Dracula Madness (Sam and Friends Series #1)

Dracula Madness (Sam and Friends Series #1)

by Mary Labatt, Jo Rioux
     
 

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After Jennie and her friend Beth show Sam the creepiest house in town, the dog detective is on the case! The Sam and Friends graphic novel series is perfect for girls who love spooky mysteries.See more details below

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After Jennie and her friend Beth show Sam the creepiest house in town, the dog detective is on the case! The Sam and Friends graphic novel series is perfect for girls who love spooky mysteries.

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A nice choice for young mystery fans looking for graphic-novel options.

A nice choice for young mystery fans looking for graphic-novel options.

The presence of three intelligent, brave female characters will make this title appealing to girls.

The presence of three intelligent, brave female characters will make this title appealing to girls.

Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
Sam is a special dog who loves really weird food like ketchup on popcorn and chocolate pudding with ketchup. Yuck! As the story opens, Sam is upset because she has had to move to a new neighborhood, and she is afraid she will not like it. When Jennie, the girl next door, meets the new family, arrangements are made for her to take Sam on walks. During one of the walks, Jennie and her friend Beth take Sam to a scary place with bats and a big, old house owned by Mr. MacIver. This is not a good place to be. The next time they go out, Jennie realizes that she is one of the few people on earth that can hear Sam's thoughts, and Sam can understand everything Jennie is saying. The three of them decide that the owner of the old house might be Dracula. After all, who never goes outside and never turns lights on? While the trio is "casing the place," a large box is delivered to Mr. MacIver, and the three of them decide to investigate when it is dark. When Jenny looks through the basement window, she see something inside the box that has a lot of hair, a nose and mouth that stick out like a long hose, and eyes that looked directly at her. The reader must finish the book find out what happens next. This is a great addition for a young mystery lover, and the black and white graphics add much to the enjoyment of the story. This is Book 1 in this graphic novel series. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
School Library Journal

Gr 3-5

This entertaining story, based on Labatt's Spying on Dracula (Kids Can, 1999), blends mystery with gentle spookiness to create a satisfying whole. Samantha is a charmingly self-centered sheepdog who fancies herself a detective. After moving to the small town of Woodford with her owners, she quickly bonds with Jennie, the 10-year-old next door, who has the unique ability to hear Sam's thoughts. When Jennie and her friend Beth take Sam to the scariest house in town, inhabited by the reclusive McIver, the trio begins to investigate the man's odd behavior. It isn't long before his actions, and Beth's imagination, lead them to believe that he's Dracula. As is often the case with childhood fears, the facts are not as mysterious, or as spooky, as they appear. The black-and-white artwork is anime-inspired. While not remarkable, the crisp, effective illustrations pair nicely with the well-paced writing, giving the story a smooth flow. The presence of three intelligent, brave female characters will make this title appealing to girls.-Travis Jonker, Dorr Elementary School, MI

Kirkus Reviews
Samantha's no ordinary sheepdog; she has a nose for a mystery. When her people move her to boring old Woodford, she's sure nothing exciting will ever happen to her again. However, when Jennie, the girl next door, is hired to walk Sam, the two find out that Jennie can hear Sam's thoughts. Joined by Jennie's friend Beth, they investigate the reclusive Mr. McIver, who never leaves his spooky house. Imaginations kick into overdrive when Jennie sees what looks like a monster through Mr. McIver's window. Based on Spying on Dracula (2000), the first of an eight-book series of mysteries featuring former early-reader star Sam the puppy, Sam and Jennie's graphic adventures have likely only just begun. Canadian Labatt's story adapts well to the graphic form. Rioux's manga-influenced black-and-white illustrations will engage reluctant readers and graphic fans alike, and readers of Elizabeth Levy's Something Queer and Fletcher Mysteries series will eat this up. With only the mildest of chills and a thoroughly endearing protagonist, this is recommended for most graphic-fiction collections serving active young readers. (Graphic fiction. 7-11)
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A nice choice for young mystery fans looking for graphic-novel options.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554534180
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
02/01/2009
Series:
Sam and Friends Series, #1
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
240L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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