The Big Book of Vampires

The Big Book of Vampires

by Denise Despeyroux, Fernando Falcone
     
 

A fabulously creepy collection of vampire lore for blood-thirsty little people. A perfect Hallowe'en collection! A bloody great collection of vampire stories from around the world, in a large, beautifully illustrated edition - a perfect keepsake.  See more details below

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A fabulously creepy collection of vampire lore for blood-thirsty little people. A perfect Hallowe'en collection! A bloody great collection of vampire stories from around the world, in a large, beautifully illustrated edition - a perfect keepsake.

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VOYA - Mark Letcher
With so many recent teen titles focusing on vampires, it only makes sense to return to some of the original source material. In this collection, Despeyroux compiles brief adaptations of vampire tales from nineteenth-century authors such as Bram Stoker, Alexandre Dumas, and Ruben Dario, among others, in addition to four vampire folk legends from across the globe. While the entries do cut a great deal of content, readers can still get a strong sense of story and see how the vampire legend is treated by different authors and cultures. Those who only know vampires as glittering teenage heartthrobs may be surprised to learn how the creatures have taken on a wide range of forms, from the elderly baroness in German author E. T. A. Hoffman's story to the vampire-fox of ancient Chinese legend. Similarities between the stories, including the methods of creating and destroying vampires, are also fascinating to note. The stories, while dealing with issues of death and the paranormal, never move into the truly horrifying. Falcone's illustrations, with dark, haunted eyes and exaggerated physical features, add just the right balance of fright and fun to the collection. The quick reads in this compilation would work well on their own or as companion pieces to other, longer versions of vampire tales. This is an excellent collection for Halloween or any time a good scare is needed. Reviewer: Mark Letcher
Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
The most noted and significant terror/vampire stories and legends are adapted and included in this large and elaborately illustrated book. There are nine adaptations of this literary genre of the nineteenth century and four legends in the folk tradition. The legends, all about the adventures of vampires, originated in China, Spain, Poland, and Denmark. A thick cover with a cut-out of a bat with red eyes showing through from the inside page provides an eerie display. Inside the cover is a note from Dracula that can be signed to declare membership in the Club of Admirers of Vampire Stories and Legends. Some of the adaptations include Bram Stoker's Dracula, A.K. Tolstoy's The Family of the Vurdulak, and E.T. A. Hoffman's Vampirism. Dracula is condensed to four pages or so including illustrations. A Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu is about the same length. A summary of each book is told without the literary richness of the author's writing, but the reader is able to get a good understanding of the characters and plot. The legend portion follows the tradition of someone telling an old story. Each of the two sections has a page listing the books along with several sentences of information, such as how The Family of the Vurdulak "must be one of the cruelest stories in this genre." The illustrations are vivid and creative. There is a table of contents, and the back of the book contains two pages that provide an illustration of each author and brief biographical statistics. Each painting heightens the mysterious and frightening aspect of the stories. Readers of this genre will enjoy being able to get an impression of the events that take place in these classical stories. Reviewer: Vicki Foote

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770493711
Publisher:
Tundra
Publication date:
08/14/2012
Edition description:
Translatio
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 11.32(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

DENISE DESPEYROUX was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, and has a degree in philosophy. She is a playwright and theatre director with training in drama and performance. Denise Despeyroux lives in Spain.
 
FERNANDO FALCONE was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied at the National School of Fine Arts Prilidiano Pueyrredon for six years. He uses several art techniques with pencil, oleos, watercolors, temperas, and combines it with digital editing. He is now working as an illustrator for many international publishers and advertising agencies.

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