Monday, September 18, 2017

CCC Classic Toys

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads

DURATION: September 1, 2017 - February 28, 2018

Who doesn't remember their favorite childhood toys? While I know that many of you belong to younger generations than some of us, I'm hoping that you'll indulge us oldsters as we take a stroll down Memory Lane and revisit some classic toys that we enjoyed "back in the day" :) 

See this thread for more detailed rules for all CCC challenges.

♦ If you want to participate in this challenge, please sign up by posting at least a partial list of the challenge requirements. This gives us a post to link you to, which you can use to update your books as the challenge progresses. 

♦ Unless otherwise noted, books must be at least 150 pages long. (See the link above for rules regarding graphic novels.) Books may only be used for one task in this challenge, but cross-challenge posting is encouraged :) Re-reads are allowed, as long as you read the entire book. You must read at least half of the book AFTER the challenge begins in order to count it for this challenge.

♦ For each book you read, please post a link to the title, and indicate the author and the date you finished reading it. If a challenge task gives several options, please make it clear which option you’ve chosen. If the task calls for an item on the cover or specific author initials or name/s, you must include a link to the book cover and/or author's name, respectively.* 
PLEASE NOTE: When we say that an item must be visible in the Goodreads thumbnail, we mean the little cover that shows up in a post, not the cover on the book's main page. 
    * If you don’t know how to post a link to the book title, cover or author, see the instructions here: Add a link to the book title, book cover and/or author 

♦ When you complete the challenge, please post your entire list as a new message. If you do this while you still have the Edit window open, it will copy all of your links and formatting. If you don’t repost your list, with appropriate links, your name will not be added to the list of those who have completed the challenge.

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1. BARBIE : First sold in 1959, Barbie is a fashion doll manufactured by the American toy-company Mattel, Inc. American businesswoman Ruth Handler created the doll using a German doll called Bild Lilli as her inspiration.
✤ Read a book with a woman's name in the title OR a book with a character who works in a fashion-related field; tell us the career
The Secret Life of Violet Grant Beatriz Williams 9/13/17

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2. BARREL OF MONKEYS : Have as much fun as a barrel of monkeys by trying to link together as many monkeys as you can before they all fall off again. 
✤ Read a book with a "chain" of linked items on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail {the small image that shows up in a post}); post the cover OR a book with a plural noun in the title (monkeys, rivers, leaves, etc.)
The Bourbon Kings J.R. Ward 9/14/17

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3. COOTIE : The object of the Game of Cootie is to be the first to build a three-dimensional bug-like object called a "cootie" from a variety of plastic body parts. In 2003, Cootie was named to the Toy Industry Association's "Century of Toys List".
✤ Read a book from the Best Books of the 21st Century list OR a book with an insect of some sort in the title or on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail {the small image that shows up in a post}); post the cover
Coraline Neil Gaiman 11/12/17

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4. EASY BAKE OVEN : In 1963, a toy pretzel maker was about to be introduced to children as the Safety Bake Oven. TV broadcasters, not totally convinced of its safety, prompted the name change to Easy Bake Oven.
✤ Read a book with a main character who earns his/her living as a baker (NOT a chef, cook, etc.) OR a book whose title begins with a letter in OVEN (disregard A, An and The)
Wicked Charms Janet Evanovich 9/20/17

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5. ERECTOR SET : Dr. Alfred Carlton Gilbert created the Erector Set in 1912. He was 25 years old. He was inspired by railroad workers along the New Haven-Harlem line as they built an electrical system out of steel girders.
✤ Read a book with railroad tracks on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail {the small image that shows up in a post}); post the cover OR a book by an author who uses three names instead of just first and last names (i.e., Orson Scott Card, Joyce Carol Oates)
Struck (Phoebe Meadows, #1) by Amanda Carlson Struck Amanda Carlson 10/10/17

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6. ETCH-A-SKETCH : Etch-A-Sketch makes drawing fun and challenging. Turn the big white knobs to draw, and shake to erase the screen and start all over again.
✤ Read a book with at least two words in the title that rhyme OR a book whose plot makes you want to shake the book and start over again; without giving away any spoilers, tell us why
The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop Kate Saunders 10/17/17

