Book of the Week: The Lonely Doll

Book of the Week, Children's

The Lonely Doll by Dare Wright

Published: 1998 by Sandpiper

Reasons why I like this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

Dare Wright is one of the most interesting and intriguing person I’ve ever read about (not to mention the strangest too.)

One of my favorite things about this book is the illustrations – they aren’t illustrations by rather staged black and white photographs.

I really like how this book shows how even children can feel lonely. And the importance of friends.

I also love how it shows how having good friends can cure almost anything. And can even get you in trouble – but in a nonharmful, fun way. A real friend would never put you in a harmful situation or position.

Edith is beautiful.

I love the creepy, almost haunting quality of Edith, she is a doll after all.

The writing is simple and understandable.

The photography is amazing. I specifically love the shot of  Edith and little bear (from the back) about to walk over a bridge.

I love how it shows, when left to their own devices, children (and dolls and little bears) often get in trouble.

This book is reflective of the time it was written and made.

I love controversial book. The Lonely Doll has become the subject of controversy because of a  picture* featured in a book. The picture shows Big Bear has taken Edith over his knee for a spanking.

It’s a depressing book, but at the same time it’s compelling.

I love how this book is a picture book but in many ways feels like a book for an adult. It has a very mature feeling to it.

I also love how many people seem to reconnect with this book as an adult – and realize just how twisted it is.

I love how the only aspect of color to be found is on the book cover – the pink and white gingham print.

I love the depictions of all the activities Edith and her new friends do together – go the beach, fishing, and going to the park.

It’s an example  of the importance of forgiveness, and a child’s remorse when they’ve done something they know they shouldn’t have. I think that’s important because as adults we don’t realize that children don’t mean to do things they aren’t supposed to do.

*Interesting NY Times Article I found while search “The Lonely Doll”