Vunce Upon A Time by J. otto Seibold and Siobhan Vivian
Dagmar the vampire was a vegetarian who thrived off of vegetables and candy. He tended to his garden, but it could not produce enough food to keep him satisfied, and was quickly running out of candy!
Dagmar was wondering what to do, when a friend told him about the human tradition of "trick-or-treating." But, he will need a costume. So Dagmar works to come up with the perfect costume that is scary, as he is nervous about being around humans-they are scary! He comes up with the perfect costume (a clove of garlic-what is more scary than that to a vampire??) but is shocked when moths eat his costume before he can wear it.
Dagmar flies away, as a bat, and heads into town. After realizing he already has the perfect costume already, he turns back into a vampire and goes trick-or-treating with a ghost. They become great friends, and Dagmar is shocked and scared when the ghost takes off her costume and turns into a little girl! Will Dagmar overcome his fear of humans to find a new friend?
What I Thought: I ordered this book for the library and had hoped this book would come in before Halloween, but it was about a month late. But that is okay, we will have it for Halloween '09!
This book is very fun. Seibold took such a famous mythical character, that may often be scary to young kids, and made it scared of them ! I have no doubt that kids will giggle at this story and relate to Dagmar's love of candy.
This book will definitely be on my list of Halloween read-alouds next year. Recommended.
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