grades: 2-5

 Toys -- Fiction
 School stories

Price: $17.21

Grumbolt is a weird little hand-made stuffed animal. So when he reaches Toy Academy, he's determined to prove that he can be just as much of a hero as the best action figure. When the Evil Toy Academy threatens to bring down his school, it's up to Grumbolt to go where no good toy has gone before and prove he's truly a great toy after all.

Toy Academy, 1

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.70
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 194193

   Kirkus Reviews (10/15/17)
   School Library Journal (10/01/17)
   Booklist (12/15/17)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/01/18)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 10/01/2017 Gr 1–3—Grumbolt, a stuffed toy shoddily constructed from an advanced sewing pattern, first came to consciousness in the garbage can. He liked it there (if he got hungry, there was half a waffle) until he saw the angry letter addressed to "U CAN SEW" from his eight-year-old creator: "he is simply unplayable. His arms are two different lengths, his head is too big for his body." So begins the epic adventure of a rejected homemade toy trying to find his true place in the world. A few chance encounters land him a seat at Toy World's Toy Academy, "Commander Hedgehog's Institute for Novelty Academia," where he dreams of a future with a kid but cannot find his strengths as a toy. While he looks like a "plush" rather than an action figure, collectible, or educational toy, he struggles in his Tea Parties 101 class and Introduction to Dress Up. Meanwhile, when Commander Hedgehog's arm goes missing and fingers start pointing at nearby Evil Toy Academy, the action accelerates along with Grumbolt's troubles. The simple plot is made more interesting with the amusing and clever details about the toys and Toy World itself. The freshman dorms are "actually Princess Dream Mansions that Margie, the most successful doll ever, had graciously donated." Grumbolt's roommate is a neat and tidy paper doll, and his friend Micro is an action figure who wears a bag over her head and dreams of being a collectible. High-energy illustrations on every page help to keep less confident readers engaged while amplifying the silliness of the story. VERDICT This light cross between a talking toy and doll fantasy and a boarding school story contains a fast-paced adventure (and a few winks about modern toy marketing) for readers, particularly those who enjoy the energy and humor of its author, who wrote the screenplay for Minions and was a writer for The Secret Life of Pets.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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