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Toy Time!: From Hula Hoops to He-Man to Hungry Hungry Hippos: A Look Back at the Most- Beloved Toys of Decades Past Paperback – October 8, 2013
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Toy Time will be such a perfect Christmas gift - you can time travel back to those fun and simpler days!
For someone who is supposed to be a huge toy expert, Christopher Byrne has allowed a number of glaring errors to be included in the text. So far, I've found the following:
*Barbie doll's last name is cited as being Rogers. No, it's Roberts.
*Chatty Cathy is cited as being released in 1959. She was released in 1960.
*Toy designer Marvin Glass is referred to as Melvin Glass in one instance (in another instance, the name is correct.)
Other than that, the text is interesting and reasonably informative. Certainly, no new ground is covered in this book, everything having been written about extensively in other books already. I do wish the author had listed the manufacturers for the toys covered.
The toys described in Byrne's book run the gamut - Play-Doh, Barbie, Gumby, Rubik's Cube, Uno, Hot Wheels, Pet Rock, Trivial Pursuit, Silly Putty, View-Master, NERF Ball, Care Bears, Teddy Ruxpin, Cootie, DoodleArt, Frisbee, Etch-a-Sketch, G.I. Joe, STAR WARS Action Figures, Chatty Cathy, Easy-Bake Oven, Dungeons and Dragons, Tonka Toy Trucks and dozens more.
Each product gets at least a two-page write-up with one color photograph. The 'Why We Loved It' section brings back fond memories and the 'Where is It Now' section gives us hope that (at least) some of those items are still being sold.
In short, TOY TIME! is a fun, affectionate read of carefree times and beloved toys and games. Recommended.
I recall playing with many of the toys featured in "Toy Time" and remember them fondly. Adolescent boys being what they are, I also fondly remember enjoying poking fun at some of the toys, and the advertisements for them, in our later youth. Chris's command of language made this exercise all the more enjoyable. His writing style makes for fun, easy reading.
The book is a great compendium of the stuff from which a generation derived pleasure and learned a thing or two while doing it. Great pictures, too.
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I find this to be an excellent book with great images and information about most of the toys of our past. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sheldon Aronowitz
What a cute book to bring back memories from your childhood. I bought this for my younger brother and he is throughly enjoying every page!Published on January 30, 2014 by Kindle Customer
Byrne does a nice survey of classic toys. There are pictures and histories of many, if not all, of the favorites of the Baby Boom.Published on January 17, 2014 by Graphic Reader
This book is fine , as far as it goes; but it was disappointing to find there was no section on toy cars, such as Matchbook and Dinky.Published on January 13, 2014 by Anne L. Berra