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Dory Fantasmagory

Last updated Thursday, October 1, 2015

Author: Abby Hanlon
Date of Publication: 2014
ISBN: 0803740883
Grade Level: 3rd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Oct. 2015

Synopsis: As the youngest in her family, Dory really wants attention, and more than anything she wants her brother and sister to play with her. But she’s too much of a baby for them, so she’s left to her own devices—including her wild imagination and untiring energy. Her siblings may roll their eyes at her childish games, but Dory has lots of things to do: outsmarting the monsters all over the house, escaping from prison (aka time-out), and exacting revenge on her sister’s favorite doll. And when they really need her, daring Dory will prove her bravery, and finally get exactly what she has been looking for. (Amazon)

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Do you believe in monsters or magic?
•  Have you ever met an invisible friend?
•  If you had an invisible friend, what would be his or her name?


•  Nocturnal
•  Ruined
•  Collapses

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Would you rather have an invisible monster/friend or a brother and sister?
•  What can invisible monsters do that brothers and sisters cannot?
•  Do you think Dory would have an invisible monster if her brother and sister played with her?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a mask of your invisible monster.
•  Draw a picture with you and your invisible monster/friend.
•  Check out our Pinterest for October craft examples!

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don't have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!