Vlad the Rad

Random. Jul. 2019. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780553513455.
K-Gr 2–This story is about a young vampire with a passion for skateboarding who attends Miss Fussbucket’s School of Spooks. His teacher wants him to focus on his lessons to become more spooky; but Vlad has little interest in being spooky, and wants to continue skateboarding despite the disapproval of his class. This book uses a dark palette of purples and blues to illustrate the ghostly setting and other monster students at Vlad’s school. Movement is often illustrated with a series of drawings in a linear pattern, highlighting the scene’s small changes. Lines capture the movement of Vlad’s skateboard as it whips around corners and soars through the air. The font in the book also becomes bolder to emphasize important phrases and happenings. Children will relate to Vlad’s desire to pursue his passion despite being criticized by those around him.
VERDICT Vlad’s dedication to skateboarding will inspire kids to commit to pursuing their own passions even in the face of possible challenges.–

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