________________ CM . . . . Volume XIII Number 6 . . . . November 10, 2006

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Dracula’s Daughter. (Yellow Bananas). 

Mary Hoffman. Illustrated by Chris Riddell.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2006.
48 pp., pbk. & cl., $7.16 (pbk.), $18.36 (RLB).
ISBN 0-7787-1000-9 (pbk.), ISBN 0-7787-0954-X (RLB). 

Subject Headings:
Dracula, Count (Fictitious character)-Juvenile fiction.
Halloween-Juvenile fiction.
 
Grades 3-5 / Ages 8-10.
 
Review by Rosemary Hollett. 

**** /4 

Dracula’s Daughter is a delightful book, one sure to warm the hearts of readers young and old. It is the story of an adorable baby girl adopted by a loving couple. A perfectly normal family’s life changes ghoulishly when Angela’s new teeth grow as sharp and pointed as thorns and she develops an unnatural fondness for red meats. 

    She loved hamburgers, pork chops, roasts, and steaks if she could get them. She would happily eat the kinds of meat that other children didn’t enjoy, like liver and kidney. 

     When the Battys discover that Angela is indeed a vampire, the family adjusts well to this newest development. 

     “If she is a vampire,” said Mrs. Batty, which was a thing she never talked about except to Mr. Batty, “at least if she stays with us she will be a nice well brought up vampire, who brushes her teeth after every meal.” 

     When Angela’s evil birth father unexpectedly appears at her Halloween birthday party, the horror and humor knows no bounds. 

     Author Mary Hoffman is adept at establishing character and place, but it is her ability to create suspense that had my audience on the edge of their seats. As well, illustrator Chris Riddell does a terrific job with the vibrant cartoon-like illustrations. Together Hoffman and Riddell bring the story to life. 

     “Yellow Bananas” are captivating chapter books designed for young readers making the transition from storybooks to text-based books. Each book features short chapters, engaging full-color illustrations, and a strong story about interesting characters. 

     As independent readers, my volunteers found this story a pleasure to read. It works well as a read-aloud also, fast paced enough to hold most listeners interest. Enjoy at Halloween or anytime!!  

Highly Recommended. 

Rosemary Hollett is the librarian at St. Emile School in Winnipeg, MB. 

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