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Lost in the Toy Museum: An Adventure

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Before you begin reading the story there is a page containing illustrations of all that characters and their names. The children will be introduced a planning document, they will plan their ideas for writing a simple news report about the ‘Missing Toys’. His drawings are full of detail and are brilliant for exploring with the kids as you read the story. As a child he enjoyed drawing and writing, and he went on to study at St Martin’s School of Art and then the Royal College of Art.

In 2008 he was chosen as one of BookTrust's Best New Illustrators, as part of their Big Picture initiative. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Shortly after graduating from The Royal College of Art, he illustrated a picture book by Ted Hughes and began writing picture book stories of his own. com, and picked as one of the top 10 children's books of that year (across all genres) by both Publisher's Weekly and Child magazine in the US.

This book would be used in Key Stage One, and could easily be used as a topic book, as it is accessible across the curriculum for a number of different tasks.

As it is set at night-time, it is the perfect book for bedtime and is such great fun to read that everyone is guaranteed to drift off to sleep with a smile on their face, probably desperately trying to keep an eye on their toys to see if they come to life in the middle of the night ! I personally would use it as a topic book for whole class use, and perhaps be able to use it within guided reading for the lower ability groups to take a closer look and discuss it further. His philosophical fable, The Lying Carpet, was described by The New York Times as "a dreamy experience - the language is lovely; the free verse has an offbeat rhythm; the illustrations are breathtaking. David Lucas is an extraordinary new talent in children's picture books - in 2008, he was named as one of The Big Picture campaign's Best New Illustrators. I love the character of Bunting, the sensible and rather boring old toy cat, who lets his hair (or should that be fur ?

The roguery and playfulness of children is brought to the fore and the story is engaging as ignites one's inner-creativity and imagination. The illustrations and names of the toys could be useful in a phonics lesson as alliteration is used by Lucas regularly and the fun aspect of the story would bring enjoyment to the learning experience. His most recent picture book is Attack of the Giant Baby, illustrated by Bruce Ingman - the only book he has written but not illustrated.

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