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Posted October 18, 2013
This is a fun book about an adorable, loveable little vampirette who longingly dreams to become a dancer. She hangs posters of dancers over her coffin and her headstone is completed with quotes about dancing. She spends so much time dancing around the house that her mother and father decide it's time to starting classes. She does have challenges to overcome. She first of all has to chose a night class. She has to figure out how to perfect her form when she is unable to see herself in any of the mirrors. She has to resist the urge to take a little nip out of the other dancers and worst of all she has to conquer her Stage Fright! Oh my, what is a goth girl supposed to do? She is instructed not to show her fangs and always to get a good night's sleep. She is a fortunate little vampire because she has the full support of her family which is made up of ghouls and monsters. She focuses, is unwavering, and works very hard towards achieving her goal and executing an amazing debut performance, making friends along the way.
Although the main character is a vampire, the book is not scary at all. The two themes that run through the book are: reach your dreams through perseverance, never, ever give up. The book shows you how to deal with your feelings of inadequacy and insecurity when you are an outsider trying to fit in to mainstream despite your obvious uniqueness.
The illustrations are charming, simple, expressive and cartoon-like. The illustrator, herself an immigrant from Vietnam, knows how hard it is to assimilate into a new lifestyle. She takes the colours black, white and pink and then adds sparkles which adds such luxury and fun to them. The illustrations are pure perfection and dove-tail exactly with the text.
Vampirina learns that, "Even without wings, you can leap higher than you think."
Posted August 22, 2013
My 5 year old loves this book so much she carries it around. The story is sweet and appropriate and the illustrations are beautiful. Along the same lines as Fancy Nancy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 15, 2013
This is a sweet, affirming book. I gave it as a gift and the parent of the recipient was thrilled. Not only is Vampirina adorable with a host of equally adorable and comic friends, but it has a wonderful theme. We all want our children to strive toward their goals whether or not they "fit the mold." Encore!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.