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Annabelle Doll is 8 years old--and has been for over 100 years. Nothing much has changed in the dollhouse during that time, except for the fact that 45 years ago, Annabelle's Auntie Sarah disappeared from the dollhouse without a trace. After all this time, restless Annabelle is becoming more and more curious about her aunt's fate. And when she discovers Auntie Sarah's old diary, she becomes positively driven. Her cautious family tries to discourage her, but Annabelle won't be stopped, even though she risks Permanent Doll State, in which she could turn into a regular, nonliving doll. And when the "Real Pink Plastic" Funcraft family moves in next door, the Doll family's world is turned upside down--in more ways than one!

Fans of The Borrowers and Stuart Little will love this exciting story of adventure and mystery. The relationship between the two doll families, one antique, one modern, is hilariously, wonderfully drawn. The Funcrafts are reckless and raucous, with fearlessness born of their unbreakable plastic parts. The Doll family is reserved and somewhat prim, even though they occasionally break into '60s tunes like "Respect" in their sing-alongs. Annabelle is a heroine with integrity and gumption. Ann Martin (The Babysitters Club series) and Laura Godwin create a witty, intriguing tale, illustrated with humor and a clever eye for detail by Brian Selznick. (Ages 7 to 11) --Emilie Coulter

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Passed down from one generation to the next, the Doll family has lived in the same dollhouse, located in the same room of the Palmer family's house, for 100 years. While the world outside has changed, their own lives have notDwith two significant exceptions. First, Auntie Sarah Doll suddenly and mysteriously disappeared 45 years ago, when the Doll family belonged to Kate Palmer's grandmother. More recently, the modern, plastic Funcraft family has moved into Kate's little sister's room. Following the time-honored traditions of such well-loved works as Rumer Godden's The Doll's House, The Mennyms by Sylvia Waugh and Pam Conrad's and Richard Egielski's The Tub People, Martin and Godwin inventively spin out their own variation on the perennially popular theme of toys who secretly come to life. By focusing on Annabelle's and Tiffany Funcraft's risky mission to find Auntie Sarah, the authors provide plenty of action and suspense, yet it is their skillfully crafted details about the dolls' personalities and daily routines that prove most memorable. Selznick's pencil illustrations cleverly capture the spark of life inhabiting the dolls' seemingly inanimate bodies. The contemporary draftsmanship frees the art from nostalgia even while the layoutDwhich presents the illustrations as standalone compositions as well as imaginatively integrated borders and vignettesDreinforces the old-fashioned mood of the doll theme. Doll lovers may well approach their imaginative play with renewed enthusiasm and a sense of wonder after reading this fun-filled adventure. Ages 7-10. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 570L (What's this?)
  • Series: Doll People
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; 1st edition (August 14, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786803614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786803613
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful By S. Lane Solona on October 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I wish this was Book One of a very long series...unfortunately, it currently stands alone. The story is delightfully imaginative and unique, told from the perspective of a porcelain family of dolls who surreptitiously live with the fourth generation of their beloved human family. Aided by the recent discovery of a secret journel, Annabelle, the little girl doll, resolves to decipher the mystery of her Aunt Sarah's disappearance from the house forty years before. Along the way, she learns the values of courage and friendship, determination and family love. Filled with adventure and truly interesting perspective, the book also teaches children about the differences in society today versus life 100 years ago. It's accompanied by wonderfully drawn illustrations that are featured throughout the book on practically every page. My daughter, aged 6, really loved the story and insisted upon sleeping with the book at night in place of her usual stuffed animals! In our family, this book ranks right up there with Charlotte's Web and Harry Potter.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
What a terrific story! My daughter (10 yrs) and I read this book together during our nightly ritual for reading before bedtime (together), and each night we had difficulty putting the book down, wanting to just keep reading to see what would happen next! The author writes in such a way that it makes one feel as if they are right there, living the story along with the charecters. When everyone at Kate's house is fast asleep the Doll family comes alive, inspiring the imagination and for some of use remembering a time when we too wondered if our dolls ever came alive when we weren't looking!
A great story, with wonderfully animated charecters, a good mystery and fun suspense that'll keep tickling your funny bone, especially when the Captain (a real live cat) decides to investigate the dolls, or a real spider almost the same size as one of the doll charecters, crawling a wee bit too close for comfort, truly awakening the imagination with the authors knack for giving just the right amount of detail to keep your mind wanting for more...
I'd recommend this book for anyone who enjoys sharing great stories with their children, especially moms and daughters.. even for adults who have a passion for dolls. Excellent, will be one of my favorites for a long long time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
The Doll People is about a doll family that is frighten because one of their family membes is missing. They can"t find her but Annabell suggest that they go looking for her in the human's house. Her parents are to afraid that she will go missing too,but that doesn't stop Annabell when she finds the members journal and starts looking for the missing member. However the big problem is how would Annabell get down from the doll house and from staying away human's. With a little help from the family and the new dolls,the Francraifs, she might be able to find the missing member and have a whole family again. That's why I give this book five stars because Annabell doesn't give up things she starts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Did you ever wonder what dolls do when your not around? If so, The Doll People by Ann M. Martin and Larua Godwin is for you. This book takes place in the Palmer's household. The main character is Annabelle doll, a one hundred year old china doll who's itching for adventure. When Annabelle stumbles across her Auntie Sarah's diary she is amazed. Her Auntie disappeared 45 years ago and this diary may have clues to where she might be. When Annabelle goes searching for her, she stumbles across the Funcrafts, another doll family. Annabelle makes a new friend Tiffany Funcraft and shares the diary with her. They find out she is in the attic somewhere. Will they be able to rescue Auntie Sarah? This book is one of my favorites because of the adventure and excitement. I would reccomend this book to anyone who loves adventure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kimbo on July 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The Doll People is a charming story about a family of dolls. It's a fanciful story that is little bit The Borrowers and a little bit Toy Story. What little girl hasn't wondered what her doll do at night? The adventures of the little china doll Anabelle and her family, a group of dolls made in the 1800s and their neighbors, a family of modern plastic dolls is a lovely story. I highly recomend it and can't wait for the next instalment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ktstar on July 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is another great work from Ann M. Martin, as well as another collaboration. In it, young Annabel Doll joins up with new girl Tiffany to save Annabel's aunt, who has been missing for years! The story is fun and keeps you guessing and going along, and the pictures by Brian Selznick are wonderful. Even though this book is generally for the younger people, I enjoyed it when I was thirteen, and others will too.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The Doll People puts into words the feeling many of us had about our dolls and stuffed animals as we grew up. The story is written in a very smooth, easy to read style. The many illustrations enhance the story by their creative placement. Two doll families live in a "people" home. One family is 100 years old and has been passed on through many generations. The other family, brand new and made of plastic, helps the old doll family to be more adventurous about moving throughout the "people" house. The two young girl dolls, Annabelle and Tiffany, have a mystery to solve and nothing gets in their way.
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