It is really inaccurate to call the Culpeppers ""cardboard characters"" because they are, after all, paper dolls. These flimsiest of all inanimate objects are brought to a prim and old-fashioned paper life and play out a lonely existence in Debby's doll house. Mr. and Mrs. Culpepper, their 3 sons and 4 daughters are isolated when Debby's attention wanders to other things. A mouse, a bird and a spider provide their adventures and their neighbors until the arrival of a whole wedding party of paper dolls at the book's end. This is a dullish paper family and young readers are probably better at providing their paper dolls with excitement and dialogue. That is the danger of invading the imaginative territory of children -- the competition is too keen for the adult. Seen without the illustrations of Louis Slobodkin -- which forecast a handsome book, at least.