Candlewick Press - 2013
Vampire Baby is a cute book for Halloween, but it will probably be even more appealing to parents because it deals with sibling rivalry.
In this story, Big Brother tries to convince mom and dad that little sister, Tootie, is no ordinary baby. Almost overnight she has grown some teeth new teeth that look like FANGS. She also seems quite happy biting what ever crosses her path. Sometimes it is furniture, her brother's baseball mitt, sometimes it is even brother!
Mom does not seem any too concerned about this, even though big brother continues to make his case. He notices that sister's forehead and hairline seem to look a bit like a vampires, and she even has trouble sleeping at night -- the time when vampires are awake. Why won't anyone listen to big brother? He even thinks she might do better with a new family, but of course that never happens.
The story is cute and the illustrations are a treat. The colorful watercolor and pen and ink style, used by illustrator Paul Meisel is appealing. I think the story deals with an important subject in a fun way This would be a fun story to read to children when a new baby joins the family, or just a fun book to teach young ones that "biting" hurts and is unacceptable.
I think this would be a good book for libraries to add to their collection as well.
(thanks to Candlewick Press for sending me this book)