It's Vladimir

Rating: 
3
It's Vladimir!
Review by Patti Gonzales, submitted on 1-Oct-2001

NOYES, Deborah. It's Vladimir! illus. by Christopher Mills. unpaged. CIP. Marshall Cavendish. 2001. Tr $15.95. ISBN 0-7614-5071-8. LC 00-026173.

Gr 1-3--Vladimir longs to fly to exotic places, haunt Halloween parades, and lurk under bridges like all the other vampires in his family.

The impatient youngster demands to know the secret spell to turn into a bat. His horrible temper tantrums cause his family to vacate the castle, leaving Vladimir to tromp through the vast halls by himself.

During his cousin Veronica's annual visit, she tells him that he is still not ready for his wings. Vladimir decides that he is going to "take matters into his own hands" and go out into the world to find out how to get his bat wings. He meets a moth, a family of owls, and a dozen fireflies and becomes more aware of the need to have friends and family. After observing his progress, his family decides that he has earned his wings at last.

Children will probably enjoy the vampire theme, but it is debatable whether or not they will grasp the idea that temper tantrums aren't the way to get what they want. Mills's illustrations, using oil glazes over acrylics, are rich in color and some of the details are amusing (little vampire-bat slippers, mice with bat fangs) but Vladimir's facial features are distorted and unattractive. Not a first purchase.

Fanged Films

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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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