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Booklist - 10/01/2008 Annabelle Doll is thrilled to discover a five-year-old sister doll, Tilly May, in the mysterious package that arrives just as her owners, the Palmers, leave on vacation. This new member of the Doll Family, though, might put Dollkind in jeopardy. Unwilling to part with her newfound sister, Annabelle runs away, taking her friend Tiffany Funcraft and Tilly May with her. This intriguing premise sets up the action in this suspenseful addition to the Doll People series. Selznick’s numerous, softly-shaded pencil drawings, some extending across two pages, greatly enlarge the story. This sequel can be read on its own, but fans of the series will welcome the references to earlier adventures and the nail-biting return of Mean Mimi. Gentle humor, believable characters with distinct personalities, and a strong plotline will keep readers coming back for more. - Copyright 2008 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 10/01/2008 Gr 3-5-A mysterious package addressed to Grandma Palmer's grandfather arrives at the Palmer home while they are on vacation. Kate's doll, Annabelle, and her sister's doll, Tiffany Funcraft, deduce that the package contains the Doll family's missing baby. They open the package to find that Matilda is indeed Annabelle's lost sister. But how do they keep the family from sending her back? Since the package is not addressed to the Palmers, they might not open it, and the baby will be lost forever. Annabelle decides the only solution is to run away with her new sibling to save her from this fate. Annabelle, her brother Bobby, Tiffany, and her brother Bailey join the adventure and find themselves lost in the woods and then trapped in a toy store. The adventure takes a dangerous and mysterious turn when dolls begin to disappear from the store each night. The story opens with Selznick's 12-page illustrated, wordless prologue, and his art moves the story along throughout the book. This fun, magical entry in the series is just as engaging as the previous books.-Debra Banna, Sharon Public Library, MA Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information. - Copyright 2008 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.