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Vampires of Blinsh

3.08  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  13 reviews
This witty picture book from children’s luminary Daniel Pinkwater and Aaron Renier offers an insider’s look that will make you completely abandon everything you thought you knew about vampires!
Welcome to the village of Blinsh, Pinksylvania, famous for the many vampires that call it home. With a caring look at this town not so different from our own, we hope the reader w
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 22nd 2020 by Harry N. Abrams (first published 2020)
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Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Honestly, this was such a weird picture book and I am not sure who the intended audience was. It was all over the place, there wasn't a "story", and the commentary that was meant to be funny fell flat. I did feel as though the illustrations matched the feel for the book so...there was that. This just wasn't for me. ...more
Phil Jensen
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Weird and fun!

Pinkwater describes a town that is populated mainly (but not entirely) by vampires. He provides information about the culture and lifestyle of this town, in the style of a nonfiction travel documentary. I especially enjoyed the deadpan descriptions of terrible donuts.

I also got a kick out of various Pinkwater easter eggs, such as the car from Author's Day.

I see from other reviews that many people are not on board with this weird book. That probably explains why I, an avid Pinkwater
Chance Lee
Dec 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-it
I like Daniel Pinkwater, but this book overwhelmed me.
Adrian Campbell
Mar 07, 2021 rated it it was ok
I would be hard pressed to guess which audience this is for.
I can't rate this. I just don't get it. Is it a tour of Pinksylvania? Not really, as it focuses on Blinsh, briefly gets into Blonsh, and then offers up one page on Farshningle. It's not a consistent review of any of these towns at all. Is it a treatise on vampires? Not really, as it only mentions Herman, who casually bites Jonas and then brings the police force questionable donuts. There is mention of some flying and some turning into bats and the way the vampires coexist with the non-vampires. ...more
This was such a hilarious and fun book to read! This book is about a town full of vampires and their daily life. Both vampires and non-vampires live together in the town of Blinsh in the county of Pinksylvania. It's dark colors and detailed illustrations remind me of the "search and finds" I used to read as a kid and I think this is a great book to read aloud during Halloween-time. It's extremely diverse and full of great worldbuilding given that it's a picture book. A super fun take on what vam ...more
Dec 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture, vampires
This is written by Daniel Pinkwater so I knew to expect a unique experience. I have no idea what this "story" was about. It doesn't really have a plot; just vampires traveling within Pinksylvania. Lots to look at in the illustrations created by Aaron Renier. I liked the homage to Discworld with the Tortuga gas sign. ...more
Dan Blackley
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
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Alison N
Nov 16, 2020 rated it liked it
An whimsical look at a... state? Region? Country? ... that's home to both humans and vampires. Very detailed drawings show a vibrant community. Not much in the way of plot, but still, an interesting idea. ...more
Feb 11, 2021 rated it liked it
As a kid who liked weird, spooky, and bizarre books, I'm sure I would have enjoyed this in elementary school. It definitely caters to a certain sense of humor, and if that's not your thing, VAMPIRES is likely to fall flat. ...more
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Richard Scarry but vampires.
Syntha Green
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
The text seemed a bit disjointed
This picture book is now available for loan in the SEC at Harcourt Hill Library.
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Daniel Manus Pinkwater is an author of mostly children's books and is an occasional commentator on National Public Radio. He attended Bard College. Well-known books include Lizard Music, The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, Fat Men from Space, Borgel, and the picture book The Big Orange Splot. Pinkwater has also illustrated many of his books in the past, although for more recent works that ...more

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