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Frankie D, Vegan Vampire

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A charming and surprisingly funny early chapter book featuring the adventures of Frankie and his family of vampires, as they try to figure out "human" life (going to the beach? bring SPF 500!). It's well-written with short, snappy chapters...made me remember being this age and the excitement of finally getting to read books with chapters. The story itself is clever and heartwarming without being sappy. I quite like the accompanying illustrations as well. The whole book reminded me a little of the Amelia Bedelia books...not so much wordplay, but the same fun, silly tone. My favorite part of this book is how it shows that love and caring can exist in any family, even an unconventional family (like vampires).

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this eARC for unbiased review. This review will be cross-posted to my social media accounts closer to the book release date.

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This was a cute book. I think that the character of Frankie exploring a "new world" in terms of coming to live with the humans is a great way to help kids who may be starting a new school or moving to a new area the ways in which one can make friends and navigate "new" things in their world. My only real issue for this book is that Frankie is supposed to be in fourth grade but it felt like this book read younger. I do think there are many kids who could like this book.

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Cutest art work I thought it was a little kid story not a chapter book. But it was a pleasant surprise. Fun and cute story.

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I really liked the book.
The family and their different personalities make the book, and their problems adapting to the human world make it something we can all relate to a little.
It was an easy and fun read, full of adventures, which made the book super interesting.

It's quite good for reading a few chapters at night to children, or for them to start reading themselves because they are small chapters accompanied by illustrations, that are fantastic and give the essence to the characters and their daily lives, and this will give them some motivation.

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What a nice story! Very amusing, I enjoyed it and think kids will like this as well!
I really liked it how Frankie and his family are trying to find their way in the human world as vegan vampires. But things aren't always easy.

Aunt Ethel, a multi langues speaking parrot, is briljant!

The drawings and use of color for me is perfect. It has that vampire-vibe.

And let's talk about the end, without spoiling anything, did anyone expected this to happen? Well I didn't! I thought it would be a round story, but I like the idea of other books about Vegan Vampire Frankie D!

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What an adorable novel!
In this we follow Frankie D, a vegetarian vampire who wants to be a normal boy! His family moves from Transylvania to live a normal life with his family and starting at a new school.
I think the way the vampire attributes can easily be explained by human activities was so adorable and the father reminded me of Gomez Addams so badly it was one of my favorite parts!

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Frankie D. Vegan Vampire is a reasonably cute early chapter book that probably has the best chance for an audience in the month of October. The basic theme is "new kid makes friends." Frankie's offbeat family members provide some moments of levity, his energetic little brothers were particularly amusing. Overall, the story didn't bring enough originality or charm for me to widely recommend it. The vegan angle - many dishes are specifically described - seemed to be more about gaining converts than driving plot. Many thanks to #NetGalley for providing an advance reading copy of the book.

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I tried so hard to finish this book but I got to page 50 and there was just no plot. I had no interest in Frankie or his first time at school. The illustrations were cute and it's an interesting concept. Could see kid appeal for the ones getting into monsters.

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What happens when a vampire family decides to become vegan, move across the world, and live under the sun instead of the moon? Frankie D and his family are about to find out! This new early chapter book is the first in a series starring the adorable relatives of Count Dracula. Frankie D, his two younger twin brothers, his mother and his father move from Transylvania to start fresh in America. They must adhere to a strictly no-blood diet and adjust their sleeping to be at night like the humans around them. The fourth-grade Frankie D must learn to keep his vampire identity secrete and still make human friends.

My child loved the black and white illustrations that are just creepy enough to be delightful. The story is the perfect mix of humor and open kindness towards others, who may be very different than what they first appear like. My child also really liked how honest Frankie D was about his feelings, and as a second grader he is dealing with a lot of his own emotions. This story shows early readers the importance of friendship, family and handling bullies with adaptability and empathy. Everyone has their secretes. Will Frankie D get to keep his?

I will most definitely be buying this once it is published, and look forward to the next in the series.

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Thanks to Kids Can Press and NetGalley for the chance to read this book. Frankie and his family have made a big move to a new town (new country!) and try to blend in with the locals. Frankie has a lot to learn about friendship, a new town, a new schedule, and most importantly, what being vegan means to vampires. This was a very cute story that I think kids will enjoy!

