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Dory and the Real True Friend: Dory Fantasmagory, Book 2

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Six-year-old imaginations run riot in appealing sequel.

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Former first-grade teacher Abby Hanlon has a deep, wacky understanding of 6-year-olds dealing with school, cliques, sibling rivalry, and more, and she puts it to good use in these delightful tales. Along the way -- in addition to fun illustrations -- she delivers lots of positive messages, as well as a believable portrayal of long-suffering siblings who roll their eyes at Dory's antics but also play with her and do things she likes. Dory's imaginary friend Mary, who gets jealous of her real friend Rosabelle, necessitates a bit of a balancing act on Dory's part. Most satisfying, though, is the connection of two like-minded souls finding each other:

"That afternoon during math time I whisper to Rosabelle, 'There's one more thing I have to tell you. I have a fairy godmother named Mr. Nuggy, and he accidentally turned into a chicken.'

"'Oh! That same thing happened to my fairy godmother once,' whispers Rosabelle."

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