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Dick and Jane and Vampires Hardcover – August 26, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Series: Dick and Jane
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; First Edition edition (August 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448455684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448455686
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Good primer for young children.
Ronald Nelson
The book reminds me very much of Shrek - perfectly appropriate for children, yet still quite funny for adults.
Lauren G
The words are easy and repetitive and the pictures are colorful and relative to the words.
L. Fenstermacher

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By TheRustyKey on December 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Dick and Jane books go back to the 1930s, a series of innocent romps and mini-adventures with pink gingham middle sister Jane, perfectly coiffed big brother Dick, blonde ringlet toddler Sally and their lovable dog Spot. Mother wears an apron and cooks well-balanced meals, Father reads his newspaper, and the milkman never misses a delivery. The children jump rope and take immense delight in seeing Spot run. It's all very delightfully Pleasantville. Best of all, the books are wonderfully designed as educational tools for early readers, full of repeated, monosyllabic words in short, simple sentences.

As a child in the 80s, I grew up learning to read with Fun with Dick and Jane, which was undoubtedly a nostalgia trip for my mother next to me, coaxing me through the syllables, who grew up reading the books herself in the 50s. Given the current literary obsession with mash-up novels like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I suppose it shouldn't come as a shock that this classic children's Learn-to-Read series should reinvent itself with the sassy new addition Dick and Jane and Vampires. But having read it, I still couldn't be more shocked.

The element that is most startling (which both makes the book work like a charm and makes it impossible to pick an audience for) is its absolute authenticity to the originals, down to the dimpled illustrations. The siblings sit down for an afternoon of arts and crafts ("See Jane make something red. See Dick make something blue.")... but a mysterious bat flies in the window and destroys their artwork. They play Hide and Seek ("Look and see. Where is Sally? Look, Jane, look. Look, Dick, look.")... but there is a vampire hiding under the bed when they lift the ruffled divan. The mailman comes, as always, with bottles of milk for the whole family...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Den on October 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Many of us read Dick and Jane when we were early readers. Nice illustrations, but fairly dull, even for little kids.

It's amazing what adding a vampire can do.

The wonderfully subtle humor in this likely to amuse nostalgic parents, but it's also a wonderful book for early readers. My son is just learning to read, and so far, he's never read a book without being asked to. Until we gave him Dick and Jane and Vampires this morning. He sat there and read the first 55 pages out loud to me this morning, and asked if we can read the next section tonight.

Now, my kid has a relatively advanced sense of humor for his age, and some kids might wonder "Why is it funny that Sally is scared by the vampire under her bed, but the other kids don't see it and don't believe her?"

The book is cute, not scary, and because it's still at the reading level of the original Dick and Jane books, it might be just the thing to get a young reader to practice on his or her own.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on August 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Dick and Jane are surprised to see a bat. Over time, the bat is comfortable with Dick and Jane, their parents and their baby sister Sally. He shapeshifts into a Vampire and becomes friends with Dick and Jane. Soon he is playing with them and welcomed by the rest of family though dad is a bite or two concerned that he may have a cape wearing rival. Eventually the milkman delivers bottles of blood along with milk.

Broken into three short stories with illustrations, this is a lighthearted romp that early elementary school children and older readers who grew up on Dick and Jane will enjoy. Each tale is further broken into short shorts so that the younger readers can take breaks. Although I think a child vampire instead of an adult would be more apropos especially playing with the children, the targeted audience to include nostalgic boomers and the older Gen X will enjoy Dick and Jane making new friends summed up: "See Dick Play. See Jane Play. See Dick and Jane Play with a vampire!"

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sharon manter on April 6, 2014
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Its basically the same old Dick and Jane, with a cute vintage vampire and bats added into the pictures. My four year old son LOVES it! The stories are mostly the more advanced Dick and Jane stories. He loves anything involving Halloween and scary stuff, so I bought to encourage him to try and work on his more basic reading with very simple Dick and Jane stories
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By killer bunny on May 29, 2013
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received this as a gift because, as parents, we are perceived as slightly "odd"...have bought several copies since as gifts for our friends with small children, because they are also slightly odd
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By That Teacher Guy on May 23, 2011
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Bought this book based on the other reviews, especially the ones that say it's terrible for children, or too scary. There's nothing I can say that hasn't already been written by someone else.

This book is just perfect, follows the style of the real Dick & Jane, and the Vampire is a great addition. My son LOVES this book.
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By Lauren G VINE VOICE on November 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
When we got Dick and Jane and Vampires in at my office, no one asked "Why did they do this?" Instead, we asked "Why didn't they do this SOONER?"

Sure, the literary mash-up has been done (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters), and the vampire trend is almost overwhelming (Twilight, True Blood, Vampire Diaries), but for some reason, this book just makes sense.

The premise is simple - it's a regular Dick and Jane book, only with a twist - the kids meet a vampire. It starts with the three kids (Dick, Jane and Sally) playing outside when the see a bat. Soon, they become comfortable with the bat, and learn that the bat is, in fact, a vampire. The family (with the exception of Father, who seems to be missing most of the book) befriends the vampire, and he engages in their daily antics. (The vampire dressed in women's clothes when Mother sews is priceless. And him jumping rope is amazing.)

The text is similar ("See Jane. See Jane go. See Jane go fast."), only with added surprises ("See the funny little baby. Vampire is my baby. Vampire is my funny little baby.") Most impressively, the pictures are the same as well. After Marchesani finished the text, illustrator Tommy Hunt picked out original Dick and Jane images to use in the book. He then added the vampire in, in the same style so no one would know any different. Some images are completely new, while others are simply re-touched. In essence, it's the same kids book, only with a new supernatural element. I must say, the writing was dead on and the images were amazing.

The book reminds me very much of Shrek - perfectly appropriate for children, yet still quite funny for adults. Why does Vampire want to hang out with children? And why is he hiding under Sally's bed?
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