Reader Reviewed Spy Toys by Mark Powers

Spy Toys

Written by Mark Powers
Illustrated by Tim Wesson
Part of the Spy Toys Series

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In a nutshell: band of toy superheroes conquer all in a doll eat doll world | The Spy Toys are quite possibly the unlikeliest band of superheroes you could to hope to read about: Dan is a teddy bear accidentally built 1000 times stronger than he should have been; Arabella is a rag doll with the attitude of a bad-tempered rattlesnake; and Flax the rabbit is actually a custom-made police robot. All of them have computerised brains so, rejected by the specialised toy factory that made them, they are recruited by the mysterious Auntie, head of the Department of Secret Affairs and assigned a special mission to protect the prime minister’s son. A fast-moving adventure ensues, a mix of daft but exciting action scenes, wisecracks, slapstick and some proper character development too. Black and white illustrations by Tim Wesson add to the all-round appeal.

Young readers who relish this cracking toy story will also enjoy My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons and Hamish and the Worldstoppers by Danny Wallace. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. Click here to read their full reviews.

  • Phoenix Williams, age 8 - 'This book is very adventurous. It was hard to put it down...I would give this 4.5 stars.'
  • Stanley Howarth, age 9  - ‘This book is amazing from start to finish, I read it in 1 day as I couldn’t put it down.’
  • Llew Harrison, age 9 - ‘Mark Powers is an excellent children's author! It's so good I read it twice! Packed with adventure, with an equal amount of comedy (just how I like it!) Mark Powers is an excellent children's author! It's so good I read it twice!’
  • Connor Lobban, age 8 - ‘The story was very gripping and the pictures were really detailed. There were a few cliff-hangers even at the end. I can't wait to read the next one.’
  • Suhaiba Khan, age 8 - ‘I enjoyed reading the Spy Toys book because it made me use my imagination and made me go into a fantasy world. I really enjoyed reading the book and couldn’t put it down I would give it 9 out of 10.’
  • Marcus North, age 9 - ‘An exciting story with lots of twists and turns. I got so immersed in this book I never wanted this book to end!’
  • Daniel Bisland, age 9 - ‘I give this book 5* because it’s funny and I’m a wannabe spy so I like anything spy related. I recommend it to 8+ wannabe spies. I can’t wait for the second book to come out and I’m looking forward to exploring the app!’
  • Freddie Barth von Wehrenalp, age 9 - ‘Funny adventure stories, with frequent surprises. Great for 7+ I read this in one sitting.’
  • Stephanie Chaplin - ‘I think this book was an amazing read but aimed more for younger kids around 7+. I enjoyed reading this book even though it was for younger kids. I loved this book and I can’t wait to read and review my next book.’
  • Toby Little, age 8 - ‘I enjoyed this book because it’s full of action and good for all ages between 6 and 11. There’s even a game app linked to the book. It’s the first in a series, so get ready to read some more!’
  • Jasper Milburn, age 9 - ‘This story was a stick your head in the book and a must have. Luckily I'm entitled to this job. It was so intriguing.’
  • Oscar Smith, age 9 - 'This is a good book for 7-8 year olds who like something out of the ordinary.'

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Spy Toys by Mark Powers

Toy Story meets James Bond in this incredibly action-packed new series. Spy Toys are going to take the world by storm! The world's leading toy manufacturer makes playthings for the rich and famous, and every toy they create contains a tiny computerised brain and a unique personality. These toys are seriously awesome!

But every so often there's a faulty toy...

Dan is a Snugliffic Cuddlestar bear - he should be perfect for hugging. But because of a faulty chip, Dan is so strong he could crush a car. Thrown on to the rejects pile, he meets Arabella, a Loadsasmiles Sunshine Doll, who has a very short temper and is absolutely NOT good with children.

Soon Dan, Arabella and Flax (a custom-made police robot rabbit gone AWOL) are recruited by the mysterious Auntie Roz, and together they make up The Spy Toys.

Their first mission: to protect the prime minister's son from being kidnapped...

About the Author

Mark Powers

Mark Powers has been making up ridiculous stories since primary school and is slightly shocked to find that people now pay him to do it. As a child he always daydreamed that his teddy bear went off on top secret missions when he was at school, so a team of toys recruited as spies seemed a great idea for a story. He grew up in north Wales and now lives in Manchester. His favourite animals are the binturong, the aye-aye and the dodo.

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224 pages


Mark Powers
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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

12th January 2017




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