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By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

An exciting read-aloud.

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age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+

Perfect Read-aloud!

This is a very sweet book that encourages you to hunker down with your kids and drink hot chocolate while you enjoy the story. It also has plenty of humor and action as a young boy's toys try to save him from his illness by retreiving his father's old teddy bear from the wilds of the attic. The boy is near death's door and the father is missing and at war, so there are some very sad and anxious moments, but the toys save the day and all is well in the end!
age 5+

Wonderful read aloud

Loved the book from start to finish. Epic, incredible, heart wrenching, and action packed. Should be a classic.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Filled with good-versus-evil action, exaggerated characters, and a number of accents, DAVIN may be the best read-aloud in years. The authors' directions provide a recipe for magic, not to mention one for pinch cookies. Gather the kids together, make the cocoa and cookies, and gather the blankets and pillows: This is not just a book, it's an experience to be savored.

Hearing it read aloud, one group of rambunctious boys ages 5 to 10 were soon performing the sound effects, drumming on the furniture as armies advanced, and echoing the plaintive cries of outrage when Grandma Goddess stopped -- always at the best part. With a multitude of pleasures for both young and old, this marvelous, exciting, old-fashioned story hearkens back to the golden age of children's literature. It should have a treasured place on the shelf of every adult who loves to read to children and every child with an active imagination. A gem of the first order, a classic in the making.

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