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The Doll People (Doll People #1)

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A family of porcelain dolls that has lived in the same house for one hundred years is taken aback when a new family of plastic dolls arrives and doesn't follow The Doll Code of Honor. Annabelle Doll is eight years old- she has been for more than a hundred years. Not a lot has happened to her, cooped up in the dollhouse, with the same doll people, day after day, year after ...more
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Published 2000 by Scholastic
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Aug 10, 2012 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Aww, I wish my kids liked this more than they did. I mean they did like it, definitely, but they didn’t like like it, you know? And this review is going to have to reflect their reaction to it, not mine, because personally I think this book is cute. But evidently they have different tastes than I do, and who am I to judge? (Just for the record, though, those little jerks wouldn’t know a good book if it bit ’em in the ass.)

The Doll People is the story of a bunch of anthropomorphic dolls who’ve li
If you are looking for a story that you can share with your chapter reader that doesn't include first loves, cliques or mean girls than this is the story for you. This was a sweet, delightful and clever story about adventure, friendship and mystery.

Annabelle is part of a doll set that is over one hundred years old. The set has been passed down from grandmother to daughter to granddaughter. Annabelle is curious about what happened to her Auntie Sarah who disappeared from the doll set over 50 yea
This is the first book in the Doll People series, but I unknowingly read them out of order, starting with the third book which is the only one my library had on audiobook. I loved it so much that I asked for the first one for my birthday ;-) I loved it, too.

Here is the story of Annabelle Doll and her family. Created over 100 years ago in England, the Doll family came to live with a little girl in America and has been passed down from mother to daughter over the years. Annabelle and her family no
Katie Carson
Although this book is a favorite on my bookshelves, many of my eighth grade girls seems reluctant to pick it up (by fourteen, you apparently should be over dolls, in the eyes of my students) and enthralled within the first few pages. The story about is about an old porcelain doll family who is bombarded with the arrival of a new plastic doll family, who do not respect their "dated" ways of life and The Doll Code of Honor.
This brought to my mind memories of my mom forcing her old Chrissy doll (I
Dec 25, 2010 Kacy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG BEST BOOK IN THE WORLD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Linda Lipko
If you are looking for something in depth and intellectual, this isn't the book for you, but if you are weary, tired and simply wanting something smooth, delightfully creative, imaginative and unique, then by all means, take a journey through doll land where magic occurs.

A porcelain family of dolls have inhabited an antique doll house for four generations. They come alive during the day when the house is empty and at night when the house is quiet.

There are funny adventures, both inside the doll
Brittney Griffith
This book is one of my favorites from when I was younger. I love the mystery of trying to find Auntie Sarah and all of the adventures that Annabell goes on to find her aunt and get around the house. Annabell is a doll, who has been passed down in the same family for generations. Fifty years ago, Auntie Sarah disappeared and Annabell's doll family has never found out where she disappeared to. When another doll family moves in, Annabell befriends the daughter and they decide that Annabell needs to ...more
Rebecca McNutt
May 04, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Original, creative and filled with stunning illustrations, The Doll People is a great book for children with a lot to offer, including a colorful cast of characters, vivid imagery and a large amount of vocabulary. It's nostalgic too, Martin also brought us Babysitters Club Collection #1 in the Nineties and her style is clearly visible in the text.
Claire S
Mar 30, 2009 Claire S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, novel, ever-young
We really liked this, but were sort of weirded out by it. Plus, an ongoing weird thing would happen where, toys that make music would go on mysteriously in the middle of the night. Throughout my daughter's childhood... it would happen now and then. This one ball with knob-like things sticking out that was really loud, and this one horse with a purple mane.. So, given that, we were perhaps a little bit sensitive. Anyway, great book, the sequel as well. A bit dark, but still..
Mar 29, 2016 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love, love, loved this book when I was a bit younger. Would quickly recommend it to anyone asking. :)
Lizzy Knowles
Oct 23, 2012 Lizzy Knowles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written by Ann M. Martin & Laura Godwin
Pictures by Brian Selznick

There is a house of dolls, but not just any kind of dolls they are alive. Humans don’t know this but when they are away they can talk, walk, read and do just about anything that you could think of. There is one doll who has a secret that no one else knows, and her name is Annabelle. She has 7 people in her family, one is a nanny. Her aunt and uncle live with her and her family.
Auntie Sarah has been missing for
May 09, 2012 Mariana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I give this book 5 stars because it is a-ma-zing. It tells me that dolls are people too, st the beginnig when Mr. Judd gave me this book, I thought it was for babies! But no way, it is amazing! It is a gorgeous story.

