The Toymakers

The Toymakers

Do you remember when you believed in magic? The Emporium opens with the first frost of winter. It is the same every year. Across the city, when children wake to see ferns of white stretched across their windows, or walk to school to hear ice crackling underfoot, the whispers begin: the Emporium is open! It is 1917, and London has spent years in the shadow of the First World Do you remember when you believed in magic? The Emporium opens with the first frost of winter. It is the same ...

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Title:The Toymakers
Author:Robert Dinsdale
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:The Toymakers
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Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

The Toymakers Reviews

  • Sara
    May 11, 2018
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. A magical, wintery tale about a lost young woman and the toy shop that rescues her. Cathy is a pregnant runaway taken in by the family of Papa Jon?s Emporium - a toy shop that sells the unimaginable. With a story th...
  • Kelly Furniss
    May 31, 2018
    The first thing that attracted me to this book was the stunning cover and then also reading that the magical element was likened to 'The Night Circus' which is a book I really enjoyed. I also kept thinking of the film Toy Story and upon now reviewing this book to call it a likeness m...
  • Jules
    Jan 21, 2018
    I loved The Toymakers. This was a truly magical and emotional tale. I was sad to leave Papa Jack?s Emporium. It was a safe place so full of wonder, love, friendship, hope and the magic of toys. The whole place came to life in front of my eyes. I was surrounded by toys the whole ti...
  • Karen ⊰✿
    Feb 02, 2018
    Not all magical realism is the same, and this is a great example of the genre. Welcome to The Emporium where you walk into a toy shop, but are transported to a world of wonder where toys seem to have lives of their own and magic is around every corner. Papa Jack runs The Emporium wit...
  • Phrynne
    Nov 19, 2017
    A magical story about a magical toy emporium. Some reviewers liken it to The Night Circus. They are right! I must admit to moments during the book when things were a bit too sweet, a bit too perfect, but then along came World War 2 and everything changed. The last chapters of the bo...
  • Yvette Adams
    Dec 09, 2018
    This was magical. ? I loved it from the first chapter... the first line even. So it's my first five star book of the year. I would dearly love this to be made into a movie. Lots of CGI required! It was coincidentally a lovely book to read at christmas. ...
  • Helen (TBC)
    Feb 10, 2018
    Wow - Prepare for me to gush about this utter gem of a book because gush I must! The Toymakers is a magical, compelling and mesmerising read that totally absorbed me and has changed the way I'll look at toys forever. The writing is flawlessly beautiful and engaging and the chara...
  • Marco
    Feb 06, 2018
    I had the privilege to be one of the first people to read this book (which comes out on 8th February 2018) - courtesy of Ebury Publishing and thanks to my friends from Parabatai Reviews for offering me a copy. Given that I have already read so many books as well as a great variety ...
  • Nigel
    Jun 17, 2018
    I really loved the first half of this book. Magical, lyrical, poetic and had me completely engaged with it. Papa Jack is an excellent background character and the Emporium and Cathy's story are wonderful. Then it changes - I'll not give anything away. While Cathy and Papa Jack are e...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Sep 19, 2018
    The Toymakers is an emotionally resonant tale with it?s own magical heart and is extraordinarily compelling throughout. There is a beautiful blend of the magical and the hugely realistic in this addictive clever story ? a story about love, family, war and the absolute magic of t...
  • Aoife
    Feb 19, 2018
    4.5 stars I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers/author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. A magical toyshop, a family who can make the ordinary become extraordinary and a runaway girl looking for a new place to call home. This book - ther...
  • Jodie Humphrey
    Nov 28, 2017
    This is the most fantastic, magical, enchanting book I have ever had the pleasure of reading. It is both heart-warming and heart-breaking. Pure wonder from beginning to end. (Proper review to come when I have gathered my thoughts and feelings) ...
  • Demi Parker
    Mar 22, 2018
    WOW read this its brilliant ...
  • Helene Jeppesen
    Nov 11, 2018
    This book is about a magical toy shop that opens every year on the first day of frost. On this opening day, eager children run to the shop with lights in their eyes to find magical toys such as paper tree houses and moving toy soldiers. Cathy is the novel?s protagonist, and when we...
  • Ula ~thelostlibrary~
    Jun 18, 2018
