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OTTAWA – November 2, 2006 – Here’s the list with something for everyone! The Canadian Toy Testing Council (CTTC), the leading authority on toys in Canada, has announced the top children’s toys – and books – for this year.

This year’s CTTC/ENERGIZER BATTERY-OPERATED TOY OF THE YEAR, CHILDREN’S CHOICE, BEST BET and GREAT BOOK award winners have been chosen — by Canada’s kids. “This year’s top awards reflect stylin' toys that provide substantive play for imaginative children,” says Leigh Poirier, CTTC Executive Director. All of the award winners were announced at the Council’s annual media conference, held at the Brookstreet Hotel in Ottawa.

The complete 2007 TOY REPORT is now available to consumers via the Council’s website:

The 2007 CTTC/Energizer Toy of the Year award went to: The Fly Pentop Computer - Children and parents are amazed by the potential of this smart, pen shaped mini-computer. Just draw a calculator and you’re ready for math; draw a keyboard, and you are ready to play your favourite music; or, write a message, and the pen will read it back to you.

Other toys selected in the 2007 Children's Choice Awards were:

  • LEARN-AROUND PLAYGROUND (ACTIVITY CENTER) from Leap Frog - 9 months - 3 years
  • V.SMILE JAMMIN' GYM CLASS from V.Tech Canada Inc. - 4 - 7 years
  • FUZION ASPHALT ULTIMATE CARVING SCOOTER from NextSport - 7 years and up
  • LEGO EXO-FORCE, SENTAI FORTRESS from Lego Canada Inc. 8 - 14 years
  • ZOOREKA from Cranium - 8 years and up
The toys are listed according to age. All award winners are of equal value. Complete list can be found on the CTTC Web Site.

The Canadian Toy Testing Council is a non-profit organization with over 50 years’ experience of learning through play. The Council tests toys for durability, safety, design, function, ease of assembly, battery consumption and overall play value. “We are the oldest independent toy evaluation organization in Canada, with the most intensive testing program,” Ms. Poirier says.

The CTTC is also pleased to announce this year’s GREAT BOOKS FOR CHILDREN. Over 1,000 children, ages three months to sixteen years, test toys and review children’s books for the Council on an ongoing basis.

Some of the books listed include:

  • Peek-a-Little Boo, written by Sheree Fitch and illustrated by Laura Watson. Orca Book Publishers
  • Je Suis Louna et je suis une artiste, written by Bertrand Gauthier, illustrated by Gérard Frischteau. Québec Amérique
  • Camilla Chameleon, written by Colleen Sydor, illustrated by Pascale Constantin. Kids Can Press 2005
  • Scaredy Squirrel, written and illustrated by Melanie Watt. Kids Can Press Ltd.
  • Backyard Birds, written and illustrated by Robert Bateman. The Madison Press Limited 2005
Complete list can be found on the CTTC Web Site.

“From the beginning, the Canadian Toy Testing Council has done the leg-work for the consumer,” advises Ms. Poirier. “The work, or play, done by the Council becomes more and more important as we help consumers navigate through the complexity of products and platforms in the toy arena."

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