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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (4 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444900218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444900217
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 0.5 x 28.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 380,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It'll find a welcome place on any young child's bookshelf. Recommended (The Bookbag)

It'll find a welcome place on any young child's bookshelf. (Bookbag)

Witty and atmospheric, the story's carefully-laid clues culminate in a twist ending that will have young children clamouring for it to be re-read (TESS)

Plenty for junior readers to enjoy. (School Librarian)

Witty and atmospheric. (Tess)

Laugh-out-loud funny. (Scotsman)

I adored this book, it made me laugh lots and has a fab twist. This is definitely going on my favourite picture book shelf. (Juniper's Jungle)

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An ironic, laugh-out-loud story that invites you to think about accepting others, perfect for Halloween.

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By Mummy of Two TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 July 2011
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I think this picture book is brilliant, we really enjoyed reading this. The book is perfect for young children probably from toddler age up to maybe about 7 or 8 years old. I read it to my niece who's just turned 5 and she (and I) thought the story was really funny especially the little twist at the end. The book has 32 pages each filled with funny imaginative illustrations, the majority of which are full paged. The illustrations have lots going on in them even down to little details in the background to keep your child interested.
The story is about a young vampire named Bram Pire writing to his Grandpa called Vampa (I love the names used!) about their new next door neighbours called the Wolfsons and how everything was fine on Nostfer Avenue until they turned up. The Pires are a family of vampires and think their new neighbours are really strange as they like to stay up all day and even sunbathe which they think is absolutely disgusting! The last straw is when the Pires have a traumatic experience whilst out for their evening 'flutter'.
A brilliantly funny and imaginative story about accepting others for who they are despite their differences so not only entertaining but also educational. I thoroughly recommend this book it will have both you and your kids laughing out loud.
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What a wonderful little book - beautifully illustrated by its author, Ross Collins. Aimed at the young-at-heart - from 6 to 60 plus, this graphic novel for children is only a few pages long. But those pages are a delight at every turn. The Pires, who live in a large gothic mansion, sleep through daylight hours, in coffins, and are curious, pleased and excited when their new neighbours the Wolfsons move next door. But as Bram, the youngest Pire, writes to his Vampa, back in Transilvania, they love sunshine, they don't understand why the Pires have late- night parties, and they are just so totally different. The Pires themselves are illustrated in black and white with a touch of red (of course), whilst the rest of the illustrations are in full colour - very clever. And whilst it can be read in less than 3 minutes cover to cover, go back, look again, read the words again - there are little jokes everywhere. A book to make everyone smile and a great present for a grown-up. I am going to send several this Christmas.
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My 9 year old son really enjoyed this book. He loves all things morbid and spooky, yet also scares quite easily and this book found just the right balance for him (he especially liked the family pet Cuddles). The art is enjoyably gothic and the artist makes interesting juxtapositions between color and black-and-white. The text is quite sparse, meaning the story doesn't take long to read, and even a fairly inexperienced reader will have little trouble predicting the "twist" ending, but that doesn't detract greatly from the overall impact of the book. My son has reread it several times and enjoys pouring over the art, looking for new creepy details he'd overlooked previously. Definitley recommended for young readers who enjoy vampires, haunted houses and things that go bump in the night!
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This children's story is told as letters from a child vampire observing their new neighbours who seem very abnormal to him. They clash over their paranormal habits and preferences, and the vampires eventually give up and leave.

A fun story, but although the relatively simple text and (great) pictures appeal to children 3-10 or so, the concept of vampires and werewolves is probably one they will not be familiar with. My 3 year old didn't get the story at all (and with nightmares at their most prominent at this very imaginative age I wasn't going for detailed explanation), and my 8 year old thought the book too young for him and wasn't very impressed.

As an adult, the book is quite appealing, but I'm not sure the target audience will be convinced.
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The book was a bit of a contradiction for me. The quantity of text (mostly 1 sentence per double page) would imply that that the book is aimed at 3-5 year olds yet the graphic illustrations, vampire theme and "moral" are clearly aimed at an older age group.

I ordered this book for my 5 and 7 year olds, who both thought it was babyish. I think the vampire pictures and theme may be too much for some easily scared 2-3 year olds. This leaves a very narrow group of children to whom this will appeal. The book has a hidden message about accepting others but I'm not sure that many young children will pick up this message.

A book for 3-5 year olds who aren't easily scared.
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By techpuppy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Aug. 2011
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Dear Vampa takes the form of a short letter from little Bram Pire (gettit?) to his dear old 'Vampa' back in Transylvania telling him about the very strange (yet apparently 'normal') family that just moved in next door. The illustrations are excellent with the Pire family rendered in a monotone woodcut-style throughout while their abnormally-normal new neighbours, the Wolfsons, are in full cartoon colour - it's a clever visual device that really works.

The story, about not judging people only on appearances, is told from the Pires point of view - imagine you move in next door to The Adams Family or The Munsters and what they might say about you behind your back and you've got it. The only problem is that younger children will miss so much of the book's humour without lengthy explanations of the mythology of vampires and other spooky goings-on. Still, it's a fun book and even though it's a short tale there's a nice twist at the end that I (even with all my supposed adult sophistication!) didn't see coming...
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