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. Restless Annabelle becomes even more curious about her aunt’s fate after she discovers Auntie Sarah’s old diary in the library. When the “Real Pink Plastic” Funcraft family moves in next door, Annabelle finds a fellow adventurer in the reckless Funcraft family whose fearlessness is born from their unbreakable plastic parts.
I can vividly recall reading The Doll People; I was still at that age where my dolls and dollhouse were the center of my life, and I remember peeking over the top of my book to catch my dolls mid-movement. No such luck.
But Martin and Godwin’s fantastic tale of Annabelle Doll, a doll who looks eight-years-old but has lived a long life, and her search for her Aunt Sarah, an exploring doll that has disappeared from the doll house seventy-five years ago, is a great read for any little girl obsessed with her dolls. The story is simple to understand, but still contains enough suspense to keep the story moving. And the beautiful illustrations by Selznick gives The Doll People just enough eye candy to make this chapter book feel less like a long read for those who don’t necessarily enjoy it.
- Martin, Ann M., Laura Godwin, and Brian Selznick. The Doll People. New York: Hyperion for Children, 2003. Print. 288 pgs. ISBN: 9780786812400. Source: Library.