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Dracula Madness (Sam & Friends #1)

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In the first book in the Sam and Friends Mystery graphic novel series, Dracula Madness, Jennie meets Samantha, the sheepdog belonging to her new next-door neighbors. No ordinary dog, Sam is a detective with a nose for sniffing out a mystery even in a small town as uneventful as Woodford. No ordinary girl, Jennie has a special connection with this dog -- Jennie can read Sam ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published February 1st 2009 (first published 1999)
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Canadian Children's Book Centre
When Jennie meets her new next door neighbour’s dog, she quickly realizes that he’s no ordinary pet: Sam’s a canine detective who has the unique ability to understand everything Jennie says. Along with eating junk food and going for walks just like every other dog, Sam is always on the hunt for new adventures. In this first installment of the Sam & Friends Mystery graphic novel series, Jennie investigates mysterious ol’McIver with the help of her friend Beth and Sam. McIver is a notorious re ...more
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
This is the first graphic novel I have ever read cover to cover. I found it was a lot of work to look at each picture to fill in the details I would normally read much faster. The pictures were in boxes just like cartoons with only the dialog for writing. I did not like it much but could really see why upper elementary students with lower reading levels flock to these books; you can get a good read that makes you think without having to read as much.

This is the story of Sam, a dog detective, who
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, lit-maybe
My first graphic novel! This bit of mystery/fiction was interesting enough to keep me reading to the end, partly because of the great graphics. The vocabulary was basic enough for young readers but I think the themes of the story would be more interesting to 3rd and 4th graders. One of the main characters' in the book, Sam (who happens to be a dog), just moved to a new town. Sam meets Jennie, a girl who is sad because her best friend just moved away. Sam is able to"talk" to her new human friend, ...more
This is apparently a crossover from the chapter book series Sam, Dog Detective. I have not read any of those so I can't make a comparison, but this story about a dog who befriends a girl who can read his thoughts is entertaining and gently told. Its plot is not complext, but the illustrations are nice and it's a quick read. Essentially, the dog and a couple of girls, Sam's neighbors, investigate the local haunted house and its eccentric resident with typical results for a book aimed at this part ...more
Kate McCartney
Jennie is sad that her best friend and next door neighbor has moved away.

Sam, the sheep dog, is not happy to have moved to a new city, in the house next door to Jennie.

Sam's owners ask Jennie to walk Sam and the two discover that Jennie can hear Sam talk. Sam likes mysteries and pulls Jennie along on her adventures.

While it seems strange that Sam's owners do not mind a the time that Sam spends at Jennies and out walking with her, this makes for acute graphic novel about friendship with slight sp
Feb 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Sam is a dog, but sort of the opposite of Scooby Doo...she loves solving mysteries, isn't afraid of ghosts or monsters, and drags her human friends into potential danger, rather than running away from it. Oh yes, she also broadcasts her thoughts, and a few people can hear her, including her new neighbor.
The story is cute and clever, but not great. I think that kids will like it.
This would be a fun read-a-like to the Buddy Files chapter books, or maybe even the Bailey School Kids series. I wish the artwork was in color, and that might turn some kids off, but it's definitely a solid story.
I like the artwork in this book, and I like Sam the dog -- she's grouchy and funny. The plot, however, left something to be desired -- it was basically a Scooby Doo plotline, only it was even less creepy. I'm not entirely surprised this one hasn't taken off at my library.
Mar 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I liked this graphic novel about a dog befriending a young girl. The discover they can communicate with each other and set out to discover the mystery surrounding a recluse in their town.
Aug 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
read for NoveList recommended reading lists; reviewing for Graphic Novel Reporter
Dec 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Spying on Dracula the Graphic Novel! Sam fans will be so happy.
Jun 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: j-animal
story/art are nothing special; about a dog who can talk to his new friend with his mind, and then he tells her to do things.
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