Vampire Vacation

by Laura Lavoie (Author) Micah Player (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Fang isn't like the other vampires. Will he be able to make his dreams of a beach vacation come true?

The last thing Fang wants is another vacation in Transylvania. He's toured Dracula's castle and the coffin museum enough for an eternal lifetime. Why can't he spend the summer swimming and surfing like his other friends? When his parents refuse, Fang decides to convince them that fun at the beach is possible, even for a family of vampires.

Laura Lavoie's clever text and Micah Player's devilishly fun illustrations are the perfect pairing for this hilarious picture book that captures the joy of having new adventures and staying true to yourself.

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Publishers Weekly

Young Fang is fed up with the vampire same old same old: when everyone else is wearing black, pale-skinned Fang wears bright colors, including a cape with a Hawaiian shirt print. But Mama and Papa are planning yet "another" family vacation to Transylvania ("We'll tour Dracula's castle, visit the House of No Mirrors, dine at a five-star blood bank," says Papa), and Fang is determined to change their minds. A persuasion campaign begins in favor of a beach vacation, giving Player (Not Enough Lollipops) opportunity for some animation-style digital cartooning: Fang enlists his largely fantastically hued siblings in a beach fashion show and turns Papa's Man Cave into an approximation of a beach using a wading pool, graveyard dirt, and a pet bat powdered white to resemble a seagull. But while Mama and Papa may be stuck in a vampire rut, Lavoie, making her debut, makes it clear that they're not monsters at heart; they see how much the beach means to their son, and a few pages later, Fang is predictably hanging ten on a coffin-shaped surf board. The characters may be undead, but this telling is jovially slice-of-life. Ages 3-7. Author's agent: James McGowan, BookEnds. Illustrator's agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words. (May)

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Laura Lavoie
Laura Lavoie lives in Upstate New York with her fang-tastic husband and daughters, two irritable cats, and several sagging bookshelves. Vampire Vacation is her debut.

Micah Player studied graphic design at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He believes in the power of visual stories to connect people. Micah and his family live in a little house beneath a big tree in the mountains of Utah.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication date
May 20, 2022
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV051000 - Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
JUV013000 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | General
Library of Congress categories

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