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Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon

Dory Fantasmagory (edition 2015)

by Abby Hanlon (Author)

Series: Dory Fantasmagory (1)

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Dory, the youngest in her family, is a girl with a very active imagination, and she spends the summer playing with her imaginary friend, pretending to be a dog, battling monsters, and generally driving her family nuts.
Title:Dory Fantasmagory
Authors:Abby Hanlon (Author)
Info:Puffin Books (2015), Edition: Reprint, 176 pages
Collections:Teacher Library - Supplies Closet Hallway

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Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon



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I picked this book because I loved the main characters wild imagination. Dory is also a fun, silly young girl and I liked reading about her adventures. Many drawings make this a quick and easy read and i even found this book to be rather funny. I think this book appeals to ages 6-8 years old because kids at this age are just now starting to jump into chapter books, and this is the perfect series for that transition. ( )
  maddieczosek | Aug 4, 2020 |
Imaginative six -year-old Dory's older siblings, Violet and Luke, want nothing to do with her (they call her Rascal), and Dory's mom appears to be at the end of her patience (no telling how long her rope was to begin with); the father makes only a minor appearance.

Although Dory has her imaginary monster friend, Mary, to play with, she still wants to play with her siblings. Every attempt Violet and Luke make to get Dory to leave them alone backfires sooner or later, especially the invention of Mrs. Gobble Gracker, which leads to the (temporary) loss of Violet's doll, Cherry. More successful is when Dory pretends to be a dog named Chickenbone - it turns out Luke has always wanted a dog. But when it's time for Dory's annual checkup, all she will say is "woof!" - and then she uses her lollipop stick to give the doctor a shot. For a finale, she rescues a rainbow bouncy ball from the toilet, earning her siblings' grudging appreciation.

Dory has strong echoes of Ramona Quimby and Clementine, though with less sympathetic parents (at least in this first book). Could not get my 4yo interested, but we'll try again in a few months.


Update/re-read September 2020: Almost-5yo sat and listened to the entire book cover to cover in one sitting and asked for it again the next day! ( )
  JennyArch | Jan 27, 2020 |
Highly imaginative and so fun to read. ( )
  Reyesk9 | Sep 23, 2019 |
Dory is the baby of the family and of course not welcome to play with her older sister and brother. But no matter, she has a wildly funny imagination that keeps her happily occupied in her own little world. Dory pretends to be a dog, plots to get rid of the evil Mrs. Gobble Gracker, consults with her fairy godmother Nuggy, and her imaginary friend is a monster named Mary who gets into everything. A fun read-aloud for young children and a funny read for newly fluent readers. ( )
  Salsabrarian | May 29, 2018 |
Dory is the youngest child in her family. Dory falls into the stereotype of being the baby of the family, so everyone calls her Rascal because of the naughty things she gets away with. Dory has a great imagination that her older siblings don't appreciate but that would be hilarious and intriguing to young readers. This book can be used in the classroom to teach students about imagination and how to be yourself despite hearing people telling you to change. ( )
  marissathrower | Apr 24, 2018 |
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