I just finished reading this out loud to my kids. Since it's the second of this series I've read out loud, I've really gotten the voices down, especially Plastic and Lumphy - it's very fun. It really struck me in this one how Jenkins sneaks some pretty serious life issues into these toys' lives. When the dryer might be nearing the end of her life, there's a look at how two different characters deal with such a situation. Plenty of jealousy too. Reading these aloud provides opportunity for explaining plenty of new vocabulary, as well.