A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Dagmar has a temper tantrum and flies away from his parents, but he does come back. Later he and a little girl become friends and help each other out.
Violence & Scariness
The vampire main character is kind and cute, not scary. He has a temper tantrum and turns himself into a bat.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this unique vampire tale contains nothing scarier than Dagmar's temper tantrum. The clever twists in the story, for example when the vampire tries to come up with a scary costume, create a silly but engaging story, and the rich illustrations capture the fun.
Is It Any Good?
This is a clever book with unusual twists thrown in here and there that make it fun to read; a perfect Halloween story for readers of any age. The lessons learned are ones about being brave and finding friends in unusual places. And the illustrations are remarkable. Anyone familiar with Olive, the Other Reindeer will recognize Seibold's touch, though his artwork here is swirlier and bolder, with backgrounds as rich as deep red velvet and scenes as exciting as any Halloween adventure.
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