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Dolled Up

Doll collecting for fun and profitDoll Collecting for Fun & Profit
Seeley and Seeley
1983

I’ve been poking through our doll collecting books recently. To honest, they just creep me out. I keep thinking about some doll displays I have seen and I am quite sure I would never be able to sleep if the room was filled with dolls. It’s the eyes! The doll “brain surgery” in the 2nd picture below isn’t helping, either.

Since this is a new collection for me, I am proceeding a bit more cautiously. Regardless, this hobby has lots of fans and deserves space in the public library. From what I can tell, the Seeleys have written quite a few books on collecting and evaluating dolls. I would imagine the information about identifying and evaluating collectible dolls is still quite useful, but the age of this particular book is troubling, especially when assigning monetary value. I am weeding this particular book since it is damaged, but I wonder if this material is useful to collectors any more.

Mary

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Don’t make eye contact with the doll

creative character dolls

Ceramic Character Dolls
and their accessories
Becker
1992

I know dolls and doll collecting is a common topic for a public library collection. These kinds of books do circulate. I just find the whole idea of collecting dolls a bit weird. The eyes and facial expressions are just a bit discomforting. Let’s just say I don’t want them staring at me. (I offer this episode of the Twilight Zone as evidence.)

Mary

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Friday Fiction – Meanest Doll in the World

Meanest Doll in the World coverThe Meanest Doll in the World
Martin and Godwin
2003

Submitter: This book is probably not as bad as it appears, but the drawings creeped me out more than anything.   It is written by Ann Martin, who has written several popular titles that circulate well in our library.  Brian Selznick illustrated this jewel as well. The graphics are, in fact detailed and look quite awesome, but look at them! SCARY!  Any child 8-12 (BTW, that is the recommended age group for this book) who gets this book is going to have nightmares of Chucky and his Bride. When we went to a genrefied junior- senior high school library, we tossed around keeping it but it was fairly new.  We put it in our Weird Types of Fiction section… mainly because it is. It has never been checked out since it was added in 2003 as a new title. It’s hasta la bye bye for this treasure!

Holly: Woah! It is creepy! That probably makes it more appealing to 8-12 year olds, actually. I’m surprised it never got a checkout. Between the popular authors and illustrator and the creep factor, it was a reasonable choice for a middle school library. Those pictures are nightmare-inducing for sure, though!

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