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Dick and Jane and Vampires by Laura Marchesani
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Aug 08, 12

bookshelves: 2012-book-challenge-160-books, picture-books, sci-fi-fantasy
Read in August, 2012

Ok -- I was taught to read using Dick and Jane. I thought they were silly, but I got exactly the right instruction for my learning style...still don't really 'get' phonics. So, I approached this book with some real fondness...

The vampire appears randomly on the pages as Dick and Jane and Sally and Spot go through their day. For a few pages, I thought only Sally could see the vampire, but i don't think that was the author/illustrator's plan.

So, then the joke becomes reading the 'real' text and pictures to find the addition of the bat, the cape, the's almost a 'Where's Waldo' approach.

You can see the family begin to accept the Vampire and enfold him into their very very boring life. New clothes are created for everyone, the milkman delivers a bottle of what one can only assume is O+ blood, and...well, I won't tell you the rest.

Nostalgic for me, silly, gentle (even with the Vampire!) fun.

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Michael Glad you enjoyed it. It will be one of the books I put on my shelf and my students read during Sustained Silent Reading time (don't ask). We all need a good retro laugh once in a while.

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