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. Volume XIX Number 10. . . .November 9, 2012
Pair breathtaking story telling with brilliant visuals and you have The Big Book of Vampires. Impressive in scope, Despeyroux’s adaptations include nine vampire stories and four legends from around the world. After reading about a female vampire, learn about the vampires who were Vikings or the fox-tailed vampires from China. Although the stories are short in length (six to eight pages), they contain dramatic characters (i.e. Van Helsing and Countess Mircalla) that evoke feelings of a time long past. The grand illustrations that appear on every page reinforce the atmosphere of the story and the thoughts of the character. Special features include a die-cut bat on the cover, background information about the stories and legends and facts about the original authors (i.e. profession, date of birth and death). The use of white space, subheadings and different type size make the text accessible to reluctant readers. Expect a few creepy faces, open caskets and punctured necks, but surround them by visions of beautiful architecture and enchanting heroines.
Tanya Boudreau is a librarian at the Cold Lake Public Library in Cold Lake, AB.
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