The Doll People’s Christmas – Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin, illustrated by Brett Hellquist

    The Doll People’s Christmas – Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin, illustrated by Brett Hellquist, Disney Hyperion, (9781484723395), 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  A picture book addition to The Doll People series brings the fun to a younger audience as a special holiday treat.  Annabelle and Tiffany are two very different dolls who happen to be best friends.  Annabelle is part of an antique Victorian doll family and she is “fragile and timid.”  Tiffany, part of a modern plastic doll family, is “sturdy and adventurous.”  Both dolls are careful to only move around when humans won’t see them and both know to watch out for a cat named The Captain.   Annabelle has 100 years of Christmas traditions and hates change, but when the two sisters who own the dollhouses get an idea, everything changes.  Despite some disappointments and a bit of danger, in the end Annabelle realizes that the best part of Christmas is spending it with those you love. The illustrations perfectly complement the story and are full of detail and expression.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This Christmas adventure will be greatly enjoyed by fans of The Doll People chapter book series.  Readers who love stories about dolls and toys that come to life will find lots to like in this one.  

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Holiday Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 9/30/17             

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