[a] frosted cake beauty ... [these] toys are always listening so politely; we want to know what they have to say.The New Yorker
Leanne Shapton gives voice to the toys on our shelves in this wry yet tender children’s book
Always there to comfort and listen, stuffed animals provide a reassuring presence in many a childhood. With Toys Talking, acclaimed illustrator and author Leanne Shapton explores their inner lives, to reveal that their thoughts and feelings are just as complicated as our own. The concerns of these bunnies, bears, and ducks range from the mundane to the existential, and with each new pairing of character and text, we see a deeper portrait of their pensive, quiet world. Shapton holds a mirror to our own lives, to our insecurities and concerns, by revealing that the objects who comfort us have worries of their own. This book brings Shapton’s gorgeously minimal brushstrokes to a younger audience, and will leave children and parents alike brimming with the beauty and melancholy of self-reflection.
Praise for Toys Talking
... Leanne Shapton gives voice to a selection of soft toys whose worries are not too dissimilar from our own ... a charming, funny and off-beat book that will no doubt fire the imagination of her youngest readers.The Creative Review
... exquisite, delightfully expressive ink illustrations ... Like most books published by Drawn & Quarterly, Toys Talking is a pleasure to look at and hold—If Shapton’s fixation with time and its passing is idiosyncratic, for children’s books it is foundational, linked to the inescapable reality of their being written and often read out loud by adults who were once themselves children.Literary Review of Canada
An offbeat illustrated board book of stuffed animals speaking in non sequiturs. A class menagerie.Nathalie Atkinson, Globe & Mailt
This is an extraordinary book—remarkable, but also odd.Financial Times