* " A] marvelous treat."
-Kirkus Reviews, starred review
The Meanest Doll in the World* "Wrapped in humor and adventure are serious considerations of self-esteem, the power of intimidation, and the nature of friendship."
-Kirkus Reviews, starred review The Runaway Dolls* "Fast-paced, satisfyingly developed, the book is doubly enjoyable for its foundation in a solidly imagined doll culture."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review The Doll People Set Sail* "A rousing adventure that treats fans to thrilling action (on a miniature scale) and personable new dolls to discover."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review
- ISBN-13: 9781484723395
- ISBN-10: 1484723392
- Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
- Publish Date: September 2016
- Page Count: 48
- Reading Level: Ages 4-7
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-09-26
- Reviewer: Staff
The Doll People series of novels expands to picture books as Christmas descends on the Palmer household. The Dollsdelicate Victorian dolls who belong to Kate Palmerand the plastic Funcrafts who live in younger sister Noras room neatly represent the push-and-pull between tradition and change that often arises during the holidays, and that drives the action of this story. After the tiny angel that always tops the Doll familys Christmas tree is broken, its the first of several unwelcome events that cause some holiday strife before Annabelle Doll realizes that spontaneity and new experiences can be good things. Interestingly, the dolls spend time near the (non-mobile) figurines of the Palmer familys Nativity scene, though the book doesnt delve into what the crèche represents. Still, the authors gentle storytelling and Helquists intimate images of the dolls miniature world create a Christmas story thats rich with emotion. Ages 35. (Sept.)