The Sleepless Little Vampire

Overview


Even creatures of the night can find it hard to sleep!

What could possibly be keeping a little vampire up tonight? Is it the growling of werewolves? Is it the cackling of witches? Is it the rattling of skeletons? No! It's that all scary creatures sleep during the DAY, silly!
This gentle, read-aloud romp gathers all the favorite fall frighties together for a book that's a year-round pleasure. See for yourself ...

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Overview


Even creatures of the night can find it hard to sleep!

What could possibly be keeping a little vampire up tonight? Is it the growling of werewolves? Is it the cackling of witches? Is it the rattling of skeletons? No! It's that all scary creatures sleep during the DAY, silly!
This gentle, read-aloud romp gathers all the favorite fall frighties together for a book that's a year-round pleasure. See for yourself how Egielski masterfully lets the pictures grow and the pace build until the moment Little Vampire (empowered!) takes control.
Beautiful. Funny. A tiny bit scary. This one's a sure bet with Little Vampires everywhere.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Egielski (Captain Sky Blue) presents a creepy vampire child who cannot fall asleep in his noisy cemetery. The little vampire (whose saucer eyes and bulbous head make him resemble a cartoon Martian) wonders what keeps him up so late: "Could it be—/ the werewolf bawling?/ Awhoo!—Awhoo!/ That's loud, but so are—/ the skeletons clacking! Clickity-clack!" Cuddling a Frankenstein's monster doll, he hops off his crypt to hear the "flappity!—flap!" of three brown bats and the "boo!—boo!" of four hovering ghosts. Egielski requires readers to turn the page before revealing each ghoul, and he provides an onomatopoeic soundtrack. In a sequence that recalls Where the Wild Things Are, Egielski gradually expands from a small closeup on the vampire to wide double-page stagings of his surroundings and the many monsters in action. Amid the soft gradations of blue, gray, brown, and violet, the vampire's paper-white skin and nightshirt stand out like a beacon; at story's end, he realizes dawn is breaking and discovers, "It wasn't bedtime yet for me." This spectral tale will find its likeliest audience when October rolls around. Ages 3–7. (June)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—The first picture, framed with cobwebs and twigs set on a plain black background, shows the title character sitting on a bed, holding a Frankenstein doll. "Why can't I sleep? What could it be? Is it…." On the next page, the text continues, "the spider spitting? THOOP!—THOOP!" The accompanying picture, in a slightly larger frame, depicts the vampire staring at a yellow and blue spider. In this cumulative tale, a few flitting (and flapping) bats soon make an appearance, followed by a werewolf, skeletons, ghosts, and several other scary creatures of the night. The book closes on a satisfying note, with everyone safe and sound. Egielski's watercolor/ink paintings are superbly executed, with strong colors and bold, expressive lines. They show off the artist's eccentric sensibility and abound with whimsical details, making this book perfect for the close examination that comes with one-on-one sharing. Meanwhile, listeners will want to chime in on the many sound effects, which are great for library storytimes. Even preschoolers can get in on the vampire craze with this fun offering.—Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
A young wide-eyed vampire just cannot get to sleep. As he sits on his vampire bed, he wonders if the different creatures in the tomb are keeping him awake. Is it the spitting spider? Perhaps, it is the flappity flap of the flying bats, clickity-clack of the skeletons, or the cackling witch. The scenes in each illustration gradually draw further back to include more of the cemetery and the general surroundings to capture the various makers of the different noises. Then, the answer to the young vampire's sleeplessness becomes apparent throughout the story. The conflict in the story builds as the young vampire tries to figure out why he cannot sleep. The illustrations build a tension as the different creatures begin to fill the scene. The surrounding backdrop of the black pages with white print enhances the colors in the illustrations. The size of the illustration grows along with story. The reason for his insomnia will bring a chuckle as children realize the answer. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—The first picture, framed with cobwebs and twigs set on a plain black background, shows the title character sitting on a bed, holding a Frankenstein doll. "Why can't I sleep? What could it be? Is it…." On the next page, the text continues, "the spider spitting? THOOP!—THOOP!" The accompanying picture, in a slightly larger frame, depicts the vampire staring at a yellow and blue spider. In this cumulative tale, a few flitting (and flapping) bats soon make an appearance, followed by a werewolf, skeletons, ghosts, and several other scary creatures of the night. The book closes on a satisfying note, with everyone safe and sound. Egielski's watercolor/ink paintings are superbly executed, with strong colors and bold, expressive lines. They show off the artist's eccentric sensibility and abound with whimsical details, making this book perfect for the close examination that comes with one-on-one sharing. Meanwhile, listeners will want to chime in on the many sound effects, which are great for library storytimes. Even preschoolers can get in on the vampire craze with this fun offering.—Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews

Egielski's saturated watercolor-and-ink artwork takes center stage in this visually rich parade of spooky nighttime creatures.

Perched on his bed and holding a Frankenstein's-monster doll, the young vampire opens the tale by gazing at readers from a small, framed picture surrounded by black. He questions, "Why can't I sleep? What could it be?" Perhaps it is a spider spitting, bats flitting, cockroaches crawling or the werewolf bawling? As each creepy thing appears—all with delicious sound effects—the framed pictures progressively expand to reveal more and more of the fanged boy's boisterous surroundings. Little Vampire, endowed with a large head and saucerlike eyes, glows in a cool white from each spread. After a few more of the usual suspects come on the scene, and the sky takes on a hint of pink, he realizes that it was just not his bedtime yet. On the only frameless, full-bleed spread, the menagerie of ghouls gathers to hear him proclaim, "GOOD MORNING, NIGHT CREATURES!" This signals the once-raucous group to go back from whence they came. The framing of the illustrations resumes, but they are now enclosed in white. With a bright sun high in the sky, the last focused frame is of Little Vampire fast asleep.

Preschoolers may not be aware of the impeccable design in front of them but are sure to reap the reward of this winning, interactive bedtime story turned topsy-turvy.(Picture book. 2-5)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545145978
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 561,690
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Richard Egielski received the 1987 Caldecott Medal for HEY, AL, story by Arthur Yorinks, and he has also illustrated texts by Pam Conrad, Margie Palatini, David LaRochelle, and Jonah Winter. The books he has both written and illustrated include BUZ and JAZPER, both named Best Illustrated Children's Books of the year by The New York Times.
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