The New Yorker on Toys Talking

“What We're Reading” / The New Yorker / Rivka Galchen / June 1, 2016

My daughter will be three years old in August, and she loves books that rhyme, maybe because of the ease of reciting memorized fragments of them to the assorted inanimate objects with whom she loves to chat. Her early rhyming life featured a lot of “Chicken Soup with Rice,” but the summer looks likely to be a carousel of the Christopher Myers illustrated version of Lewis Carroll’s “The Jabberwocky,” the Edward Gorey illustrated version of “The Jumblies,” and the Sophie Hannah translations of the Tove Jansson books “Who Will Comfort Toffle?” and “The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My.” We’re also looking forward to holding and reading the frosted cake beauty of Leanne Shapton’s “Toys Talking,” which is just out. Those toys are always listening so politely; we want to know what they have to say.

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