Tuesday, August 4, 2015

EARLY CHAPTER BOOK REVIEW: Dory and the Real True Friend by Abby Hanlon


Fans of Junie B. Jones and Ivy and Bean will love this new story about the spunky little rascal with big ideas.

The star of Dory Fantasmagory is heading to school. Her older siblings, Luke and Violet, warn her to leave her imaginary friend, Mary, at home—or better yet, leave her whole imagination at home! Dory is determined to behave like a “regular old girl who never gets in trouble,” but on her very first day she meets a new friend, a girl whose imagination and style are just about as wild as her own. Now she just has to convince her siblings that she’s not making it all up!

Filled with plenty of funny pictures, this book bursts with charm and impudence, making this a must-read for the chapter book set.


Dory remains quite the entertaining character with her imagination and spirit shining through her antics.  This time Dory heads back to school anxious about finding a true friend (a real friend according to her siblings).  The combination of illustrations with text makes for a fast read and appealing story.  Dory's efforts to behave at school while maintaining her unique characteristics makes for a very entertaining read.  I thoroughly enjoyed watching Dory's attempts to befriend a classmate who seems to have a similarly strong imaginary life despite her brother and sister's skepticism.  Dory's imagining's add plenty of humor with her friend Mary wanting to go to school with her despite the 'trouble' she got into the previous year, Mr. Nuggy, Dory's fairy godmother, who promises to turn the school into a pancake before inadvertently turning himself into a chicken, and Mrs. Gobble Gracker, the ugly witch who is always a threat.  The way Dory's and Rosabelle's individual stories come together creates the backbone of the book making for a fun, light read.  The only thing that might concern some readers/parents is the fact that at one point Dory takes off her shirt and puts it on her head to do battle.  But otherwise a laugh out loud crazy read.

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