Ann’s Amazing Adventure – a Doll Story

Ann’s Amazing Adventure is about a beloved doll who was lost, the adventures she had, and how she was found again.

“The story is told from the doll’s perspective and is based on the true story of a doll Brancaccio’s daughter lost when she was young, which the author and her husband found 23 years later at an antique show.”

This is a must-read for those who have lost a doll in the past or for the little girl who has just lost her doll. Read the full review by Bob Etier on Technorati here. If you go to Ann’s website you’ll find even more goodies, such as a free printable paper doll and coloring pages.

New American Girl Doll has movie rumors

McKenna, the new 2012 American Girl Doll is a gymnast and already has rumors of a movie to be released this year. True to American Girl fashion, McKenna has a tragedy to work through and finds the strength in herself to overcome her difficulties. There are a couple of books, an activity book, and styling cards for McKenna’s hairstyles with each outfit. This is a must have addition to the American Girl collector in your life!

This book review, on Desert News, is by Kate De Groote and is about the two books featuring McKenna: Aptly called McKenna, and McKenna, Ready to Fly. Kate is 10 years old and run her very own blog, SuperKidsReviews with her younger sister, Ellie. Both books are written by Mary Casanova and is written in a way that is easy for children to relate.

This book is good for those who needs advice on how to get through hard things.

What are you thoughts on this year’s American Girl doll? Does McKenna find a special place in your collection?

Let Your Doll Take You To Paris!

Ready for some adventure? To see the world from a doll’s eye view in vivid color? What could be more charming that seeing the City of Lights in the company of your rag doll?

Yesterday, Pamela Paul reviewed two books about Paris for the New York Times, the second of them, Kiki & Coco in Paris is an over-sized photo book with lively images of all things Parisian. So what is it about this book that will attract the interest of your child or of a doll-lover in your life?

Well, for starters, Kiki goes to Paris – with her doll, Coco. Coco, who is telling the story, is accidentally left behind in a cafe. Will she be reunited with Kiki? What will she see in Paris?

The story is told from Coco’s perspective, and trains its lens on her (with clear reference to “The Red Balloon”) as it recounts the trauma of her being accidentally left behind one day in a Parisian cafe. But not before she gets to explore the city in the company of her beloved owner – the Métro, the museums, the monuments. “Never apart from her girl, Coco is the luckiest doll in the world.”

Any Fancy Nancy-loving 5-year-old girl will likewise feel pretty lucky in the company of this book. The photographs are beautifully evocative of precisely the Paris a young girl would want to discover, from carousel to Eiffel Tower. Kiki’s doll is appropriately chic (her maker, Jess Brown, has designed an exclusive line of dolls for Bottega Veneta). And the story is simple and straightforward, with just the right detail attuned to a child’s priorities.

Another fascinating aspect of this storybook is that Coco is a handmade rag doll made by Jess Brown (as you read above). The little girl in the photos is the photographer’s daughter. This 48-page book is well suited for young readers, but the fascinating photographs around Paris will inspire anyone to want to travel – and since you are here for the dolls, seeing the rag doll out and about (much like the garden Gnomes that travel the world) will enthrall you as well. :)

Oh, and if you must, you can also get this book for your Kindle. You do have a Kindle, right?