The Dollmaker of Krakow (Hardback)
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The Dollmaker of Krakow (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 05/10/2017
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A timeless fantasy set in the Second World War that weaves together magic, folklore and history, perfect for fans of The Book Thief, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Goodnight Mister Tom. One night a little doll named Karolina comes to life in a toyshop in Krakow, Poland, in 1939 and changes the life of the gruff, broken-hearted Dollmaker. And when the darkness of the Nazi occupation sweeps over the city, Karolina and the Dollmaker must bravely use their magic to save their Jewish friends from a terrible danger, no matter what the risks. This powerful story is about finding friendship in the darkest of places and the importance of love in times of great pain.

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781406375633
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 419 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 20 mm


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"It's genuinely beautiful to read, the writing is of such high quality. The characters are incredibly well imagined and rise from the pages as fully-formed, interesting people dealing with seismic events and problems. Both worlds - that of reality and that of fantasy - are deep, rich and vivid. As noted, parts of The Dollmaker of Krakow are hard to read, even hurt to read, but the pay-off is worth it. One for middle grade readers of open hearts, clear minds and a love of beautiful writing." * Book Bag *
"R. M. Romero's unique tale already feels like it could be a future children's classic [...] Delicately written and complemented by stunning, timeless illustrations from Lisa Perrin, The Dollmaker of Krakow is an astonishing debut novel that will have a lasting impact on everyone who reads it." * BookTrust *
[...] remarkable debut [...] fabulous fable [...] The book is beautifully produced in hardback form, with Hans Christian Andersen-style silhouette paper cut-outs lining each page. * The Irish Times *
This is a beautiful story about the power of friendship and magic, even in the very darkest of times. * The Week Junior *
This is a sublimely big-souled book, with an exquisite ambiance of timelessness. * Joanne Owen, LoveReading Debut of the Month *

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“Heartbreakingly beautiful ”

R. M. Romero has somehow managed to make a book that not only has a wooden doll as its protagonist, but takes place during one of the most terrible moments in modern human history, yet create such a magical thought... More

Hardback edition
17th January 2018
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“Enchanting to the end.”

A beautiful tale that recalls the naivety of childhood despite the sensitive historical aspect. The Nazi invasion of Poland is so delicately described in a way that would not horrify and frighten children but teach... More

Hardback edition
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9th November 2017
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“A must buy-must read”

Review by Suzanne
The first thing I notice here while reading The Dollmaker Of Krakow was how the author has a brilliant imagination to weave together a doll that talks and magic, folklore and history all together.... More

Hardback edition
11th October 2017
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