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A funny fantasy novel written by RobertRankin. It is about Jack, a young boy who [[TheRunaway runs away]] from home to a nearby city to seek his fortune. This city turns out to be [[ToyTime Toy City]], a dystopia with LivingToys. He befriends [[PunnyName Eddie Bear]], a teddy bear private detective, and investigates the serial murders of nursery rhyme characters. Followed by ''TheToyminator'' a few years later.
This novel provides examples of:
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: [[spoiler: Eddie becomes the mayor at the end. Jack becomes an "honorary prince"]]
%%* BigEater: Humpty Dumpty, when he was alive.
%%* BigDamnHeroes: Jill.
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: The houses are made of alphabet blocks.
* ClockPunk: Everything from guns to cars run on clockwork mechanisms. As do, unsurprisingly, some of the toys.
%%* DaChief: Chief Inspector Wellington Bellace
%%* DeadpanSnarker: Eddie
%%* TheDitz: Tinto. Jack might also be considered a ditz.
%%* EvilTwin: [[spoiler: Sredna Sredna]].
%%* FakeDefector: Jack, at one point.
* GenreSavvy: Jack has read aaallll the [[PrivateDetective Bill Winkie]] Thrillers
%%* GiantSpider: Miss Muffet's spider.
%%* {{Greed}}: Jack seeks fortune.
%%* INeedAFreakingDrink
* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: All humans look the same to toys.
* InterspeciesRomance: Subverted. Eddie is sickened by the idea of this. It is played straight with Garth and the dancing doll.
%%* ISurrenderSuckers: Done quite a bit near the climax.
%%* JiveTurkey: Randolph the delivery boy.
%%* KingOfAllCosmos: Big Box Fella [[spoiler:Mr. Anders]]
%%* LampshadeHanging: Quite a bit of it.
%%* LivingToys
%%* MacGuffin: [[spoiler: The Key]]. Lampshaded.
%%* NiceCharacterMeanActor: Miss Muffet.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Officer Chortle looks, and probably is, extremely stupid, but at one point he cunningly tricks Jack to admit falsely he is a murderer.
%%* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler: Bill Winkie]]
%%* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: [[spoiler: Eddie, Tinto, the nursery rhyme characters and probably many of the Toy City residents]].
%%* RhymesOnADime: The Rhymey Frog.
* RunningGag: Jack is called a gormster by everyone.
%%* RichBitch: Miss Muffet.
%%* SdrawkcabName: Sredna Sredna.
%%* ShapeShifter: [[spoiler: Sredna Sredna]].
%%* SnarkyNonHumanSidekick: Eddie, although Jack may be the sidekick in this relationship.
%%* StuffedInTheFridge: [[spoiler: Bill Winkie, Humpty Dumpty, Boy Blue, Mother Goose, Wibbly, Jack Sprat, Tommy Tucker and Jack Horner.]] Although the protagonists only really care about a few of them.
* TalksLikeASimile: Subverted. Eddie tries to talk like a simile, but he can never finish. It's as unfair asó.
%%* ToyTime: Although it's not a videogame.
%%* WhyDontYaJustShootHim
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Jack looks 16, but is really only 13. He's merely tall for his age.
%%* YouWannaGetSued: At least twice.