    (7/10) I absolutely loved this book. It's about a girl named Cathy who has to run away and end up at Papa Jack's Emporium where she finds a home. The Emporium is brimming with magic, and only opens for the winter, from first frost to first thaw. Papa Jack has two sons, Kaspar and Emil...
  • Umut Reviews
    Jul 07, 2018
    2.5 stars. Another book that doesn?t give itself away with the blurb. I don?t know you, but I get really annoyed when books turn out to be really different than what they promise in the blurb. Until about 40% mark, we were following Cathy in 1900s London. She was an interesting mai...
  • Thebooktrail
    Jan 07, 2018
    I remember when I started believing in magic again When I read this book Visit the Emporium for yourself - Enter the store in London This is a joy of a read. The sentences are exquisite and the magical feeling they evoke, reminiscient of that sense of amazement you got as ...
  • Lotte
    Mar 26, 2018
    3.5/5. An imaginative and magical story about a toymaker, his sons and a runaway finding refuge in their legendary toy store, Papa Jack?s Emporium. The detailed descriptions of the store and its inhabitants various incredible inventions reminded me of the beautiful writing in The Nig...
  • Emma
    Dec 31, 2017
    3.5 stars There's so much to like in this book- the Emporium is truly a magical place, somewhere a patchwork dog can run, and play, and love. It brings to mind every Christmas film you've ever seen, Santa's factory brought once more to life within the pages of the book. Such a place...
  • Helen
    Feb 01, 2018
    The Toymakers opens in 1906 with Cathy, a pregnant sixteen-year-old who runs away from home in order to avoid being forced to give up her baby. She sees an advert for a sales person for Papa Jack?s Emporium, a toy shop with a legendary status, and buys a one-way ticket to London. It ...
  • Paromjit
    Jan 24, 2018
    Robert Dinsdale has written a richly detailed and imaginative historical story of the place toys have in the hearts of both children and adults through Papa Jack's Emporium located on Iron Duke Mews in London. It begins in the early part of the 20th century with a pregnant 16 year old ...
  • Hannah
    Feb 05, 2018
    I struggled with this. It took me about two months to read and I never felt compelled to pick it up. This is not a bad book by any means and I am still struggling to pinpoint what did not work for me. So stick with me as I am trying to figure out my thoughts. I adored the first chap...
  • Louise Wilson
    Feb 08, 2018
    The Emporium opens with the first frost of winter. Across the city, when children wake to see the ferns of white stretched across their windows, or walk to school to hear ice cracking underfoot, the whispers begin: the Emporium is open. In the heart of Mayfair, there is a place of hope...
  • Kevin Ansbro
    Jan 22, 2018
    "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." ?Albert Einstein Small-town teen, Cathy Wray, finds herself in the family way. (I?m a poet, yet didn?t know it). She is also desperate to escape her parents, who want her pregnancy kept secret and the...
  • Dannii Elle
    Feb 28, 2018
    "Do you remember when you believed in magic?" Set inside a magical toy shop, in the heart of 1940's London, where paper trees grow in front of your eyes, patchwork dogs act like breathing ones, and doll houses are bigger than most city compartments live Kaspar and Emil. Two brothers...
  • Amalia Gavea
    Nov 19, 2017
    ??Are you lost? Are you afraid? Are you a child at heart??? I never thought that there would ever be another book that would make me experience all the emotions The Night Circus brought to surface. The awe, the magic, the sadness and the hope. Naturally, I was immediately ...
  • Lucy Banks
    Nov 17, 2017
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Richly written, full of magic - a lovely book. Others have compared this book to The Night Circus, and for good reason; as it has similarly rich, lyrical language, and deeply evocative descriptions. ...
  • Pauline
    Nov 16, 2017
    Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale is a story of Cathy a teenage runaway who takes a job in Papa Jack's Emporium. A place where magical toys are made and sold by toymaker Jekabs and his two sons. I enjoyed the imagination and the description of the toys that were created. I really liked th...
  • Katherine
    Oct 31, 2018
    Well.... After finishing this I feel deeply figured out and understood and injured in a place I can't reach because its not tangible. Mr. Dinsdale just wrote the absolute truth about my kind and in doing so my heart and soul were absolutely open and therefore vulnerable to ...
  • Jersy
    Mar 11, 2018
    I was starting to read this book thinking it would be a heartwarming feelgood story full of magic. That was slightly wrong, it was more of a typical historical novel set in war time, with the addition of some small fantasy elements. That's not necessarily a bad thing, though. The ch...