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The Runaway Dolls (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)by Ann M. Martin, Laura Godwin
Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin
Best friends Annabelle Doll and Tiffany Funcraft have stumbled upon an unexpected visitor, a new doll named Tilly May. She arrived in a mysterious package . . . but she looks so familiar. Could she be Annabelle’s long-lost baby sister? It'll take a runaway adventure to find out for sure. Are the dolls ready for life on the road?
Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin bring us the third book in this enchanting trilogy about some very brave dolls.
From the Compact Disc edition.
The New York Times
A fantasy with one foot in reality, this third adventure for the mismatched team of antique porcelain Annabelle Doll and contemporary plastic plaything Tiffany Funcraft (previously encountered in The Doll People and The Meanest Doll in the World) has the daring duo running away from home, accompanied by Annabelle's newfound baby sister and soon joined by their brothers. Regretting their decision, not knowing the way home, they eventually land in the toy department of a large store, where they face new danger-being sold to separate owners. Obeying the Doll Code of Honor, the toys must wait until closing time to spring to life, which complicates their escape. Characters and their exploits are fresh: cowgirl Dakota Jane drives a wind-up truck; Elsipad is thrilled that proceeds from her sale "will be used to fight world hunger." The book opens with a narrative sequence of Selznick's (The Invention of Hugo Cabret) shaded b&w pencil drawings, which lure readers into the story and anticipate the first chapter, "The Mysterious Package." The lush illustrations-full bleeds as well as spot drawings and vignettes throughout -are integral expressions of the novel's spirit. Fast-paced, satisfyingly developed, the book is doubly enjoyable for its foundation in a solidly imagined doll culture. Ages 8-12. (Oct.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
When their human family leaves on vacation, Annabelle Doll and her best friend, Tiffany Funcraft, look forward to two fabulous weeks of freedom in the third title (Hyperion, 2008) in the series by Ann Martin and Laura Goodwin. Their first priority is to discover what is in the mysterious small package that has been delivered to the house. When pair realize that the package might contain Annabelle's long-lost little sister, they determine that the only way to ensure that she isn't returned to the sender is to take the doll and run away. Joined by their brothers, the dolls regret their decision when they become involved in more of an adventure than they could have imagined. Lynn Redgrave provides the perfect voice for each character, and gives Annabelle an old-fashioned voice to match her vintage status. Skillful pacing will keep readers engaged throughout. A delightful, expertly told tale.-Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Public Library, UT
Meet the Author
Ann M. Martin is the author and creator of the bestselling Babysitters Club as well as several other series. She has also written many other books for young readers, including A Snail No More, and P.S.Longer Letter Later, co-written with Paula Danzinger. Look for both on audio from Listening Library.
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