Moss, Marissa (Author) , Moss, Marissa (Illustrator)
Jun 2011. 80 p. Simon & Schuster, paperback, $5.99. (9781442417373).
Like Moss’ books about Amelia, this series featuring a fourth-grader named Daphne takes the form of
journals filled with doodles and private musings. Daphne is one of those dramatic girls for whom life is
filled with lots of “TOTAL DISASTERS.” In this story, she decides to be a vampire for her school’s
Costume Day and then has to figure out how to distinguish her vampire costume from everyone else’s. The
plot plays out quickly and predictably, but the doodles are amusing, such as the various animals pictured as vampires and the cavalcade of disastrous costumes. As a character, Daphne isn’t developed much in this book, but that is somewhat ameliorated by the simultaneously published The Name Game!, in which she’s mistakenly called “Daffy” by Ms. Underwood on the first day of school (compelling Daphne to get even
by calling her teacher “Ms Underwear”). Light, quick, and sure to be popular.
--BOOKLIST, May 1, 2011