Children's Literature - Leslie RoundsThe Battys were not too surprised when a basket turned up on their doorstepthey had ordered some plants. But the basket turned out to have a baby girl inside, and that was a bit unusual. Mr. and Mrs. Batty raised the baby as their own, naming her Angela, but they were a little disappointed when her teeth began to grown in as fangs, and they eventually realized her father might just be Count Dracula. This brief chapter book, from the "Yellow Bananas" series, is illustrated with lively and amusing color illustrations, one or more for each double-page spread. Although the text is 43-pages long and divided into chapters, there are only a few pages that are completely text covered, not overwhelming for readers just transitioning to chapter books. The child-as-vampire theme ought to be an appealing topic for many, and the tale includes an exciting climax when Count Dracula comes to claim his own. There are a few challenging words for young readers: menacingly, crypt, recognize, and certificate, for example, but most of the text is fairly simple. This is a good choice for early chapter book collections.
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