Polyphonist’s #CBR5 Review #6: The Doll People by Ann M. Martin, Laura Godwin, Brian Selznick


The Doll People by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin (with pictures by Brian Selznick) is a sweet children’s adventure book about the importance of family, friendship, courage, and adventures.

Annabelle Doll and her family haven’t seen her Aunt Sarah in 45 years.  In this world, much like Toy Story ouerve , toys can come to life after there are no humans around.  If you are caught out of your proper place when a human does come around, though, you risk being put into Permanent Doll State.  For this reason, the Doll family hasn’t gone looking for Auntie Sarah.  They fear getting caught and losing their own doll lives.

But one day, Annabelle discovers Auntie Sarah had a journal.  She starts reading it, hoping it will give her insight to her Auntie’s disappearance.  What it tells her is that Auntie Sarah liked to explore the house…and not just their Doll house, but the house in which their humans lived in!  This was a revolutionary idea to Annabelle and so she started cautiously go exploring, hoping to find Auntie Sarah.

On one such expedition, she comes across another Doll house in another room.  This is a far more modern, plastic version of a doll house, and the family that lives in it are called the Funcrafts.  The Funcrafts are also plastic.  They have a daughter named Tiffany, who’s just about Annabelle’s age.  The two become fast friends and wind up reading Auntie Sarah’s journal and exploring together.

They wind up in some scrapes along the way but there is a happy ending and a doll house door left wide open for sequels.  It’s sweet and beautifully drawn, and probably would make a good reading-a-chapter-to-a-child-before-bedtime kind of book.