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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
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?
- Author: Ethan Long
- Illustrator: Ethan Long
- Genre: Picture Book
- Topics: Holidays, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
- Publication date: November 9, 2018
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 3 - 6
- Number of pages: 32
- Available on: Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: February 26, 2020
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