In my twelve years as a Penworthy Representative, I've consistently been asked, "Do you have any good transitional chapter books?" I've always been lucky enough to answer "Yes," but this month it's a resounding "YES!" Having read the chapter book series Dory Fantasmagory, I found myself amazed by author Abby Hanlon's creativity, writing and dry humor, which caused me to laugh out loud again and again. Dory is the youngest of three children and desperately wants to be included by her older siblings. They, on the other hand, find Dory to be exhausting and ignore her, always calling her Rascal (with good reason). Dory can ask questions a mile a minute, and tears around the house on a daily basis looking for monsters (her favorite monster being her imaginary sidekick Mary). In an effort to contain Dory's shenanigans, her siblings invent an imaginary evil witch, Mrs. Gobble Gracker, who loves to terrorize little girls who "act like babies". Instead of becoming terrified by Mrs. Gobble Gracker, Dory is fascinated with her new nemesis and demands every detail. Dory and monster sidekick Mary then embark on an adventure to defeat Mrs. Gobble Gracker. This clever story is well paced, the writing is pitch-perfect and Hanlon's hilarious pencil sketch illustrations will captivate kids and parents alike. I hope everyone picks up Dory Fantasmagory, as it's a wonderful adventure!
By Katie Ratajczyk, Penworthy Representative
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