Dean Koontz's fable is what would happen if "Toy Story" met The Velveteen Rabbit. When toymaker Isaac Bodkins dies, the magical toys he has created must make a dangerous journey to find the new toymaker that will take his place. The person they are looking for is Colleen Shannon, a toymaker who can accept her role and continue the work of making magical toys to help children. But there are dark forces at work to prevent Colleen from becoming the next owner of Isaac's factory. Evil toys trapped in the subcellar of the factory awaken and pursue the good toys across town, trying to catch them and rip their stuffings out. Isaac's nephew Victor plans to sell the contents of the factory, then tear it down and build a subdivision on the land. And a sinister felon wants to buy the factory and make more evil toys like the ones from the cellar. Can stuffed animals, no matter how determined, stand up to all these opponents?
Along their journey they learn things about themselves and about life - the importance of friendship, faith, and courage, among other things. Besides The Velveteen Rabbit, this also reminds me The Tale of Despereaux with his long journey and the way he comes to understand that he is not the most important thing in the world. If you liked either of those books, or "Toy Story," then you'll love this book.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley, but it was published September 4, 2012.