By Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin, Illustrated by Brian Selznick
In this sequel to The Doll People, readers can catch up with their favourite family of dolls! Passed down from 1 generation to the next, the Doll family has lived in the same dollhouse, located in the same room of the Palmer family's house, for 100 years! While the world outside has changed, their own lives have not - with 2 significant exceptions. First, Auntie Sarah Doll suddenly and mysteriously disappeared 45 years ago, when the Doll family belonged to Kate Palmer's grandmother. More recently, the modern, plastic Funcraft family has moved into Kate's little sister's room. Following the time-honored traditions of such well-loved works as Rumer Godden's The Doll's House, The Mennyms by Sylvia Waugh and Pam Conrad's and Richard Egielski's The Tub People, Martin and Godwin inventively spin out their own variation on the perennially popular theme of toys who secretly come to life. By focusing on Annabelle's and Tiffany Funcraft's risky mission to find Auntie Sarah, the authors provide plenty of action and suspense, yet it is their skillfully crafted details about the dolls' personalities and daily routines that prove most memorable.
Brian Selznick's pencil illustrations cleverly capture the spark of life inhabiting the dolls' seemingly inanimate bodies. The contemporary draftsmanship frees the art from nostalgia even while the layout - which presents the illustrations as stand alone compositions as well as imaginatively integrated borders and vignettes - reinforces the old-fashioned mood of the doll theme.
Softcover containing 260 pages.