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DEAR VAMPA

Author: Ross Collins

Illustrator: Ross Collins

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 2009

Material: hard cover

Summary: Bram Pire used to love his neighborhood. Then the Wolfson's moved in, and well, things just aren't the same. The Pires are vampires, so that all-day noise is more than a little disruptive. In a long letter, Bram tells Vampa they're coming home to Transylvania. But what will the neighbors think? This is a book that can be read all year round, not just at Halloween.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, learning to read, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 12

Interest Level: 4 to 9

Reading Level: 2.1

Age of Child: Read by a nearly 8-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter loved this book. She spent some time looking through it before she settled in, but as soon as she started reading, she started laughing.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a clever take on the Halloween theme. Although the kids have a costume party, the story is not so tied to Halloween that it can't be read at other times of the year. The only oops (and its minor) is that Bram tells the whole story, until the last two pages. Then the Wolfsons talk.

Pros: Cute wordplay, humor, and vampires combine to make this a great story to share together ... or give confidence to new readers.

Cons: None, really.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is clever and fun to read, but after a few times you'll be ready to move on.

If You Liked This Book, Try: A HALLOWEEN STORY   DIRK BONES AND THE MYSTERY OF THE HAUNTED HOUSE (I Can Read! Series, Level 1)   INSIDE THE SLIDY DINER

Educational Themes: With a little bit of stretching, you can draw out themes of being good neighbors, judging others, and jumping to conclusions. This is not a book about acceptance, though.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub, Inc. This is an unsolicited donation.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, Halloween, humor, life lessons

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2009

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