At Kate's room lied a 100 year old doll house which loved a very curous little girl, Annabelle. She and her family were very scared of humans because they did not want to enter Permanent Doll State, which is when a doll shows herself to a human and then the doll dies
(NS) Becca
Oct 21, 2009 (NS) Becca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fict
Doll people is a fantastic book that explores the adventures of Annabelle the doll and her secret life. Annabelle keeps us in suspense as she dabbles in some dangerous business and threatens her own "permanent doll state."

I literally could not put this put down as I read it. I have always been a huge fan of Ann Martin, but this collaboratively written novel is an excellent new tale. It enlightened me to a new style of writing that I had never read from Ann Martin before (I read the whole babysi
Aug 16, 2016 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I found this on the children's shelves while working at the library, I knew I had to read it, hoping to recapture the magic of a book from my childhood (in the 50's). My sister and I have tried to find at least some reference to that book over the years, but not remembering the exact title has kept us from doing so. It featured a doll house family similar to this one, made of china, but without movable joints, so that the illustrations showed them leaning against their chairs. We both remem ...more
Goldilocks Reviews
This was just as tender and sweet as I remember when I read this in third grade. This book provides wonderful nostalgia and makes me so happy whenever I think about it.

The Doll People features the delicate china doll family that have been passed down through generations over one hundred years. The real secret is that the dolls come alive when their owners leave the room. The Doll family is comprised of Mama, Papa, Uncle, Auntie Sarah (who went missing in 1955), Nanny, Bobby, Baby Betsy (who came
 (NS) Amie
I enjoyed listening to this low fantasy story about personified toys. Annabelle Doll and her family of china dolls have lived a happy, yet somewhat boring, life for over one hundred years in their doll house. Annabelle, the most curious of the all wants to find out what happened to her Aunt Sarah, who vanished almost fifty years ago, and is determined to find her even if it means leaving their home and risking the chance of being seen out of place by the humans who own them. Adding to the excite ...more
This was a very cute and imaginative book and the reader was excellent (the same one who read Inkheart). I think every little girl (and maybe boys too!) wonder about their dolls coming alive when they aren't looking. I remember watching Raggedy Ann and Andy and then thinking about my dolls. This book has a nice mixture of old-fashioned and modern and several generations of family living in the same house. Don't tell him I mentioned this, but even my almost 15 year old boy thought that this was p ...more
Linda Johnson
Mar 24, 2013 Linda Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who has ever wondered if dolls can be real.
Recommended to Linda by: Students in the library
Ever since I was a little girl and had a dollhouse that my father built, I used to imagine that the dolls were real.

This book brought me back to my childhood and the wonderful memories of that dollhouse.

The story tells of an daring doll and her adventures to find her aunt (also adventuresome) who had gone missing. Of course, all of the doll's activities have to happen when the people are gone or asleep.

