Vlad the rad

Brigette Barrager

Book - 2019

NEW from the bestselling illustrator of UNI THE UNICORN! A new mythical -- and totally rad -- character to laugh with and love. Vlad is always getting in trouble at Miss Fussbucket's School for Aspiring Spooks. Unlike the other little vampires, witches, mummies, and ghosts, Vlad isn't very interested in learning spookiness. That's because . . .Vlad loves to skateboard! How can he possibly think about being a good spook when all he wants to do is practice his latest gnarly trick? M...aybe Vlad can find a way to do both! Brigette Barrager's debut author-illustrator project is full of energy, fun, and sweet tricks! Passionate kids will identify with Vlad, and will take heart in the way he marries his love of skateboarding with his schoolwork. A perfect Halloween read-aloud for the classroom!

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Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Random House [2019]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 29 cm
ISBN
9780375974694
0375974695
9780553513455
0553513451
Main Author
Brigette Barrager (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Vlad the vampire lives (or more accurately, un-lives) for skateboarding—gleefully blasting through the halls of Miss Fussbucket's School for Aspiring Spooks, rather than practicing scary behavior like the offended classmates who dub him "Vlad the Bad." Even detention can't suck the joy out of his obsession, instead leaving him wondering how to prove that spookiness and skateboarding can go together. Opportunity loudly knocks, clatters, and clinks at last on a trip to the natural history museum, as an exuberant, if bumpy, ride down the bony spine of a giant dinosaur fossil prompts the crowds of mortal visitors to scream and flee. "Vlad," his formerly forbidding teacher exclaims admiringly, "you were radically terrifying!" In the illustrations for her authorial debut, Barrager populates Miss Fussbucket's with a notably diverse assemblage of recognizable but unfrightening ghouls, ghosts, monsters, and cryptids in conservative school uniforms, led by a roguish young racer who, for all his pointy teeth and pale green skin, exudes about as much menace as Sesame Street's Count von Count. More thrills than chills. Grades K-2. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

A skateboarding-obsessed vampire's lack of interest in all things frightening irritates his headmistress in this tale by the illustrator of the Uni the Unicorn books. "Why can't you be more like your classmates and eerily float to class? Or ooze down the hallway quietly?" the founder of Miss Fussbucket's School for Aspiring Spooks asks as Vlad skates through a throng of students (two demons, a cyclops, and a black cat among them). Vlad's whizzing skateboard earns repeated reprimands and casts him as a "show-off" and "Bad Vlad" among his classmates. Finally, on a field trip to a museum, Vlad impresses the entire school by combining spookiness with skateboarding, zooming down a dinosaur skeleton and terrifying the other patrons. The single-note antagonism wears a tad thin throughout, but outré pictures of Vlad's classmates and over-the-top facial expressions should elicit chuckles. Ages 3–7. (July) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

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.—Deanna Smith, Pender County Public Library, NC Copyright 2019 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Preferring skateboarding to monster activities, a reluctant student at Miss Fussbucket’s School for Aspiring Spooks struggles to overcome his insecurities while practicing his latest gnarly trick. By the best-selling illustrator of the Uni the Unicorn series. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

NEW from the bestselling illustrator of Uni the Unicorn! A new mythical--and totally rad--character to laugh with and love.Vlad is always getting in trouble at Miss Fussbucket's School for Aspiring Spooks. Unlike the other little vampires, witches, mummies, and ghosts, Vlad isn't very interested in learning spookiness. That's because...Vlad loves to skateboard! How can he possibly think about being a good spook when all he wants to do is practice his latest gnarly trick? Maybe Vlad can find a way to do both!Brigette Barrager's debut author-illustrator project is full of energy, fun, and sweet tricks! Passionate kids will identify with Vlad, and will take heart from the way he combines his love of skateboarding with his schoolwork. A perfect Halloween read-aloud for the classroom!