Dimensions: 272 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1 in
Published: August 1, 2000
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0786803614
ISBN - 13: 9780786803613
From the Publisher
Annabelle Doll is eight years old-she has been for more than a hundred years. Not a lot has happened to her, cooped up in the dollhouse, with the same doll family, day after day, year after year. . . until one day the Funcrafts move in.
About the Author
Brian Selznick is the author and illustrator of the New York Times best-selling The Invention of Hugo Cabret, winner of the 2008 Caldecott Medal and a National Book nominee. He has also illustrated many other books for children, including Frindle by Andrew Clements, Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Mu oz Ryan, and The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley, which received a 2001 Caldecott Honor. Brian lives in Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California.
From Our Editors
A family of porcelain dolls that has lived in the same house for one hundred years is taken aback when a new family of plastic dolls arrives and doesn't follow The Doll Code of Honor.
January 2001. Annabelle Doll is eight years old, as she''s been for over one hundred years, and she''s starting to find her circumscribed life stifling: she and her family are played with by Kate (or, without permission, by Kate''s little sister, Nora) or they engage in mild and quiet diversions like singalongs when the humans are out or asleep. Things have changed, however, with Annabelle''s discovery of the diary of her Aunt Sarah, who disappeared forty-five years ago, and with the arrival of a lively plastic doll family, the Funcrafts, whose daughter Tiffany becomes Annabelle''s bosom friend. The two doll girls decide to find Annabelle''s missing aunt, but on the way they have to deal with obstacles such as the household cat and the Dolls'' long-simmering family issues that surround Sarah''s disappearance. The dolls-come-alive plot retains its eternal allure, and Martin and Godwin make particularly entertaining use of the contrast between the dignified, handmade Dolls and the intrepid, happy-go-lucky Funcrafts. The plotting doesn''t really justify the book''s length, however, since the pacing is slow and indistinct; there''s also some contrivance to aspects of the Dolls'' life (the chronology doesn''t quite account for some concrete details or family feelings). It''s therefore not up to the standard of living-doll titles such as Waugh''s The Mennyms (BCCB 5/94) and Griffiths'' Caitlin''s Holiday (10/90), but it''s still a cozy and gently imaginative adventure, and its conv