By Dean Koontz, Phil Parks
Blockbuster writer Dean Koontz's first novel for younger readers, a fantastically illustrated and visually beautiful tale a few magical band of residing toys who learn how to conquer the fears all of us face within the dark
Toymaker Isaac Bodkins created the Oddkins, a gaggle of dwelling toys, for terribly designated kids who face problems in lifestyles and want actual pals. There's Amos, the courageous filled endure; Skippy, the rabbit who desires of being a star; Butterscotch, the mild, floppy-eared puppy; Burl the elephant; the clever and scholarly Gibbons; and Patch the cat. The Oddkins are given to youngsters to motivate, help, and love them, particularly during periods of adversity. purely now, the toys themselves are those who want help.
Before he dies, Mr. Bodkins gives you a dire caution to Amos the endure: beware of an evil toymaker and his harmful creations! Locked up at the hours of darkness sub-basement, one other crew of toys is mountaineering out of packing containers and crates and coming to lifestyles in addition. those undesirable toys—like Rex and Lizzie, the puppets without strings; apparatus, the vicious robotic; and Stinger, the horrid humming bumblebee together with his knife-sharp stinger—were made to harm kids, now not support them. Leering, giggling, and lethal, they're set free into the area via a terrifying force.
Frightening because it might be, the Oddkins needs to move on a trip to discover Colleen Shannon, Mr. Bodkins’s selected successor as a life-giving toymaker and the single one that can store them. The stormy evening is perilous and the Oddkins face a possibility that threatens not just their magic . . . however the magic in us all.
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