Book Review | A Vampire Book with a PG Rating

Vampires have become a vibrant aspect of today’s media culture. Are your kids asking you to let them watch or read the Twilight Series or see the HBO series True Blood? Perhaps you’ve had trouble explaining to your children why some vampire books, shows or movies aren’t quite appropriate for them. Here is a book that may be able to help you.

Though this book was not recently published, this vampire tale is still a worthy read. “My Friend the Vampire” by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg is the first book in “The Little Vampire” series of several tales about the nine year old boy Tony and his vampire friend Rudolph. This book begins with Rudolph visiting Tony’s room, and continues on as their friendship develops and they go on small adventures together. Meant for middle-aged readers, this book as well as the other books in the series, is a good fit for that age group. Parents would find no cause for worry in passing this book on to their child. This series would also serve well as a read-aloud book since chapters are fairly short, and the story is engaging enough to entertain adult readers.

If you like this book, also check out the library’s copies of “The Vampire Moves In” and “The Vampire in Love.”


About amy de simone
Amy is an active volunteer, traveler and photographer. She is interested in art, libraries, museums and nonprofits. She holds an M.A. in Library & Information Studies and a B.A. in Italian Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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