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The Doll People Paperback – August 25, 2003

4.7 out of 5 stars 165 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.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,550 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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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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The Doll People story has been one of the most loved stories by our family. We own the book and the CD of the story. Ann Martin the author has done an amazing job with the characters and the plot. As our daughter started reading this book, we, her parents, found ourselves asking what was happening next! Finally, we decided to purchase the CD so we could all listen to the story as we get ready for dinner. We have read this book time and time again. Our daughter never gets tired of the story at all. When we came to the end of the story the first time we read it, we all said how sad we were that it was all done. Thank goodness there is a 2nd story in the series! You can't go wrong purchasing this book. It will captivate you...A MUST buy!!
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My 9 year old daughter loved this book and it was the first book she found herself unable to put down. I read some parts of it at night with her and I enjoyed it as well. I was happy to see her finally experience the "can't put it down" book feeling I had been trying to describe to her. I don't think she could imagine wanting to read rather than turn on the idiot box or play a game on a tablet. She will definitely be reading the next in the series!
I cannot believe I almost forgot to mention the amazing illustrations! The most beautiful book we ever read was Hugo by Brian Selznick and his drawings in this book is what attracted us to it. They are a great addition to the pictures conjured up in your imagination while reading.
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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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My first grader is an independent reader and loved the Judy Moody and Ivy and Bean series of chapter books, so when she finished those, I began to search for a new series that would engage her (especially since she has such an active imagination). I read many positive reviews about The Doll People series of books (there are two others so far in the series), and when I discovered that Brian Selznick, who wrote the amazing The Invention of Hugo Cabret illustrated these books, I went ahead and purchased all three books.

My daughter loved The Doll People and read it over the span of a week as she found the storyline to be interesting with lots of mystery and suspense, and of course, a high sense of adventure. The Doll family have been around for more than a hundred years, traveling all the way from England on a ship to the United States sometime in the late 1800s. Annabelle Doll has been eight years old for a long time, living in her dollhouse with the rest of her family, i.e. Papa Doll, Mama Doll, Uncle Doll, her brother Bobby, Nanny, and adopted doll Betsy. Annabelle's life has been quite happy, but she feels a yearning for adventure. An opportunity presents itself when she finds an old journal that used to belong to Auntie Sarah, who was part of the Doll family, but went missing a long time ago. Annabelle wants to go look for Auntie Sarah, but many of her family members are fearful - what if Annabelle were discovered, and what if this caused her to go into Permanent Doll State, where she would remain a regular doll (without the ability to speak or move about) for the rest of her days?
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