The Doll People's Christmas

MARTIN, Ann M. & . illus. by Brett Helquist. 48p. Disney-Hyperion. Sept. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781484723395.
K-Gr 3—Victorian Annabelle Doll and her best friend, contemporary Tiffany Funcraft, appear in this Christmas picture book. Annabelle worries that the holiday is ruined because the angel that always tops the Doll Christmas tree is broken. To make matters worse, Kate and Nora dress up the dolls like sheep and angels and put them in the crèche downstairs. There is a moment of danger involving Captain the cat, but all is well with the world by the story's end. Helquist's large, expressive illustrations perfectly capture the action, drama, and humor.
VERDICT Fans of the "Doll People" chapter books will welcome seeing the familiar characters in a slight but engaging holiday story. It is sure to spark renewed interest in those popular titles.

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