After a lot of thought, I've decided to take a break from blogging for the foreseeable future. With my little C creeping its way back into my life and possible long term treatment now, I need to take a couple of things off my plate for the time being, and the blog is going to be one of those things. As it is, it felt like it was becoming more of a chore than anything else. I need my reading time to be more enjoyable right now, more of the escape that I really need, and what I don't need is the little voice in the back of my head telling me how many reviews I'm behind and trying to come up with what I need to say about the book.

I simply want to read.

I'll more than likely occasionally post on here what I've been reading, and if there is something that really blows my mind, I'll probably have more to say about it and may write up a proper post, but for right now, things are going to be very quiet around here.

As always, happy reading!
2017 edit
I will continue to blog according to my health and ability, and connecting my posts thru Goodreads, so please be patient if things get quiet around here again this year.

2017 edit #2
I am happy to report that my bone marrow transplant was a success and that I'm feeling more like myself everyday. That said, I'm going to try to start blogging a little more frequently, but please bare with me as I still continue to recover.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

75. Dick and Jane and Vampires by Laura Marchesani, illustrated by Tommy Hunt



Title: Dick and Jane and Vampires
Authors: Laura Marchesani, illustrated by Tommy Hunt
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9780448455686
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
Author Website: N/A
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Finished: 8-27-10
Challenge: 100 Books 10, 1010 Challenge (Fantasy (?) category)

From Amazon:
When innocent Dick and Jane meet a creepy, cape-wearing vampire, the unexpected happens: he becomes their friend! Dick and Jane and Vampires borrows from the classic stories and art we all know and love, but adds an of-the-moment twist: a vampire, illustrated in the classic Dick and Jane style.

Looking for your next great dose of the supernatural? Thinking Twilight? Forget it. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? Nope. No, what you need is a good, old-fashioned selection. Something like Dick and Jane and Vampires.

...Wait, what?

Yeah, that was my first thought, too, when I saw the solicit for this book on ShelfAwareness. I also knew at that moment that this was a book that I was just going to have to own. And I was right. It reads exactly like a Dick and Jane, but it's not. It's one of the more clever literary mash-ups that I've seen recently.

Dick and Jane discover a bat one day. The bat never stays around for very long, but starts to become bolder and bolder in its attempts to interact with the children, and eventually reveals itself to be a vampire! Dick and Jane and family and the vampire grow more and more comfortable with each other, and even become friends. While this was not the ending that I was expecting (to be honest, I really was anticipating something more malicious with the children becoming vampires themselves), I still found the story quite funny. The writing is spot-on for a Dick and Jane, and you would have thought the illustrations were actual originals from the time, if not for the inclusion of the vampire. All around, a very clever and totally tongue in cheek little volume that is perfectly presented and doesn't take itself too seriously.

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