The news broke this week that Toys-R-Us filing for bankruptcy and going into complete liquidation, so in honor of the childhood classic that’s effectively been put out of business by Amazon, here’s a list of our favorite books involving toys to honor the rise and fall of Toys-R-Us.
1. The Velveteen Rabbit is one of the first books I remember reading, or being read to me, so it holds a special place in my heart. It also was the beginning of my fascination with rabbits and their impeccably soft ears.
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2. I haven’t actually read The Magic Toyshop myself, but Laura-Blaise raved about this book, calling it one of her favorites and a “crazy surrealist feminist novel from the 80’s”, so I’m adding it to my list and shortlisting it to the top.
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3. The Indian in the Cupboard is one of my sister’s favorites, because she and my grandfather shared, still share, a love of old Westerns. I was too young to get into it when they did and then once I was it was ~their thing~, but that’s neither here nor there.
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4. Harold and the Purple Crayon is another one of my favorite childhood books. Who doesn’t love the tale of a young boy and his magic purple crayon? Go ahead, get nostalgic.
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5. Calvin and Hobbes is the end all be all of childhood for me. My sister and I had all the collections, and I mean by the time we were adults, all of them, and I expect she still has them. I loved Calvin and I loved Hobbes, just like we all did. And if you don’t know about Calvin and Hobbes, well now you do!
Image via Calvin and Hobbes Wikia
Featured Image via WNDU 16.