cover image Dory and the Real True Friend

Dory and the Real True Friend

Abby Hanlon. Dial, $14.99 (160p) ISBN 978-0-525-42866-4

In a sequel every bit as delightful as its predecessor, Hanlon follows the wildly imaginative star of Dory Fantasmagory to school, where Dory attempts to make a “real” friend (as opposed to the monsters she plays with at home). She is immediately drawn to a princess-loving girl named Rosabelle, but Dory’s overtures of friendship don’t initially hit their mark: “ ‘Do you want some floppy cookies?’ I whisper to her, which is my nickname for salami because I love it so much. She does not.” Once again, Hanlon’s hilarious narration and cartooning reveal an uncanny talent for getting into the mile-a-minute mind of a one-of-a-kind girl. Ages 6–8. Agent: Ann Tobias, A Literary Agency for Children’s Books. (July)