The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale

The Toymakers

The Emporium opens with the first sign of frost...It is 1917, and while war wages across Europe, in the heart of London, there is a place of hope and enchantment.The Emporium sells toys that capture the imagination of children and adults alike: patchwork dogs that seem alive, toy boxes that are bigger on the inside, soldiers that can fight battles on their own.Into this family business comes young Cathy Wray, running away from a shameful past. Th...

Details The Toymakers

TitleThe Toymakers
Release DateFeb 8th, 2018
PublisherDel Rey
GenreFantasy, Historical, Historical Fiction, Magical Realism, Fiction

Reviews The Toymakers

  • Amalia Gavea
    ‘’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 drawn to the story of ‘’The Toymakers’’, but I thought that it would be an elegant fairytale, a book to prepare me for the festive reads of this year’s Christm...
  • Paromjit
    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 Cathy running away from home to work at the Emporium which offers accommodation. A traumatised Papa Jack Godman began to comprehend the role that toys have for a ch...
  • Kevin Ansbro
    "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."—Albert EinsteinSmall-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 baby given up for adoption.But then a serendipitous moment occurs; a highlighted ad in a newspaper’s situations vacant column: a position at a toymakers’ store, Papa John...
  • Hannah
    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 chapter and was absolutely convinced I would love the book to pieces. It brilliantly introduces Cathy, knocked-up and desperate, who flees her parents’ home to find work ...
  • Jules
    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 time I was reading this book. It was such a delight.However, this book is not all fun and games. While one brother obsesses over his toy soldiers in the Emporium, another...
  • Umut Reviews
    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 main character, who found herself working in a toy shop. There’s also a magical realism aspect to this book. But, something happens (which I don’t want to give awa...
  • Phrynne
    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 book are actually quite dark and the ending is amazing. I was stunned at the eventual outcome.The author writes well and has an excellent imagination. I felt sorry for th...
  • Dannii Elle
    "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 who travelled, with their estranged father Papa Jack, to this foreign city to make their home and perfect their craft. The toy shop has grown and every year, at first ...
  • Pauline
    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 the character of Cathy. I would like to thank NetGalley and Penguin Random House UK for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
  • Helene Jeppesen
    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 first meet her she is pregnant and stumbles across a ‘help needed’ add from Papa Jack’s Emporium, the magical toy shop. Cathy has nowhere else to go and decide...