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"A smaller percentage of 17 year olds saw adults reading in their homes in 1999 than in 1984."
Summary: What could be worse than being forced to work in your father's bookstore ... when you hate books? While watching for shoplifters, a young boy sees a customer float in, pull out a straw, and start sucking the ink from the pages. Determined to prove that this wasn't a dream, the boy followed the customer into the graveyard and down into his book-lined crypt. he discovered a vampire who drinks ink because he is allergic to blood. What else will our adventurer discover? This is an illustrated chapter book for transitional readers.
Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book, reluctant reader, transitional reader, illustrated chapter
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12
Interest Level: 8 to 11
Reading Level: 3.9
Age of Child: Read by an 8-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: This book went everywhere one afternoon, as our daughter devoured it in one afternoon. She loved the idea of a vampire allergic to blood! and thought his underground library was cool.
Adult Reader Reaction: I started this book before my daughter and I couldn't wait until she was done so I could finish reading it. The story is clever and has a bit of eeriness to it, but in a light-hearted way. There is a Twilight Zone quality to it that is likely lost on young readers, but they will get the core message: books bring anything you can imagine to life.
Pros: A touch of mystery, a little bit of Halloween spookiness, and fast-paced book make this a great selection to share one-on-one or in a group.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a great book and a good one to keep in mind at Halloween. Boys, in particular, will find the story and adventures very cool.