This month we’re ecstatic to be sharing an inside look at Mini Grey’s new picture book, Toys in Space. We’ve been huge fans of Mini’s quirky work from the start–so much so that when her editor, Allison Wortche, presented this title for the first time we had to restrain ourselves from cheering and interrupting the meeting (true story!). From her Traction Man series to Three By the Sea, Mini’s wildly imaginative tales are overflowing laugh-out-loud humor, but all are underscored by real, heartfelt emotion that resonates with kids and adults alike. No surprise, then, that this author-illustrator double threat has racked up over a dozen starred reviews and has been named to countless best-of and state award master lists.
Toys in Space takes place one summer night when a group of toys are left outside for the first time by mistake. The Wonderdoll, the wind-up robot, the thoughtful green dinosaur, and the rest of their rag-tag group can only gaze up at the stars, watching as one seems to grow bigger and brighter than the rest. Pretty soon, the toys discover it’s no star at all, but the spaceship of a lonely alien (who looks suspiciously like a garden glove!) who’s in need of some help, and a few friends. At it’s heart, the story is a silly (not-too-scary!) story about losing–and reuniting with–a beloved toy. Really, it’s the perfect book for any child that loved the Toy Story movies.
Here are a few of our favorite spreads (click to expand each image for a closer look):
All Illustrations © 2012 by Mini Grey and should not be reproduced anywhere without permission.
And, bonus! You can also view the adorable book trailer:
What do you guys think? Toys in Space releases today, May 14th, and is available wherever books are sold.