Dear Vampa Paperback – 4 Aug 2011
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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)
An ironic, laugh-out-loud story that invites you to think about accepting others, perfect for Halloween.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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.
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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It was ok. The item came in good condition and in time. Everything was as it was expected. Thank you very much.Published on 1 April 2012 by Luigi
My children were most impressed by the graphic style of this book. While reading it, they started drawing their usual characters "like Vampa creatures", which I take as a positive... Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2012 by Valery Koroshilov
As an adult, I can appreciate the skill on show here. I enjoyed the book rather more than my kids did, though. Read morePublished on 22 Dec. 2011 by Ray Blake
Read this to my 6 & 7 year olds. They did not get it! The adult jokes are not that good.
The drawings are lovely. Really nicely done. Read more
This is a lovely book, it takes the form of a long moany letter to Grandpa Vampire about the new neighbours. Who cause a few problems for the Vampires next door. Read morePublished on 24 Sept. 2011 by JoMaynard
I'm a big fan of Vampire books, and my 6 year old has shown some interest too in watching Twilight (and being immediately chased back up to bed) and so when I spotted this book I... Read morePublished on 6 Sept. 2011 by Bookinda
This is a 28 page picture book story, generally with one sentence on each picture page. The story is about a family of vampires whose peaceful existence is ruined when new normal... Read morePublished on 6 Sept. 2011 by Hagrid's Umbrella
A lovely easy to read picture book. Great for new readers to read. Lovely pictures throughout and a predictable twist at the end.Published on 2 Sept. 2011 by S. Hammond