Toy Story 4 Readalikes

Description:  The film directly follows Toy Story 3, as Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and their other toy friends have found new appreciation living with Bonnie. They are joined by Forky, a spork that has been made into a toy, and embark on a road trip adventure.

Readalikes for Families

Appeals:  Anthropomorphism, adventure, family connection, humor


Escargot by Dashka Slater 

WorldCat’s Description:  Escargot is a beautiful French snail who only wants to be your favorite animal and get to the delicious salad at the end of the book, even if he has to try a carrot, which he hates. 

Crossover Appeal: The bright and colorful illustration style evokes a Pixar short, and readers will be cheering on Escargot with every page turn.

Corduroy by Don Freeman 

WorldCat’s Description: A teddy bear spends his days waiting in a store for someone to buy him.

Crossover Appeal:  An oldie but a goodie, this story of a stuffed bear adventuring its way towards a new home is similar in plot to the Toy Story franchise and will satisfy its fans’ love for a good plot as well as a heartwarming ending.

Kitchen Disco by Clare Foges

Amazon’s Description:  When the sun goes down, the Kitchen Disco starts up – and all the fruit in the fruit bowl come out to play. There are lemons who break-dance, tangerines who twirl and some very over-excited apples!

Crossover Appeal: The secret world hidden away from human eyes is a cornerstone to the Toy Story franchise, and Kitchen Disco‘s silly, fast-paced rhyming narrative is a sure win, especially for a read-aloud.

Rex Wrecks It by Ben Clanton 

WorldCat’s Description:  Gizmo, Sprinkles, and Wild are fed up. Every time they build something with their blocks, Rex wrecks it! Whether it’s an out-of-this-world rocket, a magical heart, or the biggest, strongest, most awesomerific castle ever, Rex sends it crashing down with a “”Rawr!” (and sometimes a sheepish “”Rawry!?”). Isn’t there “any way to make playtime fun for everyone?”

Crossover Appeal:  The internal lives and relationships between toys here, and the social-emotional aspects mirror some of the more heartstring-tugging moments of the Toy Story franchise without sacrificing the fun.

Rot, the Cutest in the World! by Ben Clanton

Amazon’s Description: Rot is a mutant potato. Like most mutant potatoes, Rot loves all sorts of games and contests. So when he sees a sign for the “Cutest in the World Contest,” he can’t wait to enter.

But when Rot realizes who he’s up against—an itty-bitty baby bunny, a little-wittle cuddly kitten, and an eenie-weenie jolly jellyfish—he loses confidence. Will the judges find room in their hearts for an adorable mutant potato?

Crossover Appeal:  Readers will find an unusual emotional attachment to this unlikely protagonist — much like Forky in the latest Toy Story installment — and the sheer absurdity of the plot will have readers giggling.

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