Toymaker & Son Children’s Book
In that dreamy space between waking and rising, one morning over forty years ago, an idea was born that would ricochet around the world. It emerged as an image of a cobbled street in an ancient town, where an ornate sign swayed gently outside a toy shop. It simply read, Toymaker & Son.
The compelling story of Toymaker & Son, now presented for the first time as a beautifully illustrated children’s book, will be a delightful treasure for both young and old. The first limited edition is now available for purchase, and is a perfect gift for family and friends.
Toymaker & Son originated as a theatrical production for middle school children in England. Written and choreographed by Colin Harbinson, its blend of storytelling, drama, mime, music, dance, and colorful costuming has moved audiences from suspense, to laughter, to tears.
Since the first public performance with an adult cast in Venice, Italy, Toymaker & Son has gone on to captivate the hearts of millions of people in prestigious theatres, village squares, and on city streets, in over 70 countries and on six continents.
This high-quality, hardcover children’s book, re-tells the original theatrical story in a way that stimulates the imagination, and touches the heart. Toymaker & Son presents a compelling story about the conflict between good and evil, love and hate, joy and sorrow—set within a world of toys. It begins with a powerful rebellion against Toymaker, and ends with a daring rescue plan, led by Toymaker’s son.
Each part of the book unfolds through poetic, rhyming language that captures the drama of the story, along with rich, multi-dimensional illustrations that combine color, light, and movement.
Toymaker & Son will be a beautiful keepsake for your library, sure to be read and enjoyed, again and again.
Hardcover Book with Matte Coated Art Paper – 36 pages
285mm X 210mm | 11.22″ X 8.27″ | Landscape
(Currently shipping in the USA & Canada.)
This is the perfect book to share with with children and grandchildren. It is sure to delight.
Explore the Book
Video Introduction to Toymaker & Son
The Cast of Characters
Feedback from Readers
"Amazing! It took me back to when I saw the play performed as a teenager. What a beautiful reminder, and drawing back in of those years."
“Beautiful story, marvellously told, and boldly illustrated!”
Original and Creative...
“I loved it! Stunningly beautiful, original, and creative!”
“As soon as I saw the first image of Toymaker and his son, I cried! This is so beautiful!
“What a splendid publication: So well illustrated with poetic script as well.”
“As I read the book, memory after memory flooded over me. Thank you. I am filled with immense joy!”
"I thoroughly enjoyed the book – writing AND visuals. What a wonderful keepsake.”
Beautiful to Hold....
“This book is such a beautiful thing to hold and read through!
"What a stunning rendering of the story!"
Ordering from Outside the U.S.A. and Canada
Purchase in Other Countries: If you wish to purchase from outside of the U.S.A. or Canada, please write to us at the Canadian address below. We will consider the feasibility on a case by case basis and/or will notify you when distribution officially expands to other parts of the world.