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Title:
The meanest doll in the world
Author:
Martin, Ann M., 1955-
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Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
260 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
Annabelle and Tiffany, dolls who are best friends living in the Palmer house, have an adventure when they hide in Kate Palmer's backpack, are carried to school, mistakenly go to another house, and try to stop Princess Mimi, a doll who threatens all dollkind.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
690 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.6 5.0 71437.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.2 9 Quiz: 34044 Guided reading level: Q.
ISBN:
9780786808786

9780786852970

9781435287815

9780756945985
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Book

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Annabelle Doll and Tiffany Funcraft are two dolls who have been best friends since they met in Kate Palmer's house at 26 Wetherby Lane. In this sequel to The Doll People, they hitch a ride in Kate's backpack and find themselves in the biggest adventure of their lives, a day at school! But when an attempt to return home lands them in the wrong house, they're in far deeper trouble than they imagined. Along with a host of new doll friends, they also encounter Mean Mimi, the wickedest doll of all. Mean Mimi is mean-really mean-and she's determined to rule all of Dollkind or else destroy it. Will the world ever be safe for dolls again? In this masterfully plotted sequel, Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin, with the help of Brian Selznick's ingenious black-and-white illustrations, take the reader on another nonstop adventure from a doll's eye view!


Author Notes

Ann Mathews Martin was born on August 12, 1955 in Princeton, New Jersey. She received a degree in elementary education and psychology from Smith College. She worked as a teacher, was an editor of children's books for both Bantam and Scholastic, and then became a full-time writer.

She is the author of several series including the Baby-sitters Club series, Baby-Sitters Little Sister series, California Diaries series, and Main Street series. Her other works include Ten Kids No Pets, Here Today, On Christmas Eve, and Rain Reign.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 5-8. It was exciting when the 100-year-old, dollhouse-dwelling Doll Family met the modern, real pink plastic Funcrafts in The Doll People (2000), a thoroughly charming exploration of the fantasy that dolls are secretly alive. In this action-packed sequel, things heat up even further after Annabelle Doll and her best friend Tiffany Funcraft dive into the human girl's backpack and get hauled off to school. They end up in the wrong kid's backpack and in the home of the meanest doll in the world! Will they bravely take on Mean Mimi, who is determined to expose the sacred secret of dollkind? And, how will they get home? Selznick's pencil drawings are winningly expressive, and the clever title-page progression, spelling out The Meanest Doll in the World in several pages, is not to be missed. There are inspiring moments of fortitude here as the dolls show readers how to live with integrity and without fear. Though the authors provide background info, readers will want to start with the first novel. --Karin Snelson Copyright 2003 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

The team behind The Doll People serves up a second helping of fanciful fun as they continue the adventures of two sets of dolls-the antique Doll family and the more contemporary Funcrafts. And they also introduce a deliciously evil new character, Princess Mimi, "the meanest doll in the world." Selznick previews Mimi's personality with a pencil-marred title page on which the titular villain has scratched out "Meanest" and handwritten "Greatest." A case of mixed-up backpacks causes Annabelle Doll and Tiffany Funcraft (who became best buddies in the debut title) to land in an unfamiliar boy's house where Mean Mimi rules the roost. After helping the other dolls fend off Mimi and her army (two baby dolls and Techno-Man, an "action figure"), Annabelle and Tiffany manage to return home safely. Just when they think their woes are over, they discover that Mean Mimi has followed them, determined to become the "queen of all dolls." The creative trio pulls out all the stops, from the opening scene, in which the Funcrafts ride Nora's bathtub tidal waves while glued-and-lace-trimmed Annabelle fears for her life from atop the soapdish, to Selznick's classic horror close-up of Mean Mimi's hand protruding from the backpack before stalking toward the Dolls' house. Besides carrying a relevant message to youngsters (bullies usually bring about their own downfall), this enchanting novel offers plenty of action/adventure, surprises around every corner and a plethora of detailed illustrations that depict the dolls' diverse moods and perspectives. Readers will be left yearning for another installment. Ages 8-12. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-Annabell Doll and Tiffany Funcraft are back in Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin's fun-filled sequel (Hyperion, 2003) to The Doll People (Hyperion, 2000). This time the dolls take a trip outside the house in Kate's backpack by mistake. Unfortunately, there is a mix-up at school and the dolls wind up in the home of classmate BJ. Here they meet the evil Mimi, a doll who is convinced she shall be queen of all the dolls and has the demanding attitude to prove it. Annabelle and Tiffany, along with an assortment of other dolls, fend off Mimi and her wicked army before returning to their own home. There they discover that Mimi has followed them, bent on revenge. Mimi manages to cause a rift between the Doll and Funcraft families before her own rash behavior causes her downfall. Lynn Redgrave does an admirable job of voicing the various characters and imbuing Mimi with a sly, sneering intonation. Have the book available so listeners can enjoy Brian Selznick's witty illustrations which do a fabulous job of extending the story. This fantasy with its broad humor, evil machinations, and tales of friendship will delight both fans of the Doll People and those new to the story.-Katherine Devine, Westminster Academy, Elizabeth, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.