Friday, November 9, 2012

Review: The Little Vampire by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg

Tony loves reading creepy stories about vampires. But when one night he finds a real vampire sitting on his windowsill, he is very surprised and terribly frightened. Luckily the little vampire turns out to be friendly. Thus begin the adventures of Tony, Rudolph, Anna the Toothless, Gruesome Gregory, and Nightwatchman McRookery.

For the younger kids who like vampires but aren't interested in Twilight, this book could be for you.

In The Little Vampire, Tony befriends a young vampire and his family after the little vampire sneaks into his room.

The story is set in an older time in Europe, when televisions had to be turned on by pressing a button on the television. I wasn't too sure if I was going to enjoy the book when it first started as it started a little slowly and dryly, but as the book progressed, I got more and more into it.

Tony and Rudolph are the stars of this book and their friendship is what makes the story shine. There aren't a lot of books wherein the friendship between two young boys plays a big part. I wasn't a fan of Rudolph's sister Anna, though. I guess I just really dislike female characters that practically throw themselves at the hero.

As for the illustration style feels a little bit too old for the story. A cuter, more childish style might make the book seem happier.

Thanks to NetGalley and Open Road Young Readers for the e-copy.

  1. The characters are more accessible to kids than the usual vampires in books and on television.
  2. The plot is interesting enough considering it's only the first book in a series.
  3. The book is entertaining.

  1. The illustration style might not appeal to everyone.

"What am I going to do with you now?" it asked.
"We could listen to records," suggested Tony.

  1. Your child likes vampires.
  2. Your child has an active imagination.
  3. You're looking for a book that your little boy will like.




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