Vampire Baby
  • Vampire Baby
  • Vampire Baby

Vampire Baby

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by Kelly Bennett, Paul Meisel
     
 

When Tootie gets her first teeth, it’s clear to her big brother that she’s no ordinary baby. But how to convince Mom and Dad?

It happens overnight: little sister Tootie goes from cuddly, ga-ga-googoo, I-want-my-ba-ba baby...vampire baby. Now she’s sinking her pointy fangs into everything — furniture, toys, and especially her big

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Overview

When Tootie gets her first teeth, it’s clear to her big brother that she’s no ordinary baby. But how to convince Mom and Dad?

It happens overnight: little sister Tootie goes from cuddly, ga-ga-googoo, I-want-my-ba-ba baby...vampire baby. Now she’s sinking her pointy fangs into everything — furniture, toys, and especially her big brother ("Youch, Tootie! No bite!" ). Mom insists that it’s just a phase, but Tootie’s brother knows better. Just look at her hairline! Or the fact that all her favorite foods are bloodred! With perfect comic timing, Kelly Bennett and Paul Meisel give a fresh slant to the new-baby story, proving that even monstrous little arrivals have a funny way of staking their siblings’ affections.

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Publishers Weekly
Bennett’s young narrator loves his younger sister, Tootie—until she grows a pair of fangs. After that, he’s shouting, “Youch, Tootie! No bite!” on a regular basis. His parents refuse to believe they’ve sired a vampire (“She’s hungry,” Mom says, explaining why Tootie won’t sleep at night. “And take off that garlic necklace!”), but after the boy tries to foist Tootie off on an actual vampire family, he discovers that he’s more protective than he realized. Meisel gives Tootie a pair of sharp-looking fangs, playing up her brother’s anxieties, while never quite answering the question, “Is she or isn’t she?” Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Illustrator’s agent: Jennifer Mattson, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (July)
Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
Tootie is an adorable, cuddly baby sister, a "cuddly ga-ga-goo-goo" charmer until the night that her first teeth—or rather, fangs?—come in, and she turns into a relentlessly biting "vampire baby!" The big brother narrator of the story might have been able to accept her constant chomping at his toys, catcher's mitt, bike tires, and superhero action figures, but when Tootsie turns to toes, fingers, and tummies, it is "YOUCH, TOOTIE! NO BITE!" Tootie's parents insist that biting is just a normal baby phase, but if Tootie is not really a vampire, why are all her favorite foods blood red? And why is she awake so much at nighttime? Finally, Tootie's brother has a chance to get rid of her when he sees a vampire couple, complete with vampire child, walking through the costume section of the local store on shopping day; surely, they will want a vampire baby to round out their family. But in the end, he decides that he cannot really part with his vampire baby, after all. Bennett and Meisel's whimsical collaboration works on two levels: both text and art are carefully ambiguous between the possibility that Tootie might be an actual vampire baby, or might just be a normal teething baby who drives her big brother crazy. Young readers will enjoy the full range of imaginative possibilities here as they share in the message the younger siblings may be irritating, annoying, and downright impossible—but we can still love them, anyway. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS—When baby Tootie gets both canine teeth simultaneously, she becomes Vampire Baby overnight. She "sinks her fangs" into everything, including her older brother, the story's narrator. On shopping day, he puts Tootie in a cape and gives her a sign that says, "Wanted good home for Vampire Baby." A vampire family happens to be in aisle 13 at the same time and offers to take the baby "homey-womey." But when the boy shouts at Tootie for chomping on his nose, her brother comes to her defense and decides to keep her after all. Simple pen-and-ink and watercolor cartoon illustrations accompany text that may interest a preschool audience with teething younger siblings. Young listeners may enjoy repeating, "Youch, Tootie! No bite!" but the appeal of this story may otherwise be limited.—Lindsay Persohn, University of South Florida, Tampa
Kirkus Reviews
Baby Tootie seems like a typically cute baby until her older brother notices an alarming change in her behavior when she gets two suspiciously sharp front teeth. "We should have known right then," states the brother when the doctor observes that two new teeth are "[c]anines….Most unusual," but the boy struggles to convince his parents that Tootie is far from normal, since she's always sinking her fangs into him. Her widow's peak, appetite for "blood red" food and late-night habits all appear to prove the brother's point. But his parents think the teething is "[n]othing to worry about." Fed up, he hatches a plan. During a trip to the store, the brother goes to the costume section and dresses up Tootie "in a Dracula cape" and equips her carriage with a sign advertising for a "good home for Vampire Baby." They meet a likely family in aisle 13, but the young boy (is he a real vampire, or just dressed like one?) gets too close. When Tootie chomps his nose, he scolds her: "AAARGH! YOW! OW! BAD BABY!" Readers can guess how this spurs Tootie's brother into action to defend her. Meisel's illustrations, executed in acrylic, watercolor, collage, pencil, ink and pastel, are full of details that add light, humorous touches to the tale, lending just the right touch of charm. Casting Tootie as a potential vampire gives the well-worn new-baby theme a fresh, comic twist. (Picture book. 4-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763646912
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
07/09/2013
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
934,488
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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