My FANGtastically Evil Vampire Pet

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Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media
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Fun, evilly funny mischief and pets at summer camp.

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Educational Value

Not a lot of academic information here, but there are some good lessons about friendship -- and how to build evil traps and make nefarious plans.

Positive Messages

For as evil as Mark tries to be, he figures out what’s important when it comes to friendships and doing the right thing, and how to work together with people he thinks he won’t like.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The evil camp counselors aren’t great role models -- and neither are the evil campers -- but Geeky Girl shows a lot of integrity.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My FANGtastically Evil Vampire Pet, by bestselling author Mo O’Hara (My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish), is a comically evil take on what happens at summer camps when parents don’t pay close attention to where they’re sending their kids. While the Evil Scientist Summer Camp is a unique setting, the campers’ experiences are familiar: jockeying for position in a new group, anxiety over new friendship dynamics, and bears. The illustrations are fabulous, and the story is funny, engaging, and will captivate young readers.

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What's the story?

In My FANGtastically Evil Vampire Pet, Mike schemes his way into going to Evil Scientist Summer Camp, and sneaks his kitten, Fang, into camp in a backpack. In the presence of legendary evildoers Kristy Katastrophe and Trevor the Tech-in-ator, and surrounded by veteran campers and evil newbies, Mike tries to win Evil Emperor of the Week. But mostly, he wants to fit in with a new crowd while trying desperately to hide Fang because ESSC has a strict no-pets policy. The big competition has high stakes, and potentially evil results.

Is it any good?

There’s so much to love here, from the enticing illustrations to the wacky names and the upside-down take on life at summer camp. My FANGtastically Evil Vampire Pet brings the familiar things about camp – group competitions, anxiety about bunk mates, peculiar nicknames – into a different light. It’s a funny, fast-paced story that will keep young readers’ attention, and is great for readers who are even just a little bit beyond simple chapter books.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how summer camp is portrayed in My FANGtastically Evil Vampire Pet. Does it seem like any camp you've been to or heard about? 

  • Did you read the author's My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish? How do you think this book compares? Do you think you'll stick wit this new series? 

  • What other delightfully evil books have you read?

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