Just a Toy – Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Title: Just a Toy

Bibliographic Information: Mayer, G and M. (2000). Just a toy. New York: Golden Books Publishing Co.

Annotation: Dad was treating both his son and daughter and took them to the toy store. The boy had a hard time choosing which toy he wanted, the one he ended up with broke when he got home. His sister makes fun of him, but he finds a way to replace the broken toy.

Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Grade level: K-2nd

Readers who will like this book: Readers who have rivalry with their siblings, who like playing with toys, and readers who enjoy family stories.

Personal response/rating: I rate this book a 4, because I do not like how the book uses the word “dumb” and I also wish the characters had names. I enjoyed this story because it teaches kids not every toy is going to be perfect and that most of the problems you face can be fixed.

Question I would ask before the reading: Have you ever gotten a new toy that didn’t work properly? How did it make you feel?

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