Abby Hanlon

Children’s Author & Illustrator
Golden Kite Honor
Travels from: Brooklyn, NY

“This book has everything going for it: A throbbing heart at its center …humor in spades and charm to spare…this is one of the best children’s books I’ve seen all year.”—Kirkus Reviews blog

Abby Hanlon is the author and illustrator of Dory Fantasmagory, a series of chapter books for five to nine year olds, published by Dial/Penguin Random House. The first book in the series was named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Parent’s Magazine. It won a Golden Kite Honor for Fiction and is an American Library Association Notable Book.  The sequel, Dory and The Real True Friend won a 2015 Cybil award.  The books have been translated in twenty-two languages and are Junior Library Guild selections.

Abby has a bachelor’s from Barnard College and a master’s degree in childhood education from the City College of New York.  Abby has taught creative writing and first grade in the New York City public school system. Her debut picture book, Ralph Tells a Story (2012), is widely used by elementary school teachers. Abby recently illustrated the picture book, Chester Van Chime Who Forgot How to Rhyme, written by Avery Monsen (2022).

Abby lives in Brooklyn with her husband, her fifteen-year-old twins, and her scruffy dog Caroline.

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Dory Fantasmagory: Tiny Tough

Dial Books |
Childrens

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, moving into the closet, 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.

With plenty of pictures bursting with charm and character, this hilarious book about an irresistible rascal is the new must-read for the chapter book set.

Dory Fantasmagory: Head in the Clouds

Dial Books |
Children’s

A loose tooth leads to hilarious hijinks with the tooth fairy in book four of the wonderfully imaginative Dory Fantasmagory series

Dory has her first loose tooth, and, with her usual over-the-top excitement, she cannot stop talking about the tooth fairy. Naturally, this drives her brother and sister crazy. But it also sparks a serious jealous streak in her nemesis, Mrs. Gobble Gracker, who wants all of Dory’s attention to herself.

But Mrs. Gobble Gracker has decided to steal the tooth fairy’s job, and flying around in a tutu from Rosabelle, she heads for Dory’s house. It’s time for Dory to come up with a serious plan to get the tooth fairy her job back.

The fourth installment in the wildly popular Dory Fantasmagory series delivers laughs on every page as Dory teams up with her pals, real and imaginary, to save the tooth fairy for all the world’s children–and get her dollar!

Dory Fantasmagory: Dory Dory Black Sheep

Dial Books |
Children’s
Dory turns learning to read into a hilarious adventure through the power of imagination—perfect for fans of Junie B. Jones and Ivy and Bean!
 
Ever since Dory met Rosabelle, a real true friend whose imagination and high spirits match her own, school has been pretty good. But now the class is learning to read, and it’s proving to be a challenge for Dory. While Rosabelle can read chapter books in her head, Dory is stuck with baby books about a happy little farm. Dory wishes for a potion to turn her into a reader but things don’t go as planned. Suddenly, a naughty little girl who looks an awful lot like Dory’s imaginary nemesis, Mrs. Gobble Gracker, shows up. And a black sheep leaves the pages of the farm book to follow Dory to school. It really needs her help–this seems like a job for a superhero! And it would help if she knew how to read.

In her third book, Dory takes reluctant reading to new heights with a story that is as one-of-a-kind and hilarious as she is.

“An especially wonderful book to share with reluctant readers…I can’t imagine a book more calculated to reinforce the power of reading and becoming a reader than Dory Dory Black Sheep. It is a true triumph.” —Publishers Weekly ShelfTalker

“Hanlon has a winning way with the story’s characters (real and imaginary) and dialogue.” —Booklist

Dory Fantasmagory: The Real True Friend

Dial Books |
Children’s

Fans of Junie B. Jones and Ivy and Bean will love this new story about the spunky little rascal with big ideas.

The star of Dory Fantasmagory is heading to school. Her older siblings, Luke and Violet, warn her to leave her imaginary friend, Mary, at home—or better yet, leave her whole imagination at home!  But on her very first day she meets a new friend, a girl whose imagination and style are just about as wild as her own. Now she just has to convince her siblings that she’s not making it all up!

Filled with plenty of funny pictures, this book bursts with charm and impudence, making this a must-read for the chapter book set.

Dory Fantasmagory

Dial Books |
Children’s

Move over, Junie B. Jones and Ivy & Bean! Here comes a lovably energetic little sister with a BIG personality—and an imagination to match!

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, moving into the closet, 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.

With plenty of pictures bursting with charm and character, this hilarious book about an irresistible rascal is the new must-read for the chapter book set.

Coming soon!

Dory Printables

Readers in Real Life: Dress Up as Dory!

Exploring the Curious and Vibrant World of DORY FANTASMAGORY

Honors, Awards & Recognition

Two ALA Notable Book Awards
Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
Parents Magazine Best Book of the Year
Golden Kite Honor Book for Fiction
Cybil Children’s Book Award
BookPeople Best Book of the Year
Nerdy Book Club Award

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