A Vampire Is Coming to Dinner! 10 Rules to Follow

Pamela Jane, illus. by Pedro Rodriguez, Price Stern Sloan, $7.99 (16p) ISBN 978-0-8431-9964-2
After a Nosferatu-like vampire announces an unexpected visit to a boy's house (via a knife-staked note on the door), what follows is a list of rules for caring for guests of the bloodsucking variety, which appear on flaps within antique golden picture frames. Kids will delight in lifting each flap to reveal retro-styled spreads in which the boy outwits the vampire at every turn—welcoming him with spotlights, candles, and lamps ("Make sure all the lights are off") and cooking a garlic-heavy dinner ("Don't serve the vampire anything with garlic in it"). A pop-up finale in which the two have suddenly resolved their differences comes out of left field, but the rest of the book is a ghoulishly good time. Ages 3–up. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 05/31/2010
Release date: 08/01/2010
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