Vampire Boy's Good Night

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When the sun goes down and everything is wonderfully cold and dark, a vampire boy and a little witch go searching for children in the night.

But this is no ordinary night. It is Halloween, and what they find may surprise them. . . .

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Overview

When the sun goes down and everything is wonderfully cold and dark, a vampire boy and a little witch go searching for children in the night.

But this is no ordinary night. It is Halloween, and what they find may surprise them. . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bela, a vampire with a fanged overbite, and his witch friend, Morgan, set out to look for children on Halloween night, though they aren't sure they exist ("I've heard they like to swing and climb," Bela says). But when they attend a party, they discover that the partygoers are actually children dressed in Halloween costumes. The use of speech balloons adds to the intimacy of Brown's detail-rich scenes, and the absence of parental figures contributes to an exultant mood. The lyrical, understated prose and clever outsider's perspective on the holiday might make this a new seasonal favorite. Ages 3–7. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Evening arrives on a special night. Bela the vampire boy wakes up, gets dressed and goes to visit his friend, Morgan, a witch. The two of them are about to embark on an adventure to look for children. Bela is eager to find them; on the other hand, Morgan doesn't believe that there are such beings as children. However, they fly on Morgan's broom in search for children with rosy cheeks and white teeth. It happens to be Halloween night and they discover a party with children dressed in costumes. Bela and Morgan are invited to join the party. As they compare themselves with the children, they discover a few interesting surprises about the children who are attending the costume party. Although the illustrations have some interesting details that are related to vampires and witches, the story could have used more of Bela and Morgan's insights and perspectives about the children and the activities that occur during the party. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Bela, Boy Vampire, and his witch friend Morgan fly across town on Morgan's broom, looking for children with rosy cheeks and tiny white teeth. The friends are attracted to a well-lit house and discover a Halloween party with warty witches, ghosts, goblins, pirates, and vampires. Although Bela and Morgan seem to fit right in, they experience some puzzling moments, as when a scary vampire wins the costume contest, and the vampire isn't Bela. At evening's end, the masks come off and rosy-cheeked children are revealed. Morgan flies Bela home, where he falls asleep in his coffin bed, hugging his stuffed bat. The brief text and gentle illustrations work together in telling this Halloween story. The double-page illustrations are simple and uncluttered, but include clever details. Adults in particular will appreciate the books scattered on Morgan's floor. Titles include The Crucible and The Witch of Blackbird Pond. This friendly story will delight, but not frighten young readers. It's a good addition to holiday collections.—Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061140112
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/27/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Brown is the New York Times bestselling illustrator of How To Be, Sometimes You Get What You Want, and the New York Times bestselling book The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son.

Lisa Brown is the New York Times bestselling illustrator of How To Be, Sometimes You Get What You Want, and the New York Times bestselling book The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son.

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  • Posted September 24, 2012

    It's Okay

    The idea behind this story is really cute. It is about a vampire boy named Bela, and his witch friend Morgan. They go in search of real children on Halloween night. Morgan doesn't believe that children are real, and Bela wants to prove that they are. The writing is simple and straightforward, and compliments the illustrations well (probably because it was both written and illustrated by Lisa Brown).

    While this isn't my favorite Halloween book, it is a cute read and children will enjoy it. It was a book that I didn't really love, but didn't hate.

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  • Posted October 26, 2010

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    Classically Whimsical

    This book captures the whimsy that accompanies Halloween festivities. Lisa Brown, a New York Times bestselling illustrator, combines gorgeous, creative illustrations to bring to life the story of two supernatural friends enjoying a night of exploration in search of the elusive, mythological human child.

    This role reversal puts children in an imaginative state as they anticipate their Halloween costumes and night of celebrations. The use of a child vampire and a child witch is an instant attention-grabber for kids of all ages. Even middle-school students who may be interested in the paranormal would want to give this a read.

    I could use this in my middle school classroom as a point to jump off into writing. Students could contemplate and/or write about a day in the life of a supernatural character or activate their own prior knowledge about Halloween and memories from trick-or-treating as a little kid. They could also write about something they didn't understand when they were younger.

    Book provided by author for fair review.

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