My mother is fabulous. I LOVED this series of books as a kid, and they recently came to mind but I couldn't for the life of me remember titles or authMy mother is fabulous. I LOVED this series of books as a kid, and they recently came to mind but I couldn't for the life of me remember titles or authors or anything remotely useful. So I emailed my mum asking her to look on the shelves for "the books with the dolls that I loved" and let me know who wrote them... she went one better and actually posted this one to me! SQUEE!!! They're just so lovely - the illustrations are all photographs of Jenny and Sue, the two girls (dolls), in the outback. And the stories are cute as well. Very Australian :)...more
**spoiler alert** Well, that was strange! So Heloise was a doll in the end, brought to life by her godmother who was Mary Child after all... what a tr**spoiler alert** Well, that was strange! So Heloise was a doll in the end, brought to life by her godmother who was Mary Child after all... what a trip. I like how it all came together at the end, and loved the metaphor of Sebastian's prison being the royal castle and he the prince - and loved his happy ending.
What I didn't get though was how he'd seen Mary Child/Heloise's godmother only a year beforehand since it seems implied that Heloise had been living there for more than just a year. Unless she was "born" and aged really super-fast so that a year to her could well feel like ten or so. I guess, since she was a doll...
I have a small gripe too. On the second page: "They are not wild birds. In fact, they are the kind that usually live their lives in cages - canaries, finches, budgerigars and the like." That the author is Australian and would say that budgies are not wild and usually caged just made me go all grrr. That should have been worded slightly differently, because when I read it I just assumed that the author didn't know that budgies are actually wild birds in Australia. A huge surprise to find that of all the nationalities, the author was Australian! Tch.
LOVED the parts with Old Mother and her choir the best, after the very creepy beginning at the house next door to the museum. It was only the last third or so where my interest began to wane a little, thus dropping this down from 4 stars to 3. It's a 3 1/2 though in any case. I like the slightly Victorian feel, though it's given neither a time nor a place. The setting was perfect....more