by Abby Hanlon
Published 2014 by Dial Publishing
Early Chapter Book
Copy obtained from public library
To say that six-year-old Dory has a wildly creative imagination is an understatement. Her family calls her Rascal because she pesters them with too many questions and is a general pest to her brother and sister. She has developed a rich imaginary life with her imaginary best friend Mary. In an attempt to get her to stop acting "like a baby" her siblings tell her that a person name Mrs. Gobble Gracker is looking for her. Mrs. Gobble Gracker eats babies so they warn Dory to stop acting like a baby. This only fuels Dory's imagination further as she starts firing questions about Mrs. Gobble Gracker.
Can Dory escape Mrs. Gobble Gracker? Will she stop acting like a baby?
Dory is adorable! This book is filled with Dory's real and imaginary events. She plots to escape Mrs. Gobble Gracker, annoys her siblings to no end, goes through a phase where she pretends to be a dog, yells and has lots of temper tantrums. Fans of Junie B. Jones or Clementine will love Dory. At 160 pages with lots of hilarious kid-like pictures to support the text, this early chapter book will feel like a "big kid book". I can imagine many children wanting to tell about the next crazy thing Dory has done in their book. I hope for many more Dory books to come.