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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (August 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061355348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061355349
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,721,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kindergarten-Grade 2—The majority of this tale is written in the form of a letter from Bram Pire to his "Vampa." The Pire family, with their pointed fingers, pointed ears, and fangs, is planning to move back to Transylvania to stay in Vampa's "guest crypt" for a while as they are most unhappy with their new neighbors. The house next door was bought by some unusual and vividly colorful folks: they enjoy sunshine, stay up all day, and sleep all night with their windows locked up tight. When the Pires take off for "an evening flutter" in the form of bats, the Wolfsons (hint, hint) shoot them down with slingshots. Enough is enough, and the Pires, depicted only in black and white with touches of red, pack up their things. A spread shows some of the belongings they are taking: a skull safely covered in bubble wrap, a caged vulture, a plaque reading "Tomb, Sweet Tomb," a book entitled Good Neck Guide, and a coffin. As the moving van drives off in the light of a full moon, something very strange begins happening to the Wolfsons. Good fun for vampire fans.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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PRAISE FOR ROSS COLLINS' WORK: "Ross Collins' striking illustrations combine a Winnie-the-Pooh cuddle factor with a dark imagination reminiscent of Tenniel's drawings for Alice." -- TES 20091211 Witty and atmospheric. -- TESS 20110909 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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By Carolyn Buck on October 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My grandson liked the book, I had to read it to him 3 times when we received it. I will be reading this for the Halloween season.
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By Kirsten G. Cutler on December 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In this charming spoof about the difficulty of getting good neighbors, a vampire boy named Bram Pire writes a letter to his "vampa" about his new neighbors, the Wolfsons. He writes that the Wolfson family does a lot of weird things like: they "stay up all day" and do noisy things that keep us awake; yet they call the police when mom's friends play music out on the roof at night. Bram further complains that the Wolfsons "tend to lock their windows every night. It's so inconsiderate". Elementary age children will enjoy the humorous text and the cartoon-like illustrations that depict various funny events: the Pire family desperately trying to fall asleep in their coffins, or their pet octopus scaring off the Wolfson children. The final straw is when the Wolfson children use their slingshots to aim rocks at some bats that are actually the Pire family out for an evening "flutter". As Bram reports, "Mom doesn't think she'll be able to face flying again". A double spread shows the Pire family, all bandaged up gathering their things together to move. A final amusing twist completes the story.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pugonym on November 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I can't believe there aren't more reviews yet of this delightful book! It's one of the most charming reads I've encountered in a long time. I'm a 21-year-old English major, and while I'd highly recommend this book for children of all ages, I'm keeping this copy for myself! The irony is sophisticated enough for adult readers to enjoy, and it certainly made me laugh at loud. It's not explicitly Halloweenish either (apart from the fact that it contains vampires), so I think it'd make a great gift for any time of year.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dianne_Avid Reader on October 5, 2011
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Our 7 year old loves this halloween book. He reads it over and over. Good books for kids to read are a pleasure for them and for us.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maryland Dad on November 29, 2010
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This is a fun story with amazing art. I read it to my daughter's second-grade class, and they enjoyed it quite a bit and wanted it read twice. Be sure to look for the clues in the artwork about what might happen next.
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