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Title:
The meanest doll in the world
Author:
Martin, Ann M., 1955-
Personal Author:
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
Format :
Book

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Summary

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

When the kids are away, the dolls sure do play. That's the case in The Meanest Doll in the World by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin, read by Lynn Redgrave. In this lively sequel to The Doll People, dolls Annabelle Doll and Tiffany Funcraft find danger and adventure when they accidentally get transported to their owner Kate's school, and then to another child's house-home to a wicked princess doll named Mean Mimi. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-Eight-year-old Annabelle leads a very unique life. She and her family are dolls that came from England over 100 years ago. Annabelle's owner's don't know that the dolls are alive and at night, after everyone has gone to bed, they roam about their house. They don't leave their dollhouse for fear of being caught and stuck in permanent "doll state," never to walk or talk again. That all changes when Annabelle finds Auntie Sarah's journal. Auntie Sarah has been missing for 45 years, and Annabelle decides to search for her relative. When the Funcrafts, a new doll family, arrive, Annabelle enlists the help of Tiffany in her search outside of the dollhouse for Auntie Sarah. Veteran actress Lynn Redgrave's narration gives the illusion of the story being read by an entire cast. She seamlessly switches between English and American accents, all the while giving each character an easily differentiated personality. Anne Martin and Laura Godwin's fantasy (Hyperion, 2000) is a true delight.-Veronica Schwartz, Des Plaines Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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