Move over, Junie B. Jones and Ivy & Bean! Here comes a lovably energetic little sister with a BIG personality—and an imagination to match!
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, escaping from prison (aka time-out), 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.
Families are unique and have different expectations for the books they choose to read. The following is a list of concepts included in this book that some parents may wish to seek out or avoid.
Potty Humor: A few uses of potty humor.
Note that this list is not exhaustive and there may be concepts in this book that are not included or have been insufficiently or incorrectly detailed here.
Dory sometimes gets into trouble with all of her imagining. Ask your child how Dory could have still had fun using her imagination but follow the rules at the same time.
Dory doesn’t think she’ll like playing with the girl across the street, but they turn out to be good friends. Discuss with your child how we can find things in common with people we wouldn’t expect to get along with at first.
I thought this book was really fun, as Dory takes you along on all of her shenanigans and adventures. Dory reminds me slightly of a younger Junie B. Jones—completely herself and pretty funny. Dory learns that first impressions aren’t always the best way to judge someone’s character and ends up making a wonderful friend as she learns that lesson.
Abby Hanlon taught first grade in the New York public school system. Inspired by her students’ storytelling and drawings, Abby began to write her own stories for children. Her first book was Ralph Tells a Story followed by the Dory Fantasmagory books. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and their two children.