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Darren Pillsbury
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Book Description

When ten-year-old Peter moves into his grandfather’s creepy old mansion in a small town, bad, baaaaad things start to happen.

A family of charred boogeymen who haunt the garden decide they don't like trespassers...

A classmate with a crush comes back from the grave and decides to make Peter her Undead Prince Charming...

A creature from Fairieland changes place with Peter's two-year-old sister, leading to a VERY strange babysitting job...

A prehistoric predator snatches children from the town lake, forcing Peter to literally dive into the belly of the beast...

With his troublemaking neighbor Dill, his grumpy grandfather, and only his courage and wit to guide him, Peter has to survive all these things, plus the Greatest Horror Of All:

Fourth grade.

Volume One includes the following stories:

Peter And The Dead Men (Story #1)
Peter And The Vampires (Story #2)
Peter And The Changeling (Story #3)
Peter And The Swamp Monster (Story #4)

Other books in the PETER AND THE MONSTERS series:

Peter And The Werewolves (Volume Two)
Peter And The Frankenstein (Volume Three)
Peter And The Helpers (Story #14)
Peter And The Mummy (Story #15)
Peter And The Grownups (Story #16)
Peter And The Boogeymen (Story #17)
Peter And The Crazies (Story #18)

“I loved reading this book. It's got everything you could want, lovely, lovely characters, humor, great writing, some dead things that go bump in the night… It's been a long, long while since I've had this much fun reading a novel; I felt like a kid, and I loved every minute of it.” – L.E. Olteano – Butterfly-o-meter Books

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  • File Size: 666 KB
  • Print Length: 517 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZQRLS4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,958 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for ages 13 and under. July 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
My mom received a complimentary copy of this book to read and review and she asked me if I would like to do it for her. I really was not interested in reading it because I thought it was for preteens. When I didn't have anything else to read, I decided to give it a try. I didn't really expect it to be as good as it was. Nine and a half year old Peter, his mom, and two year old sister, Beth, have to move in with their mom's dad because she lost her job. To make the situation worse is the creepy grandfather. Even Beth finds him scary/creepy. Peter and his neighbor, Dill, get into a LOT of trouble in this book. In the first story, they have thirteen dead men trying to kill them and luckily Peter's grandfather helps them find a way to re-kill them. In the second story, a girl that has a HUGE crush on Peter turns into a vampire and starts trying to find a way to get Peter to let her bite him. In the third story, Beth gets exchanged for a changeling (faerie or troll baby) and Peter and Dill have to find a way to get Beth back without having to go into faerie world. The last story, fourth, is about a swamp monster that attacks two boys and Peter and Dill try to find a way to rescue them before the swamp monster eats them. Over-all it was a REALLY good book, but I would advice parents to not let kids under the age of thirteen read this book because there is some profanity and there are some "scary" situations. I think that this would be a good story for even adults to read.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent New Series June 15, 2011
By Just Me
Format:Kindle Edition
I was not sure what to expect by this book so I opened it with an open mind. I was hooked by page 2! Peter and the Vampires is truly a delightful book with lovable young boys as our main characters. Add to that a creepy grandfather, a huge house where strange things happen and a two year old little sister who wears a bathing suit every day OVER her clothes!

Dill and our hero Peter find adventures and is some circumstances adventures find them. I loved this book. It was creepy, mysterious and laugh out loud funny. I enjoyed Peter but his buddy Dill was hands down my favorite. When Dill gets scared he "maybe" pees his pants, "just a little" and while most of us would keep that tidbit to ourselves, Dill always tells Peter. The exchanges that follow that are hilarious!

I was very curious about the grandfather. He has his own story that unfolds slowly and made me read as fast as I could and turn the pages so I could find out. Dill is scared to death of grandfather and grandfather is none to fond of him either since there was an incident with Dill blowing up some watermelons in the grandfather's garden. The interaction between those two is a lot of fun.

My favorite part of the book besides Dill was the vampire schoolgirl with a crush on Peter. I felt sorry for her at times and wanted to kick her butt at other times. There was nothing funny about her to Peter who had to fend her off but since he's such a nice guy really didn't want to hurt her. Good thing he has back-up in Dill and grandfather!