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7. FRISBEE : How is a classic toy like the Frisbee born? In the mid 1940s, Walter F. Morrison sketched a design for the world's first flying disc, based on a popcorn lid tossed about at Thanksgiving dinner. Years later, he sold the disc to Wham-O, who changed the name from Pluto Platter to Frisbee. 
✤ Read a book whose title has changed since its original publication (tell us both titles) OR a book with a round object of some kind on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail {the small image that shows up in a post}); post the cover. Award seals do NOT count!
Kissing Sin (Riley Jenson Guardian #2) by Keri Arthur Kissing Sin Keri Arthur 10/17/17

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8. HOT WHEELS : Hot Wheels, die-cast toy cars introduced by American toy maker Mattel in 1968, were originally intended for children and young adults. But they have become popular with adult collectors, for whom limited edition models are now made available.
✤ Read a book with CHILDRENS on its main GR page OR a book with a car or truck on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail {the small image that shows up in a post}); post the cover
The Angels' Share (The Bourbon Kings, #2) by J.R. Ward The Angels' Share J.R. Ward 9/15/17

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9. HULA HOOPS : A toy hoop that is twirled around the waist, limbs or neck can provide hours of entertainment for children and adults alike. The underwriting hula hoop was invented in 1958 by Arthur K. "Spud" Melin and Richard Knerr, but children and adults around the world have played with hoops, twirling, rolling and throwing them throughout history. 
✤ Read a book by an author whose name contains at least one set of consecutive double letters OR a book set in Hawaii
Everything We Keep Kerry Lonsdale 9/1/17

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10. LEGOS : In 1932, carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen created a Toy Company that made wooden pull toys. He called the company LEGO - from the Danish words LEG GODT - which means play well. In 1949, he introduced Automatic Binding Bricks. Tubes were added to the bottom of the bricks in 1958 to create the LEGO we have today. The Lego Group estimates that it has produced over 400 billion LEGO blocks.
✤ Read a book set in a Scandinavian country (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland) OR a book with 19 or 32, intact, in the total number of pages; tell us how many pages
320 pages
Her Last Breath Linda Castillo 9/24/17

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11. LINCOLN LOGS : Lincoln Logs were the creation of John Lloyd Wright, the son of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Inspired on a 1916 trip to Tokyo, Japan where his father was building the Imperial Hotel, the young Mr. Wright watched workers build the structure with the revolutionary technique of interlocking beams. Named after President Abraham Lincoln, the original sales slogan was "Interesting playthings typifying the spirit of America."
✤ Read a book written by the son or daughter of a celebrity known for something other than writing (tell us the celebrity) OR a book with a subtitle
Jacob's Ladder: Gabe Katie Ashley 11/16/17

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12. LITE BRITE : Originally marketed in 1967, the Lite Brite consists of a light box with small colored plastic pegs that fit into a panel and illuminate to create a lit picture, illuminated by a standard light bulb, by either using one of the included templates or creating a 'freeform' image on a blank sheet of black paper. There are eight peg colors: red, blue, orange, white, green, yellow, pink, violet (purple).
✤ Read a book with an artificial light source on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail {the small image that shows up in a post}); post the cover OR a book with one of the above color names in the title

Dying Breath (Krewe of Hunters #21) by Heather Graham Dying Breath Heather Graham 10/8/17

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13. MAGIC 8 BALL : Ask your Magic 8 Ball a question before you make those big decisions. Flip it over and look in the window on the bottom for the reply. The Magic 8 Ball has all the answers.
✤ Read a book whose title is a question OR a book with an 8 in the original year of publication; tell us the year
Trust Me Brenda Novak 9/30/17

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14. MR. POTATO HEAD : Mr. Potato Head is a classic mix and match toy: build him in any combination you would like to make your very own creation. If you'd like to give him a family, add Mrs. Potato Head and Junior Potato Head too! Mr. Potato Head was the first toy to be advertised on network television. 
✤ Read a book with FAMILY on its main GR page OR a book with an honorific in the title (Mr., Mrs., Dr., etc.)
Mr. March Ann Roth 11/24/17

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15. PLAY DOH : In the early 1950's, Joe McVicker created a unique putty-like compound to clean wallpaper. His sister, a teacher, had complained that there was not a good modeling clay for small children. Mr. McVicker had his compound tested for safety and PlayDoh was born.
Make your own Play Doh
✤ Read a book by an author whose name includes the prefix Mc or Mac OR a book whose title contains the letters P, L, A and Y, in any order
Playboy Pilot Penelope Ward 9/23/17

