Title: The Dollmaker of Krakow
Author: R.M. Romero
Date of Publication: September 12th, 2017
In the land of dolls, there is magic.
In the land of humans, there is war.
Everywhere there is pain.
But together there is hope.
Karolina is a living doll whose king and queen have been overthrown. But when a strange wind spirits her away from the Land of the Dolls, she finds herself in Krakow, Poland, in the company of the Dollmaker, a man with an unusual power and a marked past.
The Dollmaker has learned to keep to himself, but Karolina’s courageous and compassionate manner lead him to smile and to even befriend a violin-playing father and his daughter–that is, once the Dollmaker gets over the shock of realizing a doll is speaking to him.
But their newfound happiness is dashed when Nazi soldiers descend upon Poland. Karolina and the Dollmaker quickly realize that their Jewish friends are in grave danger, and they are determined to help save them, no matter what the risks.
I normally don’t read middle grade books, but I really loved the cover and the sound of this one. There are back and forth chapters between the land of the dolls and the real world.
Karolina becomes a real life doll and becomes friend with the Dollmaker who made her. He has lived a lonely life and learns to break out of his shell because of Karolina. They meet another girl and her father who uncover that Karolina is no ordinary doll.
A lot of people said this book was dark for a younger audience, but I don’t believe so. What about all the children that had to face real life horrors back during World War 2. I feel like this book, even though it does have fantasy elements, is a great learning tool to understand that bad things did happen during the war. Real life stuff happens today and could happen again. Kids can’t be sheltered about everything. I would definitely let my daughter read this, and she’s eight. I mean if kids can watch comic book movies that have way more violence and death, then what is so wrong about learning about death during World War 2?
How does this book sound to you?