Dory Fantasmagory: Book 1

Book review by Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 6+

Funny, relatable tale of 6-year-old with wild imagination.

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age 6+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 6+

Good, but scared my 6 year old

Dory’s make believe nemesis is a woman who steals little girls. My daughter could not get that out of her head. A sensitive child with a good imagination may struggle with that notion. My daughter loved and hated this book, ultimately Mrs. G. was too much for her to enjoy this book.

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Too much violence
age 5+

Fun for Kids and Grown-ups

My 5 yo, 8 yo, and I all love this book and the others in the series. It is clever and champions a kid who has an amazing imagination, struggles in school sometimes, causes mischief without malice, and is 100% herself, always. The portrayal of the sibling relationships is realistic, with them teasing each other and Dory often being left out of the older kids' games. The mom is often overwhelmed with her spirited kid and I personally appreciate that the book touches on realistic tensions that exist in real families. Many kids (and parents) can relate, I think. Plus, it's so delightfully silly that everyone is laughing all the way through. I love that the protagonist is a "different" kid whose ideas and imagination aren't always appreciated by teachers or parents. She's weird and lovable, and might help kids be more accepting of those who seem different. Or, it may give them an ally if they feel like the black sheep themselves.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

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