Review of “The Doll People Set Sail”

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By Ann M. Martin & Laura Godwin
Pictures by Brett Helquist
Published by Disney Hyperion
278 pages

When the Palmer family decides to renovate their bedrooms, they place all of their things in storage boxes and charity boxes. Annabel (a china doll), Tiffany (a plastic doll), and their doll families get put in a storage box. But when their storage box is mixed up with the charity boxes, the charity agency accidentaly takes their storage box away and the dolls set out on their most exciting adventure yet.

This is the fourth book in the Doll People series. I wrote a review for the first book in this series, but I wanted to review this one because it is my favorite yet!

In this story, the dolls realize that they are in serious trouble when they get loaded onto a ship sailing for England and some of the dolls from both of their families fall out through a crack in the box. Now Annabel, her friends and family will have to search the big ship for the missing dolls. Actually, for the dolls, the ship is gigantic!  While searching for the missing dolls, Annabel and Tiffany climb boxes and ramps that seem like mountains!

During their quest, the two dolls also meet other doll people who help them find their missing friends and family members. My favorite new doll is Freya, one of the mermaid dolls. I really like her because she is calm and smart, and she really takes good care of her younger siblings.

I really liked this book because it has many new characters and places that the dolls have never dreamed of. Once, Annabel falls through the anchor hole and is saved only because her sweater, which her human owner, Kate Pameler, had knitted for her, unraveled to a rope! My favorite part is when the dolls find Bailey, one of the missing dolls in a cabin with a dozen real live ponies! I like the way he zips down the string to get out of the water trough.

Brett Helquist illustrated this book, while Brian Selznick illustrated the first three books in this series. I think I prefer Brian Selznick’s illustrations because, to me, his work seems more lifelike and colorful, even though both illustrators drew in black and white.

Overall, this was my favorite of the four Doll People books because it is their biggest adventure and because they go far away from home and to places they know nothing about.

I think girls ages 8-10 will enjoy this book.


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