Review and Giveaway! #TOYACADEMY : Some Assembly Required by Brian Lynch


I live on the east coast of the US and we had quite a winter storm last week. It wasn’t so much the snow but the wind wreaked havoc in our area. Roads around our area were closed for days (some still are) because of trees that were felled and the trees brought  down power lines with them. Anyway, I was knocked out of commission since last Wednesday and let me tell you – I have a new appreciation for indoor plumbing. I am now catching up on all my “missed work” so I will be posting multiple posts yesterday and today. 🙂

Win a copy of this book plus a sweet prize pack! Read on!


Toy Academy: Some Assembly Required
by Brian Lynch

Illustrated by Edwardian Taylor

Age Ranges 7 – 10 years – 192 pages

Series: Toy Academy (Book 1)

Published by Scholastic Press on December 26, 2017


Synopsis from Publisher: Welcome to Toy Academy: where toys learn to play. This is where action figures train to battle, stuffed animals study the art of the hug, and collectibles practice standing very, very still.

Grumbolt isn’t really any of those things. Lopsided and handmade, he doesn’t know what he is or where he belongs! But when the Evil Toy Academy threatens to bring down his school, it’s up to Grumbolt to go where no good toy has gone before and prove he’s truly a great toy after all.

This laugh-out-loud chapter book by Brian Lynch, the writer of Minions and a writer of The Secret Life of Pets, is a classic in the making.

What I Thought: I loved the introduction of the main character, Grumbolt. He is a mismatched, poorly-made, sewing project gone wrong. His maker, Gertrude Konikoff, has declared him unplayable and is taking action against the U CAN SEW company for selling her a defective pattern – that resulted in Grumbolt. The discarded toy sets off to find a person, his own purpose and identity (he really can’t figure out what he is, bunny – bear – cat?). Grumbolt finds himself at the Toy Academy and still really doesn’t fit in until a crime has been committed and Grumbolt decides to take things into his mis-matched hands. Grumbolt is a character young kids will empathize with and like from the very first time they meet him. The other toy characters are great from Micro the “collectible” who will not come out of her protective plastic wrap to Rex Everything, the self-absorbed action figure with karate moves, each has their own personality. The book does not have the subtle grown up humor that the Minions and The Secret Lives of Pets have, so sorry adults, the book is not for you. It is however, spot-on for a young chapter book reader who wants great characters, a terrific story, and a wonderful adventure. It is written at a level that kids looking for their first adventure chapter book will appreciate. Lynch’s writing speaks to his young audience on their level. The story is packed with grey scale illustrations – some spreading over two pages. Taylor’s illustrations are a perfect compliment to Lynch’s story. They add to plot line and move each chapter along.

Fan of Captain Underpants, Bad Kitty and NERDS will really appreciate this! Toy Academy: Some Assembly Required is a fabulous start to what will become a classic young reader series.

Five out of Five bookworms 



Thank you to Scholastic for sending me a copy of the book and this sweet prize pack that I will be giving away to one lucky person who comments below! All you have to do is comment below from now until Tuesday  March 13th, 2018. At that time I will pick one random comment from a hat to win the prize pack. Winner will be announced on Wednesday March 14th, 2018. Open to US and Canada residents only please.

The prize pack includes a copy of Toy Academy: Some Assembly Required AND a yo-yo, building blocks, slinky toy, and lolipop. All cool gifts to go along with an even cooler story! Thank you to Scholastic for providing these prizes.

Comment below to enter!



*I was provided with a free book for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions herein are my own and not influenced by the publisher, promotion company or affiliates in anyway

Categories: Age 6-9, Age 9+

Tags: , , , , , ,

23 replies

  1. I love this book and want that yo-yo!

  2. Looks great! Look forward to reading this with my kids.

  3. My boys and I would LOVE this book. Pick us, PLEASE!

  4. This looks like a fun book and fun box of things to share and give to friends!

  5. A know a certain someone who would just love this!!

  6. My students and my own children would love this book and kit! Sounds like a fun book to have for my classroom library!

  7. Toy Review was popular at our Scholastic book fair! Always interested in reading new books! Would glad share this interesting book at my library!

  8. This looks fun!

  9. This sounds like a book that my daughter would love!

  10. Always looking for ways to keep reading fun!

  11. This book looks so cute.


  1. Review! The Downward Spiral by Ridley Pearson AND GIVEAWAY WINNER!!! – This Kid Reviews Books

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: