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A Vampire Is Coming to Dinner!: 10 Rules to Follow
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A Vampire Is Coming to Dinner!: 10 Rules to Follow

by Pamela Jane, Pedro Rodriguez (Illustrator)
 

Read along as the narrator of this story comes up with some very practical rules for dealing with a vampire. But rules are meant to be broken, aren't they? From feeding the vampire garlic to filling the house with mirrors, the narrator is doing just that! With ten full-page gatefolds and a pop at the end of the book, kids will love seeing which rules are being

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Read along as the narrator of this story comes up with some very practical rules for dealing with a vampire. But rules are meant to be broken, aren't they? From feeding the vampire garlic to filling the house with mirrors, the narrator is doing just that! With ten full-page gatefolds and a pop at the end of the book, kids will love seeing which rules are being followed and which aren't!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
After a Nosferatu-like vampire announces an unexpected visit to a boy's house (via a knife-staked note on the door), what follows is a list of rules for caring for guests of the bloodsucking variety, which appear on flaps within antique golden picture frames. Kids will delight in lifting each flap to reveal retro-styled spreads in which the boy outwits the vampire at every turn--welcoming him with spotlights, candles, and lamps ("Make sure all the lights are off") and cooking a garlic-heavy dinner ("Don't serve the vampire anything with garlic in it"). A pop-up finale in which the two have suddenly resolved their differences comes out of left field, but the rest of the book is a ghoulishly good time. Ages 3-up. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780843199642
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
08/12/2010
Pages:
16
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

My second grade teacher, Mrs. Greer, once made a prediction. "Pamela," she said, "one day you will wake up and see the whole world going by." I thought she was telling me I was destined to be an astronaut! Actually, she meant I was day dreaming. What she didn't realize is that I was writing a novel in my head. It was going to be the greatest novel ever written. Most books I read were hopelessly thin, leaving out crucial details like blinking and going to the bathroom. Mine would be different. I would include everything. 

I still write stories in my head but now many of them become books. Though a real book is rarely as brilliant as an imaginary one, there is magic in being able to hold your newly-published book in your hands — a tangible, almost living thing. The best part comes when a child writes, as one little girl did, "I loved your book because it made me happy". 

I was not an exceptional student, probably because I was too busy writing great books in my head. But when I was in high school, my chemistry teacher told me he wasn't worried about my grades, because he knew that one day he would have my books on his shelf. I never forgot his prophecy or his faith in me, and twenty five-years later, when Houghton Mifflin published my first book, Noelle of the Nutcracker (illustrated by Jan Brett), I sent a copy to Mr. Welsh and asked him to put on his shelf. And he did.

I like to write different kinds of stories — tall tales, picture books, young readers, and stories in rhyme (many of the rhymes come to me in dreams, but they need lots of wakeful editing). I love talking to children at schools and sharing my journey to becoming a writer....I even tell them about how I submitted one book 135 times before it was accepted (their mouths drop open!).

I live in Pennsylvania with my husband and our daughter. When I get stuck with my writing,  my daughter advises me to put on my thinking mask.

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