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The Doll People Paperback – August 25, 2003

4.8 out of 5 stars 157 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Doll People Series

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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: 570 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; Reprint edition (September 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786812400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786812400
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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Format: Paperback
Hello. My internet nickname is StoryMaker. The Doll People is the title of an exciting chapter book that I reallly like. It is long enough and exciting enough for kids who like chapter books. The story is about a family of dolls. One of them is Annebelle, the main character. One of them is Auntie Sarah, but she has been missing for many years. Annebelle's life is boring. Well, it was boring. One day, a new set of dolls called the FunCrafts move in. (The C isn't really capital, but I like words that are smooshed together with both words capital. My own nickname, StoryMaker, is smooshed together like that.) One of the FunCrafts is Tiffany. She becomes best friend with Annebelle and they form a group called SELMP to search for Auntie Sarah. Annebelle and her family are made of china, but the FunCrafts are made of plastic so they are more sturdy. There is a cat named The Captain who the dolls are afraid of. All dolls must take an oath - a doll code - to become alive. The oath says to try not to let any humans see you move! If a human sees a doll move, the doll goes in Doll State and can't move for 24 hours. Espeaking of Doll State, there is a chapter I have to complain about called "Doll State". I thought it would be some kind of rescue, but no! It focuses on Annebelle even though she's in Doll State. That means the whole chapter is mainly about a doll that dosen't move! BO-RING! They tell her thoughts in Doll State, but that is creepy because it means in Doll State, dolls can think, but not move. That seems creepy. Another creepy thing is that dolls will never grow up. The good thing is that that means there can be a million sequels without them growing up! Yahoo! But I don't like how it dosen't say why Barbies don't take the oath.Read more ›
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