Title: Puddle’s Wondrous Worry Dolls
Author: Andrea Kaczmarek
Publication date: 2016
Page count: 63 (ebook)
Age recommendation: 7
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Jemima – Puddle to her friends – helps out in her Mum’s shop and discovers Worry Dolls, pretty paper dolls in bright cotton pouches. Puddle has never heard of Worry Dolls and her Mum explains that they make your worries fly away. One day, a box of Worry Dolls falls off the table and Puddle picks them up – when Puddle gets home she finds that one of those bags had fallen into her pocket. Puddle is pretty puzzled, did her Mum slip them into her pocket? But she gives them a worry to solve just for fun. Puddle and her best friend Ally have plenty of problems at school – three bullies make everyone’s life a misery. One day, Puddle and Ally decide that it is time to teach them a lesson. And it is not only the school bullies get a taste of their own medicine – other crazy things happen…some bedraggled kittens are saved and Puddle succeeds in a maths test – now that is a miracle! Cool and just a bit creepy – those Wondrous Worry Dolls fell into Puddle’s life and shake things up! ~ Goodreads
This book is adorable! It is perfect for younger readers to branch out from picture books into chapter books. If I was younger, I would’ve LOVED this! At first I was actually kind of nervous about the whole doll part because it seemed like something out of a horror movie, but it wasn’t even mildly creepy or scary at all! It was just plain cute and even I, a mature and sophisticated 13 year old, was interested the whole way through! Shocking, yes. But it just proves that we are all young at heart. It was set outside of the USA, so at first, when it started talking about math but they spelled it with an ‘s’ (maths), I thought it was a typo but it turned out that is how they spell it there (I’m not sure where it was set, since it never specified but I know it wasn’t in the US). I think it would be a really good book for younger girls (or boys) who like to play with dolls, since books like these always inspire the imagination and make you think what if? How they dealt with the bully would be pretty amusing for younger readers too. XD I also thought it was really cool how the author did all the illustrations in the book (though there were only a few).
“I know,” Puddle sighed. “You won’t believe how many people in my family
suddenly have cat fur allergies… Aunty Jane and Uncle Tim for starters and
they only visit us about twice a year, if that!”
Jason laughed. “Sparrow is a great name for a bird. Jack Sparrow, get it
Puddle?” Jason laughed at his joke.
Puddle whispered. “Yeah, but Quetzal is my kind of bird.”
Kitty and Katty did well. Lucy and Sarah turned into very caring cat carers,
and amazingly they even started talking to each other. “Exchanging kitten tips,
I suppose,” Puddle shrugged. “Can’t imagine what else they talk about.”
What Does the Cat Think?
I give this book 5 stars out of 5!!!
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