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Vlad the World's Worst Vampire4/5

Vlad the World's Worst Vampire

Anna Wilson

Review

This book looks set to be a popular read among our Year 3 and 4 pupils who I am sure will be drawn in by the delightful, humorous and gently spooky illustrations by Kathryn Durst. In this story, young Vlad Impaler finds himself failing his vampire education (he scores an E minus for both bat-morphing skills and evil laughter). His mother Mortemia despairs of him and Vlad is miserable. Vlad longs to slurp strawberry milkshake, taste marshmallows and play outdoors like the characters in his favourite story about school life in the human world. So one day, he ventures beyond the walls of Misery Manor and his adventures begin,..

Thankfully vampires nowadays have their blood delivered to the door by Red Cells Express so there is little to concern the squeamish reader and this story is altogether more charming than it is scary. With short chapters, lively illustrations and a pacy plot, this story is perfect for independent readers who enjoy funny stories.

152 pages / Ages 7-9 / Reviewed by Emily Marcuccilli, school librarian

Reviewed by: Emily Marcuccilli