Category Archives: Books – AG

Goodbye, Tenney

Yesterday American Girl announced they are retiring Tenney and Logan at the end of the year.

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Caroline enjoying Tenney’s pajamas. Thanks, Kohls’ cash!

I saw that the Madison Children’s Museum sale is selling Tenney on the last day of the sale for $50.00 (no limit!) in a sealed box… and I wonder whether she will be sold without the “X” on her bottom identifying her as an MCM purchase.

In other news, I noticed when checking my Amazon WishList that the book for the new contemporary character was never released this summer.

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The book (and doll, presumably) had a release date of June 26, 2018.  This seems to have been scrapped, for now, just like the re-release of Molly.

I feel like I come bearing bad news on this Sunday morning.  Maybe it is the humid rainy weather!  I hope American Girl can hang on in the tough times they seem to be facing.

Update: Z Yang and Gabriela are going at the of year, too.

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AG New Book (Doll?) Series

I stumbled upon this on Amazon — a new book series called “American Girl Like Sisters” to be released at the end of August. Will cousins Emma, Sofia and Zoe also be dolls?  I am assuming so. Perhaps this is the evolution towards giving existing TM dolls a story.

When I read the book description it sure reminded me a lot of Cynthia Rylant’s childrens’ book series “Cobble Street Cousins” in which three cousins live in their Aunt’s grand old house in a cozy attic.  They have adventures like starting a cookie baking business.

I also happened upon the first images of Z. Yang’s books, of which two are listed.



Tenney is getting a 4th book in late September, plus “Tenney’s Journal” which is already out.  The 4th book looks like a continuation of her story with a Christmas theme and does not appear to be a journey book.  Watch for our ‘Girl of the Year, but Not’ to be getting some Christmas outfits, Nashville style.

I didn’t find any books about Nanea, which does make you wonder how they will squeeze her in in 2017 with all of these other book releases.

American Girl: Ultimate Visual Guide

The DK publishing American Girl: The Ultimate Visual Guide is out and my copy arrived today!

American Girl Visual GuideHere’s a bit about what you can expect in the book.

There are fun facts about the development of American Girl products.  Below you can see the various outfits that were considered for Saige.

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There is a timeline several pages long that covers the company’s beginning to present day.

img_7896There are four pages for every historical doll, and two pages devoted to historical friends.

img_7897img_7898img_7899Historical dolls who are also part of the BeForever line are shown in original and BeForever clothing, with perhaps a slight edge for BeForever (especially in the case of Samantha).

All Girls of the Year are represented as well as their friends (Gwen, Sonali, etc).  The pages devoted to the GOTY characters vary based on collection size.

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The TrulyMe line is organized by activity/season/theme.  Here you see the layout on the topic of “Sports”.  Some of these pictures will be familiar from the catalogs.

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There is some fun trivia in the book, such as “tallest item sold” and “item with the most pieces.”  Would you like to take a guess?

Finally there is information about some of the American Girl development team.

img_7902The book is not a complete guide to everything ever produced.  I’d like to have one of those!  This book will best be enjoyed by those newer to American Girl, and definitely kids!  The large, hardcover book retails for around $20.00.

 

New American Girl Books in September

American Girl Visual GuideToday when I was checking my pre-order for the “American Girl: Ultimate Visual Guide” book, I noticed another new book to be released in early September: “Ultimate Sticker Collection: American Girl” by DK Publishing.

American Girl Sticker BookI think both look like fun!  The Visual Guide looks like it will include information on retired historicals and the Pleasant Company era. I am checking prices every now and again and I will let you know if I see them drop.  If you pre-order on Amazon you are guaranteed the lowest price.  Right now the Visual Guide is about 19.00 and the sticker book is 12.99.  Since DK books are available everywhere, you may be able to save money my pairing them with an in-store Barnes and Noble coupon!

DK will also be releasing “American Girl: The Story of America” in February 2017.  I am speculating this will replace the history section at the back of the historical books that has been sorely missing since Beforever.