The Doll People (Paperback)
Other Books in Series
This is book number 1 in the The Doll People series.
The 100-year-old Doll family, beautifully crafted china dolls passed down through four generations of girls in one American family, meet their new neighbors, the Funcrafts, a doll family made completely of plastic and delivered straight from the factory shelves.
Annabelle Doll is eight years old. She has been for over 100 years. Not a lot has happened to her, cooped up in the dollhouse, with the same doll people, day after day, year after year...until the Funcrafts move in. Now Annabelle has a friend. Sure, she's made entirely of plastic and she's living in the scariest room in the house, but she's an adventurer, and after 100 years of boredom, that's just what Annabelle needs.
About the Author
Ann M. Martin is the bestselling author of the momentous Baby-Sitters Club series as well as the Main Street series. Her other acclaimed novels include A Dog’s Life, Belle Teal, Rain Reign, and the Newbery Honor Book A Corner of the Universe. She lives in upstate New York.
Laura Godwin lives and works in New York City but grew up in Alberta, Canada. She has written many well-loved books for children, including Owl Sees Owl, Christmas in the Manger, This Is the Construction Worker, and Oh, Cats!
Brian Selznick is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Invention of Hugo Cabret, winner of the Caldecott Medal and a National Book Award nominee. He has illustrated many other books for children, including Frindle by Andrew Clements, Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Muñoz Ryan, and The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley, which received a Caldecott Honor. Brian lives in Brooklyn and San Diego.
"[Readers] are in for a marvelous treat in this delicious fantasy." —Kirkus, starred review
"Martin and Godwin inventively spin out their own variation on the perennially popular theme of toys who secretly come to life…Doll lovers may well approach their imaginative play with renewed enthusiasm and a sense of wonder after reading this fun-filled adventure." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"It's not easy to write a good book about dolls. Martin and Godwin not only set up a realistic doll world but also provide a credible mystery. The story gets a wonderful boost from Brian Selznick's pencil drawings...he catches every bit of humor."
"Black-and-white pencil drawings illustrate this lively addition to the doll-fantasy genre."
"A lighthearted touch and a dash of drama make this a satisfying read. Selznick's illustrations are perfectly suited to the innocent charm of the dolls and do much to draw readers into their world."
—School and Library Journal
"'The Doll People' is part of a solid tradition of doll stories. But Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin have given their amusing novel a decidedly contemporary twist: 19th-century porcelain meets 20th-century plastic."—The New York Times
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