DICK AND JANE AND VAMPIRES by Laura Marchesani (Grosset and Dunlap 2010) is a spot on parody of the old basal readers from my childhood. How I hated those vapid books. I would sit and read ahead, often then losing my place when it was time for me to read a whole sentence in round robin reading class. If this had been the story, perhaps my young mind would have paid more attention. The usual cast of characters is here: Dick, Jane, Sally, Spot, Mother. One addition: first a bat and then bat morphs into vampire. Sally dresses vampire up as a baby and takes him for a ride in her baby buggy. Dick and Jane even find a lady vampire for their new friend. Note: if you did not learn to read courtesy of the basal readers, this will not seem nearly as funny as it does for those of us who remember the "books".
Off to talk to Humble ISD librarians this morning about new books. Taking some SPEAKLOUDLY buttons along, too. If you want one, send me an SASE to:
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