Every Saturday morning, brand-new toys are waiting in the Toolittle Toy Laboratories. It’s up to Rudy and Ridley Toolittle to play with each one and make sure that they are working just right!
Being a toy tester is a very important job at Toolittle toys… and it takes not one but two little Toolittles!!
The secret to the success of the Toolittle Toy Company is the product testing. Young brothers Rudy and Ridley Toolittle spend their weekends making sure that each toy plays well with children. When the boys arrive at work on a particular Saturday morning, the toys are eagerly waiting to play, but Rudy feels that he might be getting too old for that. With cartoonlike illustrations done in colored pencil, graphite, and watercolor, Kirsch has created a magical world that any child would long to get lost in. A catalog at the end identifies the toys that can be searched for throughout the book. ~ SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
Rudy and Ridley Toolittle are lucky boys, indeed. Every Saturday, they get to test out toys made by the Toolittle Toy Company. Rudy decides, though, that he is too old to play, and he begins to approach his duties with a studious manner, organizing and taking the toys apart rather than playing with them until, in a whimsical touch, the toys rebel. Ridley comes to the rescue, a turnaround that will please younger siblings, and the brothers rediscover the fun of playing and being together. Kirsch offers a clever story about the nature and rewards of play, and children will enjoy poring over the wild details of fanciful toys in the watercolor-and-pencil scenes, which culminate in a Toolittle Toy Company catalog at the back of the book, which provides a “Where’s Waldo?” element to the story. ~ BOOKLIST