Author – Danny Parker
Illustrations – Guy Shield
Age – 5+
Lola has a magical toybox. When her older brother Nick is being mean or teasing her, she climbs into the toybox at the end of her bed, always taking her favourite toy – a clown doll called Buddy. They always end up in a new place in ‘The Kingdom’ which is a magical place where toys go when they aren’t being played with.
Each book in this series for young readers is a different adventure. At the back of each book is a map showing the different area of ‘The Kingdom’.
Lola and Buddy climb into the box one day and when they open it again, they are in a wardrobe in the evil Plastic Princes’ Palace. They hide when they hear plastic soldiers coming, and then discover Felix (son of The Great High Bear) inside the Palace.
He is looking for some secret plans that the Plastic Prince has stolen. Felix has to steal them back.
In their mini-quest they have to solve a puzzle together, outwit the ‘Almost Toys’ (toys that haven’t been made properly) soldiers and escape back to Lola’s bedroom.
(Quest, Adventure, Friendship, Puzzle, Series)