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Dick and Jane and Vampires Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 26, 2010
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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...Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got this as a gift for a friend and she was tickled by it. It fit her likes and sense of humor perfectly!Published 6 months ago by T. Velez
What a fun book! I read Dick and Jane books in grade school (back in the Dark Ages). I bought this for my granddaughters (and maybe because I have a bit of a vampire fetish, too).Published 7 months ago by Karen Meinor
I bought this for myself, but its so awesome. The ending is, no pun intended, to die for.Published 7 months ago by Omar Syed
Best kids book. Ever. Arrived today. My six year old son absolutely loves it. We've been working on reading for a while and he's really taken to this book. Read morePublished 15 months ago by 39pandas
Perfect for our tentative reader. Fun, whimsical but very much in keeping with the Dick and Jane reader vibe.Published 16 months ago by Benjamin Slade
A fun book for your kindergartners. Nothing particularly spooky. Some second graders might like it too.Published 17 months ago by S. Morris
I bought this book to put on our hipster-cool shelf of Pride and Predjudice and Zombies (+knockoffs), but I am stopping to review only this one. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Tracy St claire
So much fun! I love how quirky this spin on the classic is. My first and fourth grader love it too. Perfect for Halloween. I'd love to find more books like this.Published 19 months ago by iKaz