on 14 May 2003
Annabelle Doll is an eight-year-old, and has been since she was made some 100 years ago! Part of a family of eight (including Papa Doll, Mama Doll, Uncle Doll, Auntie Sarah, Nanny, Annabelle, little-brother Bobby and Baby Betsy), Annabelle lives her little-girl doll existence - being played with, avoiding The Captain (her owner's cat), and most of all avoiding being seen as alive. However, when she discovers the journal of Auntie Sarah, who has been missing since 1955, she decides to find out what happened to her.
Things become better when her owner's little sister receives the Funcraft Doll House, complete with a brand new plastic family - neighbors. Annabelle, who must be cautious, to protect her china body, makes great friends with Tiffany Funcraft, who is wild and adventurous, with her unbreakable plastic body. Together the girls dare all (or a lot anyway), to find Auntie Sarah.
This book has an absolutely fantastic story. The author succeeds in keeping the main characters in character as dolls, showing their unique existence. There is a great deal of gentle humor, with the illustrations providing just the right amount of action, not distracting from the story. My 9-year-old daughter loved the story, and had absolutely no problem reading it. I recommend this book to everyone with a daughter!
on 31 May 2010
This book is for all lovers of doll's houses and adventure. It tells the tale of two doll families, The dolls (a family of porcelain dolls consisting of Mama, Papa, Auntie Sarah, Uncle Doll, Nanny, Anabelle, Bobby and Baby betsy)
and the Funcrafts (plastic doll family who consist of Mom, Dad, Tiffany, Bailey and Baby Britney)
the two eldest daughters of both families (Anabelle and Tiffany) team up to try and find Anabelle's lost Auntie Sarah. To do this it'll take lots of planning, reading auntie sarah's secret journal and running back and forth from (their owners) Kate and Nora's bedrooms along the way the two families will be captured by Captain the cat and risk the dredded Doll State or even Permenant Doll State.
I recommened this book to boys and girls (why restrict a book it's actually quite sexist and stupid to do so!) aged 7-15 and i hope all who read the book read the whole trilogy of the series about the dolls everyone wishes they have
I've been reading a lot of children's book lately, and this was a delightful read and very imaginative for the inner child in all of us, and those who love dolls, but as another reviewer has already said; why restrict this to only children, and only little girls? I suspect this would appeal to any child who still has their imagination intact which has not been spoiled by the modern world and its computer gadgets. The fact the story is built around dolls and a dolls house may well appeal more to little girls, but I would have thought the night-time escapades of the little dolls would most certainly capture the interest of boys too!
The quality of the book is quite delightful too with a raised sort of embossed surface to it - along with an attached quality dust-like cover that's part of the book itself even on the paperback.
This reads perfectly as a stand alone book/story, but it is the first in a trilogy which I usually find cheapens books and stories, and that I never usually buy into, but I've found myself ordering the second instalment with just a little chastisement from my inner adult counterpart! :-)