Forky in Craft Buddy Day

illus. by George McClements & Stéphane Kardos. 40p. Disney. May 2019. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781484799581.
K-Gr 2-This enjoyable combination of Toy Story and Daywalt's "Crayons" books (The Day the Crayon's Quit, The Day the Crayons Came Home) starts with a beloved spork, Forky, going to school with his owner. The teacher kindly celebrates Forky's visit by holding a craft buddy activity, with the children making new friends out of a paper plate, a clothes peg, a juice box, and more. However when the children leave the room, the craft buddies come alive—and they're not happy. Forky saves the day by reminding them that they're loved by the children who made them, and of course, when the kids return to the room everything's almost as it was before. While this book isn't quite destined to be the classic, the colorful art here resembles children's drawings and should be a hit with the target audience and the language is irreverent and boisterous enough to hold readers' attention (there is a typo, though, "excrutiating").
VERDICT A solid choice for Daywalt's and Toy Story fans.-Henrietta Verma, Credo Reference, New York, NY

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