As the youngest in her family, Dory really wants attention, and more than anything she wants her brother and sister to play with her. Read more...
As the youngest in her family, Dory really wants attention, and more than anything she wants her brother and sister to play with her. But she s too much of a baby for them, so she s left to her own devices including her wild imagination and untiring energy. Her siblings may roll their eyes at her childish games, but Dory has lots of things to do: outsmarting the monsters all over the house, moving into the closet, and exacting revenge on her sister s favorite doll. And when they really need her, daring Dory will prove her bravery, and finally get exactly what she has been looking for.
With plenty of pictures bursting with charm and character, this hilarious book about an irresistible rascal is the new must-read for the chapter book set."
- ISBN-13: 9780803740884
- ISBN-10: 0803740883
- Publisher: Dial Books
- Publish Date: October 2014
- Page Count: 151
- Reading Level: Ages 6-8
Series: Dory #3
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-09-15
- Reviewer: Staff
Dory’s nickname, “Rascal,” is an immediate tip-off to the six-year-old’s personality, but there’s more to Dory than just being a spitfire. To combat her older siblings’ refusal to play with her because she’s a “baby,” Dory conjures up Mary, a monster friend who appreciates her incessant questions, like “Why do we have armpits?” and “What is the opposite of sandwich?” Dory’s pestering leads Luke and Violet to tell her that 507-year-old Mrs. Gobble Gracker, “who robs baby girls,” is looking for her. This sets Dory’s imagination spinning, leading to the appearance of the vampiric Mrs. Gobble Gracker and the gnomelike Mr. Nuggy, who introduces himself as her fairy godmother. Reality and fantasy combine hilariously in a story that, at heart, is about a girl who wants little more than to spend time with her brother and sister. Hanlon’s (Ralph Tells a Story) loosely scrawled illustrations, speech balloons, and hand-lettering are an enormous part of the story’s humor, channeling Dory’s energy and emotions as emphatically as the narration. Time spent with Dory is time well spent. Ages 6–8. Agent: Ann Tobias, A Literary Agency for Children’s Books. (Oct.)