The cast of "The Doll's Storybook" take on personalities of characters in well-known classic children's stories: Little Red Riding Hood, The Boy Who Cried Wolf and Hansel and Gretel. Although each of the stories has a twist, children and adults who are familiar with these stories will recognize them at once. Each page contains one or more photos of the characters acting out the scenes, making the text easier to understand for young readers or children using the stories to learn English.
The cast of characters for the stories are realistic-looking dolls with elbow and knee joints, which allow them to move around easily, but their environment is one real children can identify with. They live in a house made for real people and spend time outdoors in a human-person's world. Dolls living in a world suitable for people sometimes run into difficulties!
The first story is "Little Green Greatcoat." A girl doll takes a basket of food through the woods to her human grandmother's house and meets a wolf. Things don't go as the wolf (or the reader) expects, though, and the happy ending isn't as messy as the original.
"The Boy Doll Who Cried Wolf" follows. This story follows the original closely, except that the sheep don't belong to the boy doll, and none of them is harmed. Readers will recognize another character from children's literature who makes a cameo appearance.
In the third story, "Lost in the Woods," a boy doll and a girl doll lose their way following a rabbit and look for help at the home of an old human woman who has interesting dietary preferences. Will they find out in time? Will the dolls escape?
This is the third book in a series. Each is a standalone book, so they do not have to be read in order.
"The Doll's Storybook" is a favorite of doll collectors, as well as children. The stories are like photojournalism but with fiction; like graphic novels with photos.
The story blog "The Doll's Storybook," began in 2018 as a way to share stories with the author's grandchildren who all live a long way away. Other adults and children found the stories, and parents and grandparents began to ask for a physical book––one they could read to their children or that the children could read to themselves and not use up their "screen time."