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 Genre: Children's
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