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Follow Frankie D through his life as a vegan, yes vegan vampire. As you can imagine this story isn't as dark and deary as some vamp tales but it does deal with some pretty scary things that kids go through. Such as moving to a new home, starting a new school, changing their diets. Change is scary, but change can also be good! My 9 year old thoroughly enjoyed following Frankie from Transylvania to America. He laughed at the wit. He awh'ed at the fun illustrations. He read the whole thing. And for that. I'm calling this win!

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First of all a big thank you to Kids Can Press and Netgalley for allowing me to read and write an honest review about the book.

Frankie D is a little vampire boy. He and his parents, two younger twin brothers and Auntie (parrot) move to America from Transylvania. They have to adjust to their new lifestyle, change their diet to veganism and learn to live during the day time. Frankie goes to a regular school and makes friends with humans in his class.

The whole book is super cute and funny. It’s about a child’s discovery of how to make friends and deal with everyday things a child would encounter moving to a new place and going to a new school (with a twist of course). I adore this book and think it is perfect for all the small children out there.

Once it gets published I will definitely buy it for my two little ones to read to. I cannot wait for the next books in the series.

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Brilliant! I loved everything about the first book in this new series. The illustrations are fab and the story is really funny. I particularly liked the chapter titles too. Each chapter could almost stand alone as a short story, which is great for children who struggle to retain what has gone on in earlier chapters. The story has nice messages about acceptance and thongs not always being what they seem and I can already think of several children who will love this book once I can add it to my collection at school.

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This was cute! I love the idea of making a character that has been villainized (or sexualized) into a friendly neighborhood family doing their best to be very sweet. The illustrations and varying formats of text will be helpful for younger readers and reluctant readers alike.

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A sweet, very funny story about making friends across (some) differences and trying to fit in. The illustrations were lovely as well, visually complementing the book with a dark, charming Addams family-type atmosphere.

However, it didn’t really get what I came to the book for - having “vegan” in the title I would have at least hoped for some development of this idea. The book only considers veganism as a plant based diet and, while the parrot & wolf of the vampire family are just as important as the vampires, generally themes regarding veganism (as a philosophy against animal exploitation) are not explored at all, which is a great pity. Besides this missing - essential - concept, the book is adorable and I actually laughed out loud a few times.

Ps. Maybe another hit and miss were the references of Transylvania, which were not explored either. Also, it was somehow implied that it is always night there?! I mean here - we do have the sun in Romania. But oh well, it is a short book and it might improve in the next installments!

Thanks to NetGalley & Kids Can Press for the E-arc!

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Oh my GOODNESS, this book was so cute and had such a great message. We loved all the fun illustrations too! Absolutely adorable and I will be buying a copy.!

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I think I'm going to buy a copy for when I have kids. This is such a cute story, detailing a little vampire child moving to the US, and learning how to adjust to a new life and school.

What I really loved about it was the lessons in empathy for others and the acceptance of yourself. Frankie went out of his way to uplift his new friends (with such bright optimism), and to not give into first impressions of people.

I think this is a really beautiful book that will both teach valuable lessons to kids about interpersonal skills and make them laugh and have fun.

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—Thank you so much to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the chance to review an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Frankie is everything to me. I’d protect him with all my heart. He is the sweetest!
Such a fun read, children would love it but also good for adults too.

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Thank you to NetGalley for this advanced copy of Frankie D, Vegan Vampire. As a teacher, I’m always on the hunt for books that will not only keep my students attention, but has lessons intertwined that they can relate to. Frankie is a vampire from Transylvania, who doesn’t quite fit into the “typical” mold of a fourth grade boy. This novel tackles topics of feeling different, tolerance, kindness, and self-acceptance to name just a few. I absolutely loved the illustrations, and am looking forward to sharing this novel with my class!

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Frankie D, Vegan Vampire
by S. B. Dutra
Frankie D, not only looks at differences in perception, but also ways that children can see the good in people. The Book is more lighthearted then its subject mater. With many comical and interesting descriptions that will help children connect to the text. The book also shows how to make friends, help friends, and even face bullies.
This is a good resource for school libraries allowing discussions in problem solving, understanding perceptions, and immigration.

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