Baby Vampire, Gulp!

Baby Vampire, Gulp!
Review by Martha Topol, submitted on 1-Mar-2000

PAPINEAU, Lucie. Baby Vampire, Gulp! illus. by Pascale Constantin. ISBN 1-894363-21-3. LC C99-900630-4.

ea vol: tr. from French by Charles Phillips. unpaged. (Monster Country Series). CIP. Dominique & Friends. 1999. pap. $7.95.

PreS--In Gulp, when the delivery bat arrives with a baby vampire complete with pointy teeth and a "lovely green complexion," his mother is proud of his aggressive growth while Daddy Vampire struggles to keep his kid equipped with food and stuffed animals, which are exuberantly dismembered.

This book goes over the top in its efforts to be daring. Warm mouse blood as a food is distasteful, even if it is meant for a vampire. And readers will be hard-pressed to identify with Daddy Vampire's parental angst.

The pictures have a disjointed, cubist combination of line and off-beat coloration to establish an alien monster country. It is certainly dynamic, heavily influenced by its many shades of putrid lime green.

In Yuck, a chubby, pink-checked child arrives on delivery day instead of a baby witch. While the mother frets over her baby's human tendencies, the father does all of the loving. This is the more successful of the two titles. The sly humor created as a result of the juxtaposition of two disparate worlds is accessible to youngsters. The art has rounded forms, reminiscent of circus balloons, to create the laughable, goofball characters.

In both titles, each renegade baby proves itself at the annual birthday bash. While the premise of these stories will appeal to youngsters, overall they fail to deliver.

--Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI

COPYRIGHT 2000 Cahners Publishing Company

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From the Library

As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

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