Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon Book Review

Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon
Publisher: Dial Books
Release Date: October 9, 2014

Dory, also called Rascal, is the youngest in her family, full of imagination and energy. Her brother and sister find her annoying and never want to play with her. She's too much of a baby for them. And so Dory does what she does best: Play. Whether she is outsmarting monsters, escaping from prison, or pretending to be a dog, there is one things that one cannot forget about Dory--she earns her nickname.

Dory is one of the best examples I have seen of a true-to-life six-year-old in children's literature. This is not an understatement. Hanlon perfectly captures the thought process of Dory in a way that felt so incredibly authentic that I was transported back to when I was a young child. Also, there is enough humor for parents and older siblings that this book is great as a read-aloud and a family book, which are also things that I don't see very often. Perfect for any child who has pretended to be something (dinosaur, dog, princess, etc.) for longer than an hour, then you and your child will be able to relate to this one very well.