Monday, April 24, 2017

Book Review: Vampirina at the Beach by Anne Marie Pace; Illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Vampirina at the Beach, by Anne Marie Pace; Illustrated by LeUyen Pham
2017, 40p, Children's Book
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way

When the summer moon is full, a beach trip is an epic way to spend the night. With her signature poise, Vampirina and her clan gear up for a festive time at the beach. Keeping her ballet lessons in mind, Vampirina demi-pliƩ's on a surfboard, leaps for a volleyball, and finishes each competition with style, even if she doesn't always come out on top. Readers will shout "Brava!" for this third gracefully ghoulish picture book by duo Anne Marie Pace and LeUyen Pham.

Vampirina takes a night trip to the beach with her family and friends. She shows kids all the fun things to do while there. She has lots of ideas for ways to play in the waves. She also snorkels, plays volleyball, builds a sandcastle, takes part in a dance contest, and roasts marshmallows and hot dogs around the fire. What a fun, busy night! 

This is a story that children will enjoy reading (or have read to them). The illustrations are colorful and made me want to join in on the fun! She shares safety tips, as well as the reminder that it's hard to be good at something new. With my children being older now, this is the first I've heard of Vampirina. It looks like a series that is sure to be a hit with young children! 

Anne Marie Pace is a picture book author. She is the author of the VAMPIRINA BALLERINA series, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, published by Disney-Hyperion starting in 2012, which is in production as a Disney Junior animated series to debut in 2017; and PIGLOO (Henry Holt, illustrated by Lorna Hussey, October, 2016). Her upcoming books include GROUNDHUG DAY (Disney-Hyperion, illustrated by Christopher Denise, December, 2017), and BIG-EYED BUG (Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster, illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon, 2018), as well as the new VAMPIRINA AT THE BEACH, coming in April 2017. Past books include NEVER EVER TALK TO STRANGERS and A TEACHER FOR BEAR, both published by Scholastic Book Clubs. She lives with her family in Virginia.

LeUyen Pham is the illustrator of many books for children, including God’s Dream by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams, The Princess in Black series and Aunt Mary’s Rose by Douglas Wood. LeUyen Pham lives in California.



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