A mom goes to great lengths to rescue her son’s favorite doll in this delightful tribute to treasured toys—and mothers.
Teddy has a lot of cool toys. But his very favorite doll has the best manners, the sickest fighting skills, and a fierce sense of style. Then one morning, something truly awful happens. And there’s only one woman fierce enough to save the day. Can Teddy’s mom reunite Teddy with his favorite toy?
Teddy's favorite toy is Bren-Da, Warrior Queen of Pacifica. She's a pink-skinned Barbie-style doll, and Teddy's play with her ranges from action-hero combat sequences ("She has the sickest fighting skills") to extravagant fashion looks worthy of Project Runway or RuPaul's Drag Race. (Teddy's couture creations drape Bren-Da in mismatched socks, a bath pouf, and pretzels in a plastic baggie.) After Bren-Da's leg falls off, Teddy's mother mistakenly throws her away and readers see the garbage truck take off with the trash. Teddy's mother takes his anguish seriously. Valentine's gouache and pencil drawings blend action and comedy as Teddy's mother chases the truck with daring moves worthy of Bren-Da herself. "Yas, queen!" Teddy shouts in exultation. Trimmer's smart, closely observed portrait celebrates a boy and a mother whose relationship grows out of mutual respect. Although it's left unsaid, Teddy's play resists gender stereotyping in that he's allowed the freedom to play with whatever toys he likes in whatever way strikes his fancy and the result is an imaginative free-for-all. Ages 4 8. Author's)