By Author / Illustrator
Anna Wilson, Kathryn Durst
Little Tiger Press Group
Paperback / softback
Vlad is the youngest member of the Impaler family, the bravest vampires that ever lived. But Vlad isn't very brave at all. He's even a little bit scared of the dark!
All Vlad wants is some friends and he thinks he knows just where to find them... Human school! So off Vlad goes, along with his pet bat Flit.
But how will Vlad keep his true identity secret from his new friends? Not to mention keeping them hidden from his family!
Life just got a lot more complicated...
A gentle and funny story of a little vampire who wishes he was human - this is DIARY OF A WIMPY KID meets Hotel Transylvania.
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
Suggested Reading Age 7+