Manny Loses His Fangs

minedition. Sept. 2019. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9789888341832.
PreS-Gr 1–Manny is a young vampire bat whose goal in life is to become the scariest vampire bat in the world. His favorite activity is terrorizing the animals he meets by brandishing his sharp fangs and watching them flee in terror. Imagine his horror when one day he bites into an apple and one of his precious fangs falls out. He retreats to his cave despondent even though his grandfather reassures him that those were baby fangs and new, scarier ones will soon emerge. One day, a stray soccer ball gets kicked into the cave and Manny soon finds himself playing with the very same animals he used to frighten. In a strange twist of fate, when his adult fangs start to come in, Manny is sad instead of elated because he fears he will now lose his new pals. Instead, Manny is able to use his petrifying countenance to protect his chums from some bullies and he learns a valuable lesson about the meaning of friendship.
VERDICT With simple straightforward storytelling and adorable soft-focus watercolor artwork, this picture book will find mass appeal with young children navigating friendship and finding their place in the world.

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