Friday, January 29, 2010

Dracula Madness

Booklist (March 1, 2009 (Vol. 105, No. 13))
Grades 2-4. Sam is a sheepdog and a detective, but she is nothing like classic scaredy-dog Scooby-Doo. She doesn’t like having to move to a new town, worries about making friends, and loves to eat weird food combinations that her owners don’t want to give her (such as popcorn with ketchup). Her neighbor and walker, 10-year-old Jennie, can hear Sam’s thoughts, and they get along well. When Jennie takes Sam for a walk and shows her the spookiest house in town, they decide to investigate the reclusive owner, Mr. MacIver. When they see men delivering a large, long box, and they see a strange creature working in the basement, they think MacIver might be Dracula. This graphic novel is an adaptation of Labatt’s prose novel Spying on Dracula (1999). There’s just enough creepiness and suspense for younger readers, with simple yet expressive art that stays just on the lighter side of spooky. A nice choice for young mystery fans looking for graphic novel options.

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