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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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Dolls Deconstructed

Making Dolls coverMaking Dolls
Witzig and Kuhn
1969

Submitter: First, Sorry Mary.

I found two copies of this creepy doll making book on the shelf at my local public library. It reminded me of my last submission. 

Again full of dark black and white picture of dolls that no kid wants to cuddle up with. The last picture reminds me of the dolls they use in court rooms with kids. Neither copy had its dust jacket, so the covers were blank. Sorry!

Holly: Oh, don’t worry about Mary. She’ll be fine. She needs a good jolt from time to time. All I can say is that the twig doll (page 7 below) seems to have an <ahem> appendage. It’s anatomically correct, I guess. The handkerchief doll (page 17 below) looks like a mummy. The one on the cover is the best of the lot, and it has troll hair.

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Dolls from Hell

Doll Making coverDoll Making: A Creative Approach
Laury
1970

Submitter: This book was found in the craft section of my local public library. It’s more about artistically crafted dolls you can make at home. Really, it’s just filled with creepy dolls. I know I won’t be able to get their face out of my head when I sleep at night. Hopefully this won’t scare Mary as much as the clown book I submitted a few weeks ago.

Holly: You mean this one? Yeah, that one got her good. I get that libraries should have books about doll making, and maybe even the history of doll making. I just don’t understand why they should be almost 45 years old and filled with dark, old black and white photos of the weirdest dolls ever made. There are cute and cuddly and adorable dolls out there, I swear.

Mary: That third one looks like Miss Piggy after some kind of alcoholic bender or demonic possession.

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