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Cracked Classics #1: Trapped in Transylvania
     

Cracked Classics #1: Trapped in Transylvania

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by Tony Abbott, Gris Grimly (Illustrator)
 
Frankie and Devin are sent to do library duty after they don't read the assigned novel for class. Ms. Figglehopper, the school librarian, sends the twosome to the backroom—with a slight wink. They quickly discover a crack in the wall, and they step into the world of Bran Stoker's Dracula. The wisecracking pair ham it up with Jonathon Harker, Van Helsing, and

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Frankie and Devin are sent to do library duty after they don't read the assigned novel for class. Ms. Figglehopper, the school librarian, sends the twosome to the backroom—with a slight wink. They quickly discover a crack in the wall, and they step into the world of Bran Stoker's Dracula. The wisecracking pair ham it up with Jonathon Harker, Van Helsing, and the rest of the Dracula crew as they drive out the undead and learn a thing or two about "blood"-thickening plots.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Kids can count on more chuckles than chills in this lighthearted spoof of Bram Stoker's timeless tale, which launches the Cracked Classics series. When Devin and Frankie (short for Francine) disrupt their sixth-grade English class, the teacher assigns to them an oral report on Dracula. Spunky narrator Devin complains that it is "full of pages from beginning to end. Not only that. There's printing on every single one of them!" Glancing at the title, he then announces, "That can't be right. Dracula is a movie," to which Frankie replies, "Some book. Doesn't even know what it is." Such buoyant banter keeps this caper cruising along at a quick clip as the two pals fail miserably at their report, and their teacher banishes them to the library. After the librarian gives them the task of taping together a dilapidated copy of Dracula, the pair accidentally sends the book through the library's "zapper gates" (security system), which catapults them to 1897 Transylvania. The classic tale's trappings assume amusing if expectedly inane dimensions through their eyes ("This must be the living tomb.... Sorry, I mean living room," says Frankie as the count gives them a house tour). A concluding note from the duo's librarian plugs the Stoker saga, which just may prompt youngsters to pick up the real thing. The series next skewers The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (in Mississippi River Blues, also May) and Around the World in Eighty Days (in What a Trip! scheduled for a July release). Ages 8-12. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-6 When Devin and his friend Francine do poorly on a book report on Dracula, the teacher punishes them by sending them to work in the library. When they accidentally drop a copy of the book behind an old security gate, the sixth graders find themselves in Transylvania, trapped in the classic story. In spite of the offensive premise that being sent to the library is punishment, this story will delight and scare readers. It remains true to Bram Stoker's plot while juxtaposing the thoughts, impressions, and experiences of today's children. Devin and Frankie are wisecracking underachievers and their characterizations and dialogue ring true. Abbott adroitly blends the language in Stoker's tale with their conversations, resulting in laugh-out-loud scenes. Their jokes are old but provide needed relief. While it is clear that the message is "reading is good, fun and important," the author delivers it through the characters and plot, rather than by lecturing. The short chapters, often ending in cliff-hangers, make this a good read-aloud. As an introduction to Stoker's book, it's a great plot summary. And for those looking for a "scary" book, it's a kid's choice. -Molly S. Kinney, Office of Public Library Services, Atlanta, GA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786813247
Publisher:
Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date:
05/01/2002
Series:
Cracked Classics Series , #1
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.28(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Cracked Classics #1 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel grabs the reader's attention and doesn't let go. Reluctant readers and unenthusiastic students will identify with Devin and Frankie, who would rather do anything than read or study. When they find themselves literally in the novel Dracula and must read it in order to return to their own world, the best friends discover that reading isn't so terrible, after all. Liberal doses of humor make this book a delight, and the main characters' involvement in the story may inspire many readers to check out the original novel on their own. A word to fellow librarians: be sure you have a copy or two of Dracula on hand. This series is a winner in my book (excuse the pun).
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really interesting and there wasn't a boring part at all! It was really fun and you learned alot about the classic story about Dracula...I mean CRAKED CLASSIC!