TITLE: The Doll People’s Christmas
AUTHORS: Ann M. Martin & Laura Godwin
ILLUSTRATOR: Brett Helquist
PUBLISHER: Disney * Hyperion, 2016
Christmas is Annabelle Doll’s favorite time of year. She loves celebrating with her family, and she especially loves all the beautiful decorations Kate and Grandma Katherine put up in the dollhouse. She can’t wait to have Tiffany and the rest of the Funcrafts over for their very first Christmas. But when the angel topper for the Dolls’ tree breaks, Annabelle is convinced the holiday is ruined. And things only get worse when Kate and Nora decide to use the dolls to create a nativity scene downstairs, meaning Annabelle won’t be able to keep her special traditions at all! But as Christmas spirit fills the Palmers’ home, Annabelle realizes that all she needs for a truly perfect holiday is to share it with her friends and family.
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : This time of year always brings with it a chance to relive childhood memories as well as a chance to revisit the holiday celebrations of an time gone by. THE DOLL PEOPLE’S CHRISTMAS allows young readers to peek into the lives of Victorian era doll who eagerly join in the yearly holiday celebrations. But this year will be a little bit different when the doll people find themselves ceremoniously placed in a completely different environment. Will Christmas be the same? Or are the four walls of an old doll house and all those vintage holiday decorations really necessary to have a meaningful Christmas? A lovely addition to any library!
RATING: ****4 Stars****
1 star…probably not worth your time.
2 stars…there are some things to like, but some elements could have been stronger.
3 stars…this story will appeal to some readers, but others might find it lacking something.
4 stars…strong story, nice illustrations, and should grab the attention of many readers.
5 stars…superbly written story, stellar illustrations, a must addition to any book lovers’ collection!
Jack is afraid of the THING in the closet. Monty is afraid of the LUMP in the bed. One day boy and monster both decide they no longer want to fear what hides in the dark. Both have a plan, but will be surprised by what they discover after A BUMP IN THE NIGHT.
Hybrid published author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of flash fiction, children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna offers occasional BOOK NOOK REVIEWS of great children’s books and offers WRITERLY WISDOM to new and established writers. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Alliance of Independent Authors, and Children’s Book Insider. Donna loves dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.
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