The Paper Dolls [A Review]

The Paper Dolls, by Julia Donaldson


   [Image courtesy of Goodreads]


Both my daughter and I love this book.

Although the book was first published in 2012 (Donaldson is better known for The Gruffalo), I only discovered it when we visited the bookstore last week. And it has been our bedtime story since then.

I think it has got to do with the fact that there are pictures of interesting paper dolls on every page, and they look like children having a grand adventure. With my daughter going through her imitation phase, this is definitely a book that catches her attention.

I also like the catchy and rhythmic song sung by the paper dolls in response to every “danger” they meet. It’s so fun to read out loud that I don’t even mind repeating it a few times throughout the book.

Finally, even though the little girl who owns the paper dolls eventually loses them, Donaldson gave it a perfect ending and allowed them to live forever. I won’t spoil the story for you here. All I shall say is that it’s a beautiful story that can be shared between mothers and daughters.

VERDICT: If you are a mother with a young daughter, go get the book NOW!

For those who want to know a little about the story line, here’s an overview from

A string of paper dolls go on a fantastical adventure through the house and out into the garden. They soon escape the clutches of the toy dinosaur and the snapping jaws of the oven-glove crocodile, but then a very real pair of scissors threatens.


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