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16. SEE & SAY : See 'N Say, introduced in 1965, was the first Mattel talking toy that allowed children to choose the exact phrase they wanted to hear by adjusting a pointer on the toy's face to a particular item and pulling the "chatty ring."
✤ Read a book set in the 1960s OR a book by an author whose first and last names begin with the same letter
Nauti Temptress Lora Leigh 9/9/17

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17. SILLY PUTTY : Stretch your imagination with Silly Putty - the crazy compound that bounces, molds, stretches, snaps and more! It's the classic 'toy with one moving part' that has been a kid favorite since 1950
Make your own Silly Putty
✤ Read a book whose title contains only words that are no more than five letters long (two-word minimum) OR a book with CLASSIC on its main GR page
Hit the Spot J. Daniels 9/7/17

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18. SIMON : An electronic game of memory skill, Simon creates a series of tones and lights and requires a user to repeat the series. If the user succeeds, the series becomes progressively longer and more complex.
✤ Read book #5 or higher in a series OR a book with a character who is known for his/her excellent memory
Love You More Lisa Gardner 9/4/17 (Detective D.D. Warren, #5)

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19. SLINKY : Since 1945, this toy made of a giant metal spring has walked, bounced and sprung its way into our lives. Sure, you can get it in bright colored plastic now, but part of the fun of a Slinky is the noise made by the metal as it "walks" down the stairs!
✤ Read a book with a staircase on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail {the small image that shows up in a post}); post the cover OR a book with a word ENDING in Y in the title
Y is for Yesterday Sue Grafton 9/10/17

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20. SOCK MONKEY : A sock monkey is a toy made from socks fashioned in the likeness of a monkey. These stuffed animals are a mixture of folk art and kitsch in the culture of the United States and the culture of Canada. The sock monkey's most direct predecessors originated in the Victorian era, when the craze for imitation stuffed animals swept from Europe into North America and met the burgeoning Arts and Crafts Movement.
✤ Read a book set in Canada or by a Canadian author OR a book set in the Victorian era (1837-1901)
Chasing Rhodes Anne Jolin 9/23/17

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21. SPIROGRAPH : This fun drawing set will have your budding artist creating a kaleidoscope of colors on paper. Stars and stripes, ribbons and bows, circles and squares, third dimensional images large and small…you name it.
✤ Read a book with what you consider an artsy cover; post the cover OR a book whose title begins with SP (ALL WORDS COUNT!)
Split Second Kasie West 11/6/17

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22. TIDDLYWINKS : Tiddlywinks is played on a flat surface with sets of small discs called "winks", a pot, which is the target, and a collection of squidgers, which are also discs. Players use a "squidger" to shoot a wink into flight by flicking the squidger across the top of a wink and then over its edge, thereby propelling it into the air, and hopefully, into the pot to earn points. 
✤ Read a book with an airborne object on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail {the small image that shows up in a post}); post the cover OR a book whose title or author's name contains a Q
American Queen Sierra Simone 9/11/17

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23. TINKERTOYS : Inspired by watching children play with pencils, sticks and empty spools of thread, Charles Pajeau and Robert Petit created Tinker Toys in 1914. Tinker Toys originally sold for 60¢ and were first called the “Thousand Wonder Builder.”
✤ Read a book written by two or more authors OR a book with a number in the title (One, 19 work, Second does not)
One Stiletto in the Grave Jason Krumbine 10/11/17

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24. TONKA TRUCKS : Using the Dakota Sioux word "Tanka" or Tonka, which means "great" or "big", the Mound Metalcraft company began selling metal toys which soon became the primary business. In November, the company name was changed to Tonka Toys Incorporated, and in 2001, Tonka trucks were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester NY.
✤ Read a book with a Native American character or by a Native American author OR a book originally published in 2001
Less than a Treason Dana Stabenow 9/16/17

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25. VIEW MASTER : In 1939, View-Master was first introduced at the New York World’s Fair. During World War II View-Master produced millions of reels for the U.S. Government that aided the military in airplane/ship identification and range estimation.
✤ Read a book with a character who is serving or who has served in the military (any branch, any country, any era) OR a book set during World War II
Dearest Rogue Elizabeth Hoyt 9/21/17

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