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Fangsgiving

Book review by
Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Vampire learns the meaning of family in funny holiday tale.

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Educational Value

Shows traditional Thanksgiving foods and rituals -- that then get all messed up by some unexpected relatives who cook up some super-creepy dishes.

Positive Messages

Family should work together. It's good to show gratitude. You should tolerate annoying relatives because they're family. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Vladimir aims to make a nice meal for and with his friends. When his relatives mess it up, he gets mad at first, but then realizes he should forgive them because they're family. And he opts for a do-over the next day so his friends and family can work together and share a meal with gratitude. His relatives are goofy and butt in, but they mean well. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ethan Long's Fangsgiving is the third book starring the funny, friendly, familiar characters introduced in Fright Club. Here, the ghost, witch, werewolf, mummy, a Frankenstein-like monster, and a Dracula-like vampire named Vladimir are preparing a delicious Thanksgiving feast when Vladimir's relatives show up unexpectedly. The relatives take over and make horrifying food -- including lump-kin pie with maggot meatballs! -- and then their dog swoops in and eats it all up. Vladimir is furious but then remembers that family members should work together, so they start over the next day, prepare a nice meal, and give thanks. 

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What's the story?

In FANGSGIVING, vampire Vladimir's relatives join the Fright Club friends in their treehouse for the Thanksgiving feast. The relatives take over and make awful food -- including lump-kin pie with maggot meatballs! -- and then their dog swoops in and eats it all up. "You ruined Thanksgiving!" Vladimir yells. "Vladdy, you can't be mad at us!" says his Aunt Bessy. "We're family!" Then Vladimir remembers that family should work together. So the next day, they collaborate on preparing a meal (still with some creepy ingredients), join together at the table, and give thanks.

Is it any good?

This lighthearted look at the Thanksgiving holiday has lots of humor, spooky characters, and creepy details to amuse young readers. Fangsiving also has a sweet message about tolerating quirky and annoying family members and working together as a family. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the feast prepared in Fangsgiving. How is it different from what you eat at Thanksgiving? 

  • What the creepiest food on the table? What's the funniest? 

  • What does Vladimir learn about family after his relatives barge in on Thanksgiving? 

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