Dory is a six year old with an overactive imagination and two older siblings who don't want to play with her. So in her spare time she makes up conversations and games with all of the imaginary monsters that live in her house. Dory also tries to play with her brother and sister, but they make her go away. One day they try to scare her by making up a nasty witch like woman that will be coming after Dory. But she simply turns it into a game. She also has her fairy godmother (an elf like man) turn her into a dog. She spends some time in this role which her older brother enjoys. No matter how little her siblings play with her, Dory doesn't let it get her down. She just goes into the world of fantasmagory which is a "dream-like state where real life and imagination are blurred together."
There are pencil drawings throughout the book. And although they are not highly refined, they add interest and fun and keep the story moving along nicely.
First of all, I love the title! Who wouldn't want to live in the world of fantasmagory? Dory is a precocious little girl with no one to play with so she makes up a world of her own. She at times takes the fantasy world a little too far, but she is having a great time. I love the way she uses a banana to call her fairy "godmother." I also love that at the end of the story she states that she knew what she had been doing was make believe so she knows the difference between real and fantasy. And how the kids come together as siblings should at the end is lovely. This is a fast paced read that the young crowd would enjoy. Recommended for grade 1-3