Fanny & Annabelle

Fanny & Annabelle

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by Holly Hobbie

Holly Hobbie, the bestselling author of the Toot & Puddle series, brings us FANNY & ANNABELLE, a new story about creative Fanny with a do-it-yourself theme. In the second Fanny adventure, Fanny writes her first picture book. Since Annabelle, her doll, was Fanny's first creation, it's fitting she should star in the story. Annabelle's adventure ends up


Holly Hobbie, the bestselling author of the Toot & Puddle series, brings us FANNY & ANNABELLE, a new story about creative Fanny with a do-it-yourself theme. In the second Fanny adventure, Fanny writes her first picture book. Since Annabelle, her doll, was Fanny's first creation, it's fitting she should star in the story. Annabelle's adventure ends up mirroring Fanny's own life as they both manage to give the perfect birthday gift to a loved one. With Hobbie's heartwarming art mixed with Fanny's own delightfully naïve drawings, this sweet tale will inspire fans and new readers alike to get creative.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In a follow-up to Fanny, the resourceful heroine decides to create a picture book about her doll, Annabelle. As Fanny writes, she finds, “The story just happened all by itself.” Hobbie's book alternates between spreads that show Fanny laboring over the creative process and ones that bring readers into the story she's writing, penned in Fanny's scrawl and illustrated by her childlike art. The clever narrative layering (Fanny and Annabelle's stories become inextricably entwined), enriched by the interplay of Annabelle's imaginary world with the urban realism of Hobbie's illustrations, makes for a winning tale about the right thing to do. Ages 3–6. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
I did not realize how few picture books "for girls" I encounter until I picked up this one. Tellingly, when I first sat down on the couch to read it and invited my children to join me, my six-year-old son scoffed. He had different ideas for play and called to his sister not to bother with that "girl book." But she cuddled close anyway, and he could hardly help but listen—soon, he was asking to see the pictures, too. It is just that sort of "reels-them-in" book, a story that could be written about boys or girls alike. Fanny is the short-haired, paints-wearing, appealing little girl; Annabelle is her doll, which she made (presumably in the first book about this twosome, Fanny). As the story begins, it is a rainy day, and Fanny decides to write and illustrate a story. Of course, the perfect hero for her story is her beloved Annabelle. In the story, Annabelle is a girl who lives with—and loves—her Aunt Sally. With Aunt Sally's birthday fast approaching, Annabelle wants to buy a lovely locket. Soon, though, she discovers that three dollars is not enough to buy such a fancy gift. The Annabelle character is sad—and her author, Fanny, is stuck. What believable plot twist could result in Annabelle getting the money she needs to buy the gift for her aunt? And what should Fanny do when faced with an unexpected "plot twist" of her own? We all found this to be a delightful, beautifully-illustrated story—the very best kind of rainy day delight. It is a veritable celebration of family, honesty, and creativity. The story-within-a-story format had the children itching to pick up their own crayons and paper to make tales of their own. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—The creative spirit that drove the child to make a doll in Hobbie's Fanny (Little, Brown, 2008) is at work again in this appealing story within a story. When a drizzly day inspires Fanny to make a picture book, she casts her doll as the lead. As Annabelle's story unfolds, Fanny unwittingly finds her own dilemma paralleled in the fiction she is creating. Although the stories have many similar elements, the two narratives are distinct due to the childlike penmanship and art that illustrate Annabelle's tale. This lively narrative generates just enough friction between the easy thing to do (keep found money) and the challenge of doing the right thing (return it) to grab readers' interest. Hobbie's delightful illustrations are suffused with warm pinks and yellows. They continue to capture an almost country charm but retain an urban sophistication because of the setting. The book strikes a balance between the subtle appeal of the message and the clarity required for young audiences. Children and the adults who share this title with them will enjoy it.—Piper Nyman, Brookmeade Elementary School, Nashville, TN
Kirkus Reviews
Hobbie's newest characters, the irrepressible Fanny and her homemade doll, Annabelle, return for another adventure (Fanny, 2008). On a rainy afternoon, Fanny decides to create a picture book starring Annabelle. With wry humor, the text explores the writing process as Fanny is alternately struck by inspiration and stifled by writer's block. Fanny's experiences and Annabelle's tale-complete with Fanny's accompanying illustrations-are interwoven throughout the story. Readers learn that art sometimes does imitate life as Fanny makes an amazing discovery of money and incorporates it into her writing. How Fanny and Annabelle handle their unexpected bounty makes for a charming adventure that is bound to please fans. The pen-and-ink-and-watercolor illustrations are characteristically sweet and show off the author's expert ability to capture the essence of childlike drawings without trying too hard. This lighthearted endeavor is a welcome addition to her repertoire. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
Fanny Series , #2
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Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Holly Hobbie has worked as an artist for more than thirty years and is the author of ten previous and highly acclaimed Toot & Puddle picture books, as well as the recently-published Fanny, and an illustrated memoir, The Art of Holly Hobbie.

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AuthorKellyMoran More than 1 year ago
Author Holly Hobbie has worked as an artist more than thirty years, having written and illustrated eleven of the highly acclaimed Toot & Puddle picture books, The Art of Holly Hobbie, and Fanny. Fanny & Annabelle is a children's picture book targeted for the two to eight-year-old bracket. Following Fanny and her handmade doll, Annabelle, Fanny decides to write a picture book about her doll called "Annabelle's Adventure," having the adventure herself while writing the book. This story is wonderful on many levels. Not only does it teach creativity with Fanny writing her book and previously making her doll, but it teaches the importance of right and wrong as well as problem solving skills. I would recommend this for the older children in this targeted market for five to eight years. The illustrations were just beautiful and engaging. A delightful and insightful book. Kelly Moran, Author and Reviewer