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.
This book shares the messages of having integrity, never giving up, and loving those that are different than you. Ask your child how Annabelle shows all three of these traits throughout the story.
This adventurous story is full of facing fears, some sleuthing, and problem solving, and I love that it has that “Toy Story” feel of toys being alive. Even though the cover may cause some boys to think it’s a “girl book,” I think this book is such a fun gender neutral book! When Annabelle Doll finds out she might have a missing Aunt Doll somewhere in the house, she decides to face everyone’s biggest fear: leaving the dollhouse. Not only does Annabelle end up facing her fear, but she rallies together the entire Doll family and inspires them to face their fears on the quest to find their missing family member. They have to face cats, breaking, getting around, and humans (among other things), but they show bravery, courage, and dedication in their goal.
Ann M. Martin is the author of Ten Rules for Living with My Sister, Ten Good and Bad Things About My Life, Everything for a Dog, and Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure. She won a Newbery Honor Award for A Corner of the Universe, and is the author of the beloved Baby-Sitters Club series. She lives in upstate New York.