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on 8 March 2012
I read and read and reread this (and the sequel) as a child (Im 37 now), I traced the pictures and put them by my bed and started speaking in the accent the characters use and drew fang marks on my neck to go to school with, whilst consuming all other things vampire I could as a 9 year old. It never left me and I blame this book for my love of all things dark. I cant wait to re read it as I cant recall the story but I will love reading it to my daughter and I hope she loves it too.
on 12 February 2009
I picked this novel up simply because it was written by Eric Morecambe and I find him very amusing, so I was hoping this book would be too. Yes, it is. It follows a family of vampires and how the system of ruling and government changes in their land - with a little light romance thrown in. But yes, it is a children''s book! It's just that it reads equally well if you are adult. And I found the voice of Eric Morecambe reading it in my head...
It has plenty of very clever lines - such as the romance-addled young man being advised: "Marry in Hastings and repent in Leicester", for example. It also has a couple of scenes that are genuinely scary (but not toooooo scary for little ones) - for example, when the King Vampire displays his incredible magic powers just to remind the uppity and restless villagers why he is their king (because he could zap them to dust if he chose to, that's why!). There's a nice wide range of characters, with even a werewolf to accessorise the vampire family. And an Igon (not quite the same as a Pratchett Igor!).
And it does indeed all end Happily Ever After. For almost all of them.
on 12 November 2014
I loved this book from the very beginning and my delight with it only grew as the page numbers progressed. This is a book for those who love silly, slapstick humour and characters that warm your heart.
One of the things I enjoyed about this story was that the vampires were so typical of the old movie style monsters that have made the image what it is. No one sparkled. Nice change.
This was such a fun experience and now that I know there are more books in the series I am greatly looking forward to reading them and seeing what else this author has in store for his readers.
I also loved Igon. There are some wonderful characters in this story that you will remember after you have finished it. I'm not usually one for humour books, but this one is definitely an exception. Funny, creative and adorable, this book is one I surely recommend.
This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
on 22 October 2014
This is a really funny story that will certainly appeal to children who are independent readers. It is written in chapters, each with a rhyming couplet as the chapter's title. The story concerns our the vampires King Victor and Queen Valeeta and the royal princes - their son Prince Vernon and their adopted son, Prince Valentine. From the very first chapter the scenes and characters are portrayed with great descriptions and plenty of humour. It is likely to appeal to any adults who enjoyed the work of this comedy legend turned author, I could certainly imagine him reading out loud. This is a great book that I have no hesitation in highly recommending.
on 5 April 2015
This book was suggested to me even though this was written with children in mind!!! It was recommend as an easy fun read. I have to it was exactly that as it was very farsical. You could hear Eric Morcombe reading this to you, with the accents and all the silly jokes. Next off is the Vampires revenge. I think I will give this a go in due course. If you fancy a change and a bit of a laugh,I'd give it a go then pass it onto the kids. Better still read it together!
on 3 November 2009
This book is a rare find in terms of children's books and should be a must read for people of all ages not just children! The book is full of the same slapstick comedy and humour that Eric Morecambe was always known for in his tv work, it will make you laugh out loud as well as finding yourself chuckling under your breath like child!