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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 Snugaliffic 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 ...!

Featuring hilarious, action-packed illustrations by Tim Wesson throughout, this series is perfect for fans of Pam Butchart and David Solomons' My Brother is a Superhero.

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This is Book 1 in the Spy Toys Series. See all Spy Toys books here.

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22nd May '17
c.steer read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
Spy Toys 9781408870860
5 stars
It was awesome I really like the creative things the author came up with to make the toy come alive 
It was really fun to read I really enjoyed it
8th January '17
Connor08 read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
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5 stars
Your first mission if you care to accept it is to save the Prime Minister's Son from being kidnapped. There are toys who are faulty and they live in a factory. No one is allowed to buy them, so they escape and Auntie Rose catches them. But it is not bad she has missions for them, the first is to make sure the Prime Minister's Son is not kidnapped. 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.
3rd April '17
I read it to Holls aged 8 aged 8
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5 stars
A fantastic book that reminded us a little of Toy Syory and Mission Impossible. My daughter wishes her toys would come to life now ! We will definitely buy the sequel.
19th March '17
MicahW read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
I was really looking forward tobreading this book. I liked the idea of it and the story. The cover was eye catching, with the bright colours and bold letters. It was easy to read independently, and it wasn't too long, just over 200 pages so read it quite quickly. The black and white illustrations were good and helped you get into the story more, with seeing what the toys looked like. I liked all the toys, but my favourite one was Dan the teddy bear.  I would like to read the next spy toys book as well, as I enjoyed this one. 
15th October '18
I read it myself aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
Dan is a teddy but Dan was to strong to hug Dan met a robot police rabbit but criminal a elephant is trying to kidnap the prime minster's son what will Dan and police rabbit do. this is the best book I have ever read.
15th October '18
I read it myself aged 9 aged 9
Spy Toys 9781408870860
5 stars
Dan is a teddy but Dan was to strong to hug Dan met a robot police rabbit but criminal a elephant is trying to kidnap the prime minster's son what will Dan and police rabbit do. this is the best book I have ever read.  
15th October '18
I read it myself aged 9 aged 9
Spy Toys 9781408870860
5 stars
Dan is a teddy but Dan was to strong to hug Dan met a robot police rabbit but criminal a elephant is trying to kidnap the prime minster's son what will Dan and police rabbit do. this is the best book I have ever read.  
24th October '18
I read it myself aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
spy toys is AMAZING this book is about a bear who is to strong to hug a very very very angry doll and a bunny rabbit that is a robot and together they try to stop and evil elephant Hybrid from stealing the prime minister's son Sam
28th January '17
Actionbro9 read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
I liked this book because it is funny ! Mark powers is an amazing author and I cant wait for the seqel which is going to be called spy toys: out of the wild!
16th October '18
I read it myself aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
Dan is a teddy but Dan was to strong to hug Dan met a robot rabbit but criminals a elephant is trying to kidnap the prime minster son . This is a great book for age's 6-9 year's old.
25th February '17
I read it to Eric aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
Fantastic story about little expensive toys that come to life a great fun read a bit like toy story a must read
9th July '17
Elliemai read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
this book was really funny and i really enjoyed it, i cant wait for the next book in the series to be released 
10th March '17
I read it to 2R aged 6 to 7
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5 stars
This was a very enjoyable book - nothing like we've really read before. It was nice to read something different.
 
On first impressions the children liked the look of the book - especially the sparkly, glitzy front cover. They found that very exciting.
 
Spy Toys is about three 'reject' toys who are from the Snazztacular Ultrafun Factory. When made they were rejected because of being faulty in some way. Meet Dan, Arabella and Flax. Dan is a larger than life teddy bear who was blessed with super strength - much to his disappointment, as he was made to be a Snuggaliffic Cuddlestar teddy bear, mass produced to be the best hugger in town and with the sole purpose of being a child's cuddly fun friend. Arabella is a not so friendly looking rag doll who was rejected for having anger management issues and Flax a robotic police rabbit on a mission to retrieve something that is rightfully his.
Dan and Arabella embark on a mission to leave the toy factory - Dan, to find children to cuddle and Arabella to win money. They don't get very far in this search though, as they get surrounded by an army of ten tall robots who scoop them up in a giant net before Flax races to the rescue and removes the battery packs from all ten robots - just in time as well - as they were not at all happy looking and Dan and Arabella had been tarred with the same brush as Flax - who had been on the run from the police bots ever since he left his job as a police rabbit.
Together the 3 toys were captured by three claws descended from an overhead helicopter and taken to ‘Auntie Roz’ who is the Head of the Department of Secret Affairs. The toys are then employed to work for them in order to protect the Primeministers son who is in danger of being kidnapped by a humanoid elephant called Rusty Flumptrunk who appears to be Flax's arch enemy. Before they begin their first assignment as secret agent SPY TOYS they undergo some harsh and gruelling training in the form of three toddler triplets who are also works of the Snazztacular factory and set out to ruin the toys. The toys have trouble meeting the requirements set out by Auntie Roz and feel themself swamped and overcome by the demands and behaviour of the triplets. Dan eventually secures the situation by taking a lampost and bending it using his super strength in a positive way - to keep the triplets at bay, after the first attempt to corner them fails when he fiercely pulls the back doors of a parked van which they were going to use to trap the triplets in. The toys at first don't feel too happy about the challenge because they doubt they are even able to rise to it and overcome their fears and weaknesses - Dan is unable to control his strength and Arabella her anger. Quickly they settle into the jobs and plod on, making the occasional mistake here and there. Eventually they rise to the occasion and manage to defeat the elephant and save Sam Spinks, the prime ministers son. At the end of the book there is an equally astounding exert from the next book in the series - Spy Toys: Out of Control, which follows the toys as they begin their next assignment. It can be read as a stand alone as it re-introduces the characters but also follows on the story and their adventures so would be perfect read as a sequel.
 
