The Doll People

by Ann Matthews Martin, Laura Godwin
Illustrator Brian Selznick

August 1, 2000 | Hardcover

The Doll People is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
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.

Format: Hardcover

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

Appropriate for ages: 8

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy Book I really enjoyed this book. I am 49 yrs old and do not particularly like dolls but it was fun to read. Take it to bed and cheer yourself up with this nicely bound, illustrated, large print book. Then give it to a child or friend or seniors home.
Date published: 2014-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simply Delightful! The Doll Family has lived at 26 Wetherby Lane for 100 years being passed down from mother to daughter all these years. Forty-five years ago Auntie Sarah simply disappeared and no one speaks of her anymore but Annabelle Doll finds Auntie Sarah's secret journal and decides she will leave the house and start to search for her. Along her searches she finds another doll family that has come to live with the youngest daughter of the family. The Dolls now have some fun neighbours and Annabelle finds a friend with the Funcraft Family. This book was pure delight! It was very reminiscent to me of The Borrowers, though the little people here are dollhouse dolls. The characters are simply charming and this is really a wonderful, fun, adventurous story to read. Brian Selznick's illustration bring the characters and setting to life as they decorate every third or forth page and sometimes the text stops for a whole two page spread illustration. Highly recommended for Grades 4 to 6, or as a read aloud for youngers. I wish I had daughters to read this too, but I, who am well past Grade 6 age, loved the story and will read the next two books in the series.
Date published: 2009-01-10

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The Doll People

by Ann Matthews Martin, Laura Godwin
Illustrator Brian Selznick

Format: Hardcover

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.

Editorial Reviews

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
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Appropriate for ages: 8