The Paper Dolls is a children's book written by Julia Donaldson, award-winning author of the classic children's book The Gruffalo, and illustrated by award-winning artist Rebecca Cobb. It is 32 pages long and was published by Pac McMillan on 6 June 2013.
The Paper Dolls tells the story of a little girl who sits down one day with her mother and makes a string of five paper dolls. She colours in each of the dolls and gives them their own names and personalities. She calls them Ticky and Tacky, Jackie the Backie, Jim with two noses and Jo with the bow. The girl plays, sings and dances with her dolls and uses the power of her imagination to take them on all sorts of wild and whimsical adventures. All the while, the dolls sing merrily that they are holding hands, and will never let go of each other.
The Paper Dolls is a breathtakingly beautiful book that gets more and more bittersweet every time you read it. The illustrations are charming and the words flow together and have a melodious sound to them. This book was such a joy to read. Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb have created something truly special.