Vampirina in the Snow

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Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Vampire girl gives tips on how to have wintry fun outdoors.

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Educational Value

Practical advice for snow play: Bundle up, put on snowshoes to walk more easily in the snow, make a snowman by stacking with three large snowballs. "Don't forget the carrot nose!" "Remember -- always sled feet first." Skate on a frozen pond if "it's deemed safe." Drink hot chocolate to warm up. 

Positive Messages

Implied message that playing in the snow and spending time with family are fun. You can skate on a frozen pond if it's deemed safe. Always sled feet first. "Leave skeleton bobsledding to the pros" (on a page showing actual skeletons sledding downhill headfirst). 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Vampirina is cheerful and positive, as are her spooky parents and relatives. They watch out for one another and are open-minded, befriending a yeti they discover in a cave.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Vampirina in the Snow is the fourth book in the Vampirina series written by Anne Marie Pace and illustrated by LeUyen Pham. Like the previous book, Vampirina at the Beach, it plops the cute little ballerina (and ice skater) in a unique setting with her spooky family members, and all the typical things a family might do there become a little more fun and funny. Note: Vampirina looks a lot different in her books than she does in the Disney Junior animated TV show inspired by them. 

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What's the story?

A winter storm is coming, so when other people would huddle inside where it's warm, Vampirina and her crazy family go outside to play. Readers see all the fun in store for VAMPIRINA IN THE SNOW, in a story told as a set of step-by-step instructions: Bundle up, use proper ballet positions to make snow angels, use wings if necessary when sledding (in a coffin) downhill, put on snowshoes to walk in the powder more easily, skate on a frozen pound if "it's deemed safe," etc. They even discover a yeti in his icy cave -- and then all have hot chocolate together. 

Is it any good?

This wintry entry in the Vampirina series bears the hallmark of all the other books, with odd, scary-looking weirdos doing familiar wholesome activities. The little vampire's family members do all the regular stuff kids do in the snow -- build snowpeople, go sledding and ice skating, have a snowball fight -- but it's all funnier when spooky monsters, vampires, ghosts, and ghouls are doing it.

Vampirina in the Snow offers practical advice in a deadpan tone, contrasted with wacky illustrations of the colorful characters, making it a good book to read before playing in the snow -- or just to get in the mood for it. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the snow activities in Vampirina in the Snow. How many of them have you tried? 

  • What's funny about seeing vampires and monsters playing in the snow like regular kids? Which pictures in the book are your favorites? Why? 

  • What would it be like to be able to turn into a bat and fly away whenever you wanted? Do you like the things pictured in the book that are more like real life, or things like the sledding scene where Vampirina turns into a bat?

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