Read about Annabelle and the other dolls in the family as they travel through the house looki
Jul 17, 2011 Hillari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this aloud to my three children, ages 7, 5, and 3. We all really enjoyed it. It was a fun story with a good mystery thrown in. I highly recommend it as a read-aloud, or for a young reader. Although I have to admit--it was exremely tempting to sneak ahead and find out what really happened to Auntie Sarah, so you don't necessarily have to be young to enjoy this one.
I also have to add that my children saw on goodreads that there are two sequels out to this book, and they are begging me to im
Mar 30, 2009 Shanelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My daughter LOVED this book. I have never seen her so excited to read a book before, she couldn't put it down. She was so excited she wanted me to read it too. I thought it was cute, and I liked the drawings. What I liked most about the book was an underlying theme about how two sisters take care of their "dolls." Kate, takes good care of her dolls, thus she is more beloved by the doll people. Nora, is not so gentle and she is dreaded when she plays with the them. To see my daughter excited abou ...more
Tabitha Marian
Feb 11, 2016 Tabitha Marian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Love this book! :) I have it here, and I plan on reading it again sometime.
Giving Gardener
Annabelle and her doll family have lived with their owners for over 100 years. During that time, Aunt Sarah disappeared and has been gone for 45 years. The family chooses not to speak of her, which frustrates restless Annabelle. When looking through the dollhouse library, Annabelle discovers the unknown journal of Aunt Sarah. This sparks Annabelle's curiosity and she begins to search for her long-lost aunt. In the midst of planning for the search, Annabelle's family meet another doll family and ...more
I Love to Read!
Jul 19, 2016 I Love to Read! rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though this book is the first in The Doll People series, I read all the other books in this series before I read this one. That didn't change how much I liked the book, but it was still like all other first books in a series - a lot of character introductions and a lot of explaining about the life of dolls. It was still a great book, and I would recommend the series to anyone who likes children's books!!
Brigid McMenamin
Aug 02, 2016 Brigid McMenamin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: The Doll People
Author: Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin
Illustrator: Brian Selznick
Genre: Fantasy Fiction
Theme: Family, friendship, adventure
Opening line/sentence:
It had been forty-five years since Annabelle Doll had last seen Auntie Sarah.
Brief Book Summary:
Annabelle is a china doll who is over a hundred years old. She and her family can move only when humans are not looking. Annabelle and her friend Tiffany go on an adventure to find a lost doll and reunite her with her family.
Jun 02, 2016 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Doll People" by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin is a wonderful little book for young readers.

A story about a set of dolls that have been passed from one generation to another for more than one hundred years. What happens is that the dolls come alive when humans are not present. A young doll, named Annabelle, has been eight years old for a hundred years, and is bored with the continual, repetitive routine within the dollhouse. She longs for something exciting to happen.

Another doll in the s
Title: The Doll People
Author: Ann M. Martin & Laura Godwin
Illustrator: Brian Selznick
Genre: Fantasy Fiction
Theme(s): Adventure, Fantasy, Friendship
Opening line/sentence: “It had been forty-five years since Annabelle Doll had last seen Auntie Sarah.”
Brief Book Summary: The Doll People tells the story of Annabelle and her new friend Tiffany. Together with the help of some clues they find in their house, they go on a mission to find Annabelle’s Auntie Sarah. The only catch: they are dolls that
Mary Helene
Dear Sophia,
Thank you for loaning me The Doll People. I really liked it. What did I like?
p.15 – The heroine talks about the difference between being bored and being restless. I started thinking about this difference in my own life. Restlessness is a sign that something is missing. I think we should pay attention to restlessness in our lives. The heroine’s restlessness is solved by a friend: that’s what she needed. We need different things in our life, but friendship is certainly one of them. W
Caycee Hatchette
Personal reaction- this book was really enjoyable. I thought it might be a little weird and unbelievable at first, but as I kept reading, the more I was able to enjoy and start to question whether or not dolls are people too.

Read aloud to make curriculum connection-I think that you could read this book aloud to have students reflect on imagination with writing. I think that you could have students pick an inanimate object to give life to write a story about and at the same time, you could read
Jessica Mcmahon
Jun 07, 2014 Jessica Mcmahon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Annabelle Doll is a doll hundreds made in England and passed down from generations to a girl in America. She actually has a conscious mind- as does the rest of her family. They are also able to walk and talk to each other, but they must be careful. Being caught moving by a human means they fall into something called the "doll state," where you are not able to move until some time later. And then there is permanent doll state- which is the doll state... But it lasts FOREVER. Annabelle's family is ...more
Jackie B. Forman
I read The Doll People as part of my 2015 Complete Works challenge. I am reading all the books that Brian Selznick wrote/illustrated. This is a chapter book about a family of china dolls from the 1800s who have lived for over 100 years and entertained the women of the family. They are on their 4th generation of children and have two different dilemmas facing them: First, one of the dolls in their family has been missing for 45 years. Second, a new family of dolls "moved in" with the little siste ...more
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Ann Matthews Martin was born on August 12, 1955. She grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, with her parents and her younger sister, Jane. After graduating from Smith College, Ann became a teacher and then an editor of children's books. She's now a full-time writer.

Ann gets the ideas for her books from many different places. Some are based on personal experiences, while others are based on childhood me
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