The children really enjoyed this book for the following reasons:
GO aged 6: I liked it because at first Dan thought he would never be able to control his strength but at the end he was able to control his strength.
H aged 7: I liked it because if there was mayonnaise splatting I would like it to go on me because I love mayonnaise.
IS aged 7: I really liked it when Rusty Flumptrunk kept being rude to Dan because it was really funny, Animals in stories are really funny.
KC aged 7: One of my favourite bits was when Arabella said ‘I hate children’ because I think it was really funny the way she said it.
KB aged 6: I liked the bit when Rusty Flumptrunk gave the rabbit back his pompom. It was funny when Arabella and Dan asked why he had a pompom and he said ‘ITS MY TAIL.’ I found that very very funny.
HW aged 6: I liked the front cover because it was very colourful and sparkly. I love blue and yellow too.
TD aged 6: I liked it because it included toys who ended up being heroes and I thought the toys would never actually make it to saving Sam so I was quite amazed when they actually did save Sam.
GS aged 6: I liked when Dan and Arabella thought the two bits of fur in the snowball were the rabbits ears but they weren’t and Rusty Flumptrunk burst out of them.
AD aged 7: The book was really funny because I liked how toys actually saved the day, that was the best bit and also I like Dan because I liked cuddling and strong stuff two and he was a mixture of this. I loved the front cover – it was sparkly and colourful. The story was just amazing and it was very funny – it made me laugh a lot. I also like the name Rusty Flumptrunk because he was made out of metal but real elephants aren’t. I just like the name because it’s funny. I like the way it sounds.
 
Overall we thought this story was GREAT! With most children saying: “It was the best book we’ve won so far” They loved that there was a game that you could download too and I myself downloaded it - it was quite addictive and looked just like the illustrations from the book. A great story about believing in yourself, conquering and overcoming barriers and weaknesses and finding your inner strength. A perfect book for raising issues for PSHE, such as self-belief and pride. 
5th February '17
MunchkinMegan read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
I thought this was such a good book! I was fortunate enough to win a signed copy from the publisher and i was desperate to read it straight away as it just looked like so much fun.

I really enjoyed the characters, especially when they worked together and trained to become spies.

I thought the illustrations were cool and really helped the story flow, and to come off the page. I will definitely be looking out for the next in the series.

Easy enough to read in one sitting, it can be read to younger children or older children alone.
10th March '17
Jemt read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
Spy Toys 9781408870860
5 stars
I liked this book because it had toys and they could talk.  They become a group called Spy Toys.  I liked the missions that they went on.  I liked Dan the strong teddy bear he was my favourite character.  Because he was strong and he can crush cars.  I found this book easy to read and couldn't put it down.
17th March '17
Jbwise read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
Spy Toys 9781408870860
4 stars
Spy Toys is a great book!! It is about some toys that had a slight malfunction when they were built and they turned into spy toys! They have to defend the President's son from an evil elephant clown. 
I loved it because it is very funny, adventurous  and exciting. It was so good I couldn't put it down!
12th March '17
Jack the reader read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Spy Toys 9781408870860
4 stars
The mission of the Spy Toys is to save the Prime Minister's son.
This book is funny, I liked the characters including the 'baddies'. Lots of things happened that I didn't expect and this kept the story exciting.
From the start of this book I enjoyed it and new straight away that there would be a problem to solve which made it exciting.
I would recommend this book.
13th March '17
Harry04 read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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4 stars
Spy toys is about a group of toys that are faulty but become spies and go on adventures. The bear, Dan was my favourite character because he had super strength and loved children. I enjoyed this story because it was easy to read and really good.
11th December '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Spy Toys 9781408870860
3 stars
Toy Story meets Mission Impossible in Spy Toys, the first book in this action-packed series. Dan is a Snugaliffic Cuddlestar Teddy Bear with a faulty snuggle chip -- it makes him crush anything he hugs. Arabella is a Loadsasmiles Sunshine Doll with anger management issues who hates kids. Flax is a custom-made Police Robot Rabbit on the hunt for an evil, genetically-engineered elephant, Rusty Flumptrunk. When these three misfits are hired to protect the Prime Minister’s son, nothing goes as planned. But when Dan and Sam form a bond of friendship, nothing will stop the Spy Toys from rescuing their missing friend.

From avoiding toy-eating mechanical poodles in the reject pile to defusing a mayonnaise bomb and stealing ice cream from a strongly guarded kitchen, Spy Toys brings a high level of adventure to young readers. Often, the toys simply have to defend themselves against unruly children -- the highest level of danger. For Dan, Arabella and Flax, it’s rescue the prime minister’s son from kidnappers or be scrapped.

Fast-paced and gripping, Spy Toys offers young readers aged 7 – 9 a big dose of adult-like, action movie antics. With some creepy characters, some strong name calling and loads of toy-focused violence, this book could prove a bit disturbing to sensitive readers. 
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Nikalas and Tim are the author/illustrator team behind the Mega Mash-Up series. They write and draw together and laugh a lot. They met when Nikalas, who was working as a designer, thought Tim would be a good illustrator for some books he was working on, and then found out that t...

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