What could be worse than being forced to work in your father's bookstore ... when you hate books? While watching for shoplifters, a young boy sees a customer float in, pull out a straw, and start sucking the ink from the pages. Determined to prove that this wasn't a dream, the boy followed the customer into the graveyard and down into his book-lined crypt. he discovered a vampire who drinks ink because he is allergic to blood. What else will our adventurer discover?
A touch of mystery, a little bit of Halloween spookiness, and fast-paced book make this a great selection to share one-on-one or in a group.
This book went everywhere one afternoon, as our daughter devoured it in one afternoon. She loved the idea of a vampire allergic to blood! and thought his underground library was cool.
I started this book before my daughter and I couldn't wait until she was done so I could finish reading it. The story is clever and has a bit of eeriness to it, but in a light-hearted way. There is a Twilight Zone quality to it that is likely lost on young readers, but they will get the core message: books bring anything you can imagine to life.
This is an illustrated chapter book for transitional readers.
This is a story meant for enjoying. It will engage transitional readers (third grade) in reading longer stories, and also stretch their imagination.
9 to 12
8 to 10
Read by an 8-year-old girl.
Borrow. This is a great book and a good one to keep in mind at Halloween. Boys, in particular, will find the story and adventures very cool.