Doll Face Has a Party!

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9780060242626: Doll Face Has a Party!

When Doll Face can't find Sweet Cake for her party, a chair, a tiny tin piano, and a whispering balloon come to life to help her find the finishing touch to her soir‚ee.

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PreSchool-Grade 1-Doll Face calls all of her friends and sets out to find the music and Sweet Cake she needs to insure her party's success. She enlists the help of an obliging chair, balloon, and toy piano, and together they find the cake. These animated objects act as both guests and contributors to the festivities-the chair provides a place to sit between dances, the balloon is an amiable dance partner, and the piano plinks out a waltz. The text has a sweet, innocent style well suited to the world of toys in which the most difficult problem is a quest for dessert. Selznick's highly assertive, surrealistic cartoon style evokes a sophisticated attitude that, though arresting, seems disconcertingly at odds with Conrad's gentle characterizations. Doll Face is depicted not as a chubby-cheeked nursery favorite, but as a Barbielike doll bearing some resemblance to Marilyn Monroe. She stares out from the book cover with a plastic face, painted sweetheart mouth, black beauty mark, pink bouffant hair style, glassy blue eyes, and thin painted brows, one of which consistently arches higher than the other. Her expression is enigmatic and unchanging throughout. When she eats the delicious Sweet Cake, a large fork smashes the pink-and-white treat against her lips. The illustrations, while stylish and interesting, dominate the text, which perhaps explains why Doll Face seems to have no fun at her own party. Oddly unsatisfying.
Kate McClelland, Perrot Memorial Library, Greenwich, CT
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

Doll Face decides to throw a party for her friends, a party "with music and dancing and Sweet Cake." In excitement she sets the table, instructing Plate to be still, Fork to be straight, Cup to stay empty, Spoon to stir the tea, Knife to cut Sweet Cake and Teapot to keep the tea hot. Then she heads off with Balloon and Chair in search of music and Sweet Cake. These missions accomplished, all she needs are her party guests--but to the reader's surprise they are already there! In his first picture book, Selznick ( The Houdini Box ) complements Conrad's ( The Tub People ) unusual tale with startling artwork that emphasizes odd angles and disproportionate sizes. Doll Face, in snazzy rose-colored party clothes and with hair like pink spaghetti strands, roams waiflike through a forest of shag carpet and table legs. Luminescent colors and baroque wallpaper backdrops deepen the sense of fantasy, of having stumbled upon a dreamscape. This is a clever picture book, a distant relative of Alice in Wonderland , but ultimately there is something sad and unsettling about the wooden doll who throws a party for herself. Ages 3-7.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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