Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Christmas at the Toy Museum

Christmas at the Toy Museum

David Lucas
Picture Book
For ages 7 to 10
Candlewick, 2012   ISBN: 978-0763658687

It is Christmas Eve and all the visitors at the toy museum have gone home. The museum is closed for the night, snow is falling outside, and the toys in the museum are all excited. Quickly they go downstairs where a large decorated Christmas tree stands. When they get there, the toys are distressed to see that there are no presents under the tree.

The toys are very disappointed until Bunting, the old toy cat, makes a suggestion. Bunting suggests that the toys should “give one another ourselves.” What could be better than giving oneself to ones friend. Happily the toys start wrapping each other up, until Bunting is the last toy left. Since all the toys are wrapped, Bunting has to wrap himself. Surely now Christmas is going to be perfect.

In this sweet picture book, we see how characters who have no gifts to give find a solution to their problem, and how a little Christmas magic makes their holiday celebration special. Children will love seeing all the old toys, and they will be delighted when they see how the story ends.