This is a Young Adult book but trust me, adults will enjoy it just as much, maybe even more. Normally I don't read or enjoy YA but I devoured this and want more! Highly recommended.

Full Disclosure: Provided free from the author for a review
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! May 27, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great start to a great series. As an adult I really enjoy reading these books, even with the young protagonist. Definitely recommend buying and reading, and sharing with a friend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warning as you will fall for Peter and Dill. June 12, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Peter Normal, his sister, Beth and their mom are moving. Peter's mom lost her job. They move in with Peter's grandfather. Peter's grandfather is crazy and there is nothing to do here. His grandfather owns no television and makes him go to bed early. Luckily for Peter, he meets Dill. Peter's grandfather warns Peter not to go into the garden. There is a reason for it. It is late at night and Dill and Peter go wandering down in to the garden. They can not help themselves. They are ten year old boys. There they meet something that scares the wits out of them. Now they know why Peter's grandfather warned Peter not to go into the garden. It is not long after that Peter and Dill start noticing strange things happening in town and to some of the people.

Peter and the Vampires by Darren Pillsbury is the first book in this series that features young, Peter. This series is geared towards younger readers but even teens and adults can get into this series. Warning as you will fall for Peter and Dill. What I liked is that some series that are written for younger readers are written at a level that is sometimes dumbed down. The part that I liked the most was that Peter and Dill acted their ages. The vampires were scary but not gory. This book is a quick read for a full length novel. This book ends on a cliff hanger moment. If you want to know what happens next, than you will have to check out Peter and the Werewolves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vampires for the tweens October 6, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book for free from BookRooster for a review.

This is a perfect book for those kids who really can't interested in anything. It has adventure and humor and an annoying younger sister that will make any kid glad to have the siblings they do. While it might be a bit longer than a 10 year old may want to read, the story is engaging and memorable. It is impossible not to like Peter, find his sister annoying, want to know more about what goes on with his Grandfather, and to laugh at Dill. I read each section of the book as a short story of its own and had no trouble remembering the earlier adventures. Peter's life in Duskerville is anything but quiet during his first few weeks, but Peter is a quiet hero who gets the job done, even if it is a messy and gross job.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Big, big thumbs-up
One of the best juvenile series I have read. Well-written and fun, with distinctive characters, playful plots and good, solid writing style.
Published 6 days ago by M. McCann
5.0 out of 5 stars I pick something like Peter And The Vampires although obviously
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Published 9 days ago by Zenaida Crespo
4.0 out of 5 stars Though obviously "targeted" for a middle school reader, I ...
Though obviously "targeted" for a middle school reader, I found the series of stories, quite interesting. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it, very entertaining!
While this was probably written for a younger audience than me, I'm an avid reader. I will download and try any free Kindle Top 100 best seller book, and this was well-reviewed. Read more
Published 16 days ago by M. Zimmerman
4.0 out of 5 stars OK, so I admit that I'm a little embarrassed
that I didn't notice that this was a children's book before I downloaded it. I don't mind reading YA' s, but as an adult I don't have an interest in young literature. Read more
Published 3 months ago by jcat
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly entertaining short stories for both teenagers and adults
I have greatly enjoyed reading the four short stories contained within this book. I would say this series is my favourite since Harry Potter (out of those targeting a young... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jasmine
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and scary
I was in a fickle mood one day and took a chance on Peter and the Vampires. This is a really fun, entertaining and clever middle grade book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lizzie
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun scary tales, but not without problems
This collects the first four installments of the "Peter and the Monsters" series. Although I liked some more than others, I found them collectively to be a quite good set... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Alysa H.
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 Year old boys
Enjoyed seeing the workings of 10 year old boys thought process. After raising boys the dialog was spot on. The story is lively and holds your interest.
Published 5 months ago by linda
5.0 out of 5 stars arielle rodriguez
i love this book and it is a cool book, im going to get volume 2 and 3 soon thanks you
Published 5 months ago by Arielle Rodriguez
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