"It went ZIP when it moved and BOP when it stopped and WHIRR when it stood still. . . ". This is the classic story of a magical gift that a father gives his son, who, when he grows up, passes it on to his own son. Written in 1961, "The Marvelous Toy" is Tom Paxton's signature song, an upbeat, irresistible tune that's a favorite of baby boomers and ...
"It went ZIP when it moved and BOP when it stopped and WHIRR when it stood still. . . ". This is the classic story of a magical gift that a father gives his son, who, when he grows up, passes it on to his own son. Written in 1961, "The Marvelous Toy" is Tom Paxton's signature song, an upbeat, irresistible tune that's a favorite of baby boomers and their children. Full color.
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Publishers Weekly, 2009-08-17 The lyrics to Paxton's folksong will be familiar to sing-along fans: "It went zip! when it moved/ And bop! when it stopped/ And whirr! when it stood still./ I never knew just what it was,/ And I guess I never will." In this picture book adaptation, the boy receives the toy from his father, they enjoy it together, and the boy later passes it on to his own son with similar enthusiasm. Cox's (Stuff!: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) supercharged spreads propel the song into the 21st century. Although the spindly, alien-looking toy is never completely visible, the rainbow-colored protrusions that are shown emit airbrushed beams, while sparks zoom and zip behind it, illuminating the night and leaving a trail of magic in its wake. In contrast to the toy's dramatics, father and son appear quite ordinary; the boy wears a red T-shirt and jeans, the father a shirt and necktie, clearly back from a nine-to-five job. The story's modern setting and the artwork's airbrushed quality may well attract children who wouldn't otherwise hear Paxton's music (four Paxton songs are enclosed on a CD). Ages 3-8. (Aug.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-08-12 An imagination teaser that has beguiled families since it was introduced in 1961, folksinger Paxton's (Going to the Zoo) eponymous song makes an uneasy transition to the picture-book medium. The appeal of the lyrics lies largely in their inherent mysteryŠ"It went ZIP when it moved/ And BOP when it stopped/ And WHIRR when it stood still./ I never knew just what it was/ And I guess I never will." Committing the song to print, therefore, and more specifically, to illustration, is somewhat akin to pinning down a butterfly in a display case, even if the image provided by the illustrator is of an unidentifiable thingamajig. Though the song lends itself to a read-aloud very nicely, and though Sayles's soft, warmly lit pastel illustrations certainly hint at the mystery (the toy scooting under a chair in one scene, only its tail visible, for instance), this visualized version takes a lot of the fun out of it. Musical notation is included on the endpapers. Ages 5-up. (Sept.)
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