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Dracula’s Tomb by Colin McNaughton

Published by Candlewick Press

Pages: 24

Ages: 5 and up.

Publishers Summary Open the Velcro tabs on this coffin-shaped tomb — er, tome — for a peek at some little-known details of Dracula’s infancy, school days, cherished belongings, and lively nightlife. Peer inside a vampire’s fridge and closet, peruse photos of little Drac with boyhood friends, meet his many pets, and get a taste, so to speak, of what eternal life is like for the world’s biggest pain in the neck. Just beware of the final spread — who knows what creepy consequences might spring up if visitors don’t obey the signs?

The Turkeybird and Littlebug Speak: “Do we really have to share this review mom?” says the Turkeybird.

Mom: “Yep, Turkey, the both of you love this one so much, I can’t really choose just one. Sorry!”

Turkeybird: “Okay, fine, if I have to, but I get to talk first!”

Mom: “Ummm…you already are Turkey.”

Turkeybird: “Oh, yeah…well, this book is so cool! Their are so many neat spooky things in it, like a werewolf and bats. Besides, there is a huge huge pop-up in the back!”

Littlebug: “Hey! I was going to talk about the pop-up Turkey! That’s not fair mom. I like it the best because the big guy always gives me high fives and knuckles every time I he pops up. So, I should get to talk about it first.”

Mom: “Well, I think the both of you have had enough time to tell everyone your favorite parts, primarily the BIG pop-up Dracula at the end of the book. Why don’t the two of you let me tell our nice readers a little more about the book?”

Turkeybird and Littlebug: “Oh, all right mom…really it’s great though!”

Mom: “Thanks kiddos!”


Mom’s Two Cents: “Yes, this is one of those books that I have a very very hard time keeping the peace with. Both the Turkeybird and Littlebug practically needed a referee once this book arrived for Halloween. Most of all they love the pop-up of course, but the Turkeybird does actually really enjoy the story prior to it.

Dracula’s Tomb is an account of Count Dracula from the time he was an infant until his current immortal age. Illustrated to look a little bit like a mix between a comic book and a scrapbook, it has all of his history from his school days to his current ‘night life’. Funny little images like him out dancing with his girlfriend, floating on the Dead Sea or ‘moonbathing’ by the Red Sea make this quite the goofy book for younger readers. This is just the story to get young readers started on their journey into the world of vampires in an incredible hilarious way that parents will enjoy reading as well.”

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 2 to 8. Not too scary even for the littlest of readers. Get them started early with their fascination with vampires!

For the Comments: Who/what is your favorite ghost or ghoul for the Halloween season?

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5 Responses to Book Review: Dracula’s Tomb by Colin McNaughton

  1. NotNessie says:

    I dunno. I’m trying to shelter my kids from the vampire/zombie/generally gruesome aspects of Halloween. What is Halloween without the gruesome, you ask? Well, YAY for happy fun pumpkin/costume/candy time! This book does totally look like fun, though.

    • Oh! Then you should totally look at my Alpha Oops: H is for Halloween review! Your kids (and you) would love it! It’s not gruesome and really fun. Plus it’s all about ABC’s, it’s a favorite this year for us!

  2. Raquel says:

    So glad the entire family enjoyed it. It’s great to get various perspectives. Did you see that the copyright information is behind a flap? I think that’s my favorite part of the book.

  3. Gina says:

    Okay now I don’t care about the recommended age on this one…it looks like so fun much! Really original too and who doesn’t like a pop up book? Great find! ^_^

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