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Selected Reviews for
The Doll Hospital

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Dr. Pegs, with red pigtails and wide brown eyes, is planning a slow day at the doll hospital, organizing buttons. But that’s before the doorbell rings—one, two, three, four times. First, it’s Portia, a porcelain doll who needs some glue for her arm. Then the “ding-a-ling” announces Scoop, who has a stomachache. And why not? His stuffing is falling out. The next arrival is a baby doll, and in need of help, he can only say moo instead of mommy. The final arrival is a bear in need of a button—he’s lost an eye. Dr. Pegs (who looks like the other round-faced, simply shaped toys) must ring the emergency bell. She needs help! A quintet of Russian nesting dolls, all dressed as nurses, assist in getting the procedures done. The illustrations, made of cut paper, cloth, stuffing, ink, and digital techniques, give a three-dimensional look to the artwork and provide a symmetry of shape and color, primarily reds, greens, buffs, and browns. If a hospital visit can be fun, it’s this one.
~ Ilene Cooper

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School LIbrary Journal
What starts out as a quiet day at the Doll Hospital quickly becomes a hectic one as patient after patient arrives with various problems that need fixing. Doctor Peg (also a doll) begins making her to-do list, which grows quickly, and includes gluing a cracked porcelain arm and restuffing a stuffed dolls stuffing. Soon the good doctor is overwhelmed. But she enlists the help of the Nesting Nurses dolls, who help set everyone to rights, and even find a button for Teddy Bear’s eye. VERDICT: Written in a cumulative manner with bright, colorful digital illustrations rendered in a simple color palette, this is a sweet story that will capture the hearts of little ones with their own favorite dolls. Best shared one-on-one and for small group read-alouds.
–Jessica Marie, Salem Public Library, OR


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