Son of Dracula

Son of Dracula

by Victor G. Ambrus
     
 

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Fangs aren't what they used to be in Transylvania when Dracula is forced to open a boy's prep school to make ends meet. At Tombstoun -- the famous "finishing-off" school -- the students learn biology with Professor Frankenstein, who teaches them how to make new friends; chemistry with Dr. Jekyll and his stand-in, Mr. Hyde; and French with M. Quasimodo ("Ou est le… See more details below

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Fangs aren't what they used to be in Transylvania when Dracula is forced to open a boy's prep school to make ends meet. At Tombstoun -- the famous "finishing-off" school -- the students learn biology with Professor Frankenstein, who teaches them how to make new friends; chemistry with Dr. Jekyll and his stand-in, Mr. Hyde; and French with M. Quasimodo ("Ou est le pain? Le pain is in le neck.") The illustrations show Victor Ambrus at his exuberant best using part comic-strip and part full page paintings. The constant flow of sight gags -- combined with one-liners , lampoons and satirized fairy tales -- will be enjoyed by little devils everywhere!

VICTOR G. AMBRUS has illustrated over 200 books and twice won the Kate Greenaway Medal. His most recent books for Oxford include Pinocchio and Peter and the Wolf.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ambrus humorously probes the story of Dracula's progeny. Ages 8-12. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up An uneasy mixture of Monty Python-like slapstick humor and ``in'' British jokes that will baffle even the most dedicated aficionados of Dracula movies. The plot is so slight as to be nearly non-existent. It begins, as did Dracula: Everything You Always Wanted to Know But Were Too Afraid to Ask (Oxford, 1983), with the dilemma that Dracula is broke. This time his solution is to marry a rich woman. By page three, they have a son who has been expelled from public school, so Papa decides to open his own exclusive boarding school. The remainder of the book is taken up with a description of the courses and teachers offered therein. The same motley crew that inhabited the earlier story is back. There are the same senseless moments of violence; the same Briticisms, making the humor pointless to American readers; and the same frenetic pace. Text appears both in paragraph form at the bottom of each page and in dialogue balloons placed throughout each page. Horror movie fans in this country would do better to stick with Alice and Joel Schick's picture book adaptations of Frankenstein and Dracula (both Delacorte, 1980). Patricia Homer, Lowville Academy, N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192721914
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/16/1989
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.13(w) x 12.56(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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