Girly books are high on my list of loves, but they have to be great girly books. Too much of this or that and I'm waaay turned off. Fancy Nancy rocks, as does my new picture book girl hero, Fanny. I love her and I really think young girls are going to be just as impressed with this quirky new character as I am.
Fanny, written and illustrated by Holly Hobbie, features a wonderful little girl that really wants a specific type of doll as her Christmas gift. Her mother, not impressed with the doll's overly made-up appearance and skimpy clothing (Bratz dolls anyone?), informs Fanny that she will not be able to get this doll, even though all of her friend's own one and she is just going to have to deal with being the odd one out in this case. Fanny proceeds to take matters into her own hands and make her own doll, just like the one her friends have. Her doll, Annabelle, looks nothing like the infamous doll owned by all, but Fanny loves her! Even when her friends turn up their noses at Annabelle, Fanny realizes she loves the fact that her doll is different, embracing a new individuality.
Fanny may not be the best written book of the year, but it's adorable, has a great message, and the illustrations are just so darn cute. Plus, if you buy the book (if you get it from a library, you're out of luck), you get your own paper doll with it. You can make your own Annabelle!
If you want to learn more about Fanny or to purchase, click on the book cover above to link to Amazon.