- TITLE: Vampire Baby
- WRITTEN BY: Kelly Bennett
- ILLUSTRATED BY: Paul Meisel
- PAGES: 30
- ISBN: 9780763646912
- Available on Amazon, here.
Addison and I recently grabbed a ton of Halloween and Fall books, and I just knew this one would be perfect to share. First of all, I had a bit of a suspicion about what “vampire baby” might mean based on the adorable little baby on the cover, and I was definitely correct. I absolutely love the typeface, I think it’s so indicative of the theme of the book, and it’s nice to find a darker children’s book (don’t get me wrong, color is great too, but I like dark covers!). The end papers are hilarious – spoiler alert – they are bats. I also like the fact that this book is long and has some meat to it, I knew this wasn’t a book we’d finish quickly which makes it great for a little quiet time activity. We were both ready to jump in immediately.
Super Speedy Summary
Told from the perspective of her older brother, Tootie (a little baby girl) wakes up with her canine teeth having cut through – causing her brother to believe she is a Vampire Baby. He talks about all the things Tootie now chews on and how she always lures him in with her sweet smile, only to bite him. He tries to tell his parents that Tootie is a vampire, but they won’t believe him. Eventually, he visits the store with his mother and sister and tries to pawn Tootie off on a family who is dressed as vampires. They think she is just darling, but Tootie ends up biting their son. The son is unhappy and yells at Tootie, but her big brother comes to the rescue to defend her. In the end, the boy is happy to have his sister. She “may be a vampire baby, but she’s my vampire baby”. *melts*
The main reason I picked this book up in the first place was because I had an inkling that the topic of the story would be on teething or new baby teeth. I know far too well the struggles that come along with children growing new teeth. My dear Addison did not cut a single tooth – not a SINGLE one – until she was almost 9 months old. I’m guessing you know what that means, now that they are coming…it’s all at once. At the time I’m writing this post, for example, she has 4 teeth cutting through all. at the same. time. It’s crazy. She never got the “vampire” look (as the doctor in the book said, that is most curious) but she definitely seems like she’s out for blood. Chewing on everything, testing out her teeth. There have been so many moments where I’ve echoed the language of the young boy in the book “AJ, no bite!”. It’s funny how with new teeth comes a desire to test them out on everything and anything, even mommy’s arm or shoes (why, I’m not quite sure). I totally resonated with this book on so many levels because of this, and I think had I read this book in a couple years it wouldn’t have quite had the same effect on us. We giggled a lot thinking about Addison as a little vampire of our own. I have to say, it’s been one of the more enjoyable Halloween related books we’ve picked up for this season.
Another hilarious moment, yet quick moment in the book was when the brother noted that his sister never slept at night so she MUST be a vampire. As a mother of a young child who is teething…sleeping throughout the night is a rarity! This moment alone made this book laugh out loud funny and relatable.
All joking aside, this book really touches on some beautiful lessons in family values and sticking together through tough times. I myself have 5 younger siblings, so I completely relate to the feelings and frustrations the older brother has throughout this story. Throughout their developmental stages I had questions about what it all meant, though I don’t think I ever suspected any one of them to be from another world – although, my 3 brothers do look like triplets even being 2 years apart so I absolutely thought that was odd. One thing that really sticks out to me though is that, even when he was frustrated with his sister for her odd behavior and for biting him, he was the first one to stick up for her when she was being bullied. That’s the beauty of the older sibling, we get to be the saviors, we get to be the one that steps in and says, hey we might bicker, yes, but they’re mine.
We are so far away from family right now, that reading any book about family values really tugs on my heartstrings. After reading this book, I want nothing more than to get all my brothers and sisters together for a big gigantic group hug and tell them that their big sis always has their back, through thick and thin!
Big sisters and brothers always have your back. Also, teething is hard!
This was a solid story, and while definitely applicable to Halloween, it absolutely extends beyond the confines of the season to be read any time of the year – especially when teething is the reality of your life. We tested this book out from the library and we’ll definitely be adding it to Addison’s little library. It earned 4 1/2 stars!
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