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“As in James Howe's Bunnicula, the star of this vampire picture book is a vegetarian--but his fellow farm animals don't know that. They think that the Hampire is a skulking, giant hog vampire, and Fine (Piggie Pie!) includes plenty of ominous blue shadows, a terrified Guernica-like pony, and a closeup of the "red droplets" the Hampire leaves on the grass (the Hampire himself is an ominous delight, a massive, porcine, Lugosi-style predator). The sometimes scary illustrations are leavened by the slapstick that ensues when a duck decides he'll risk getting a midnight snack. The farm animals end up cornered, before realizing that the Hampire is more interested in the tray of sweets the duck has been carrying. Building suspense and a sense of nocturnal dread, Bardhan-Quallen's (The Hog Prince) rhymes are filled with puns (“We're sitting ducks,” the duck announced), and the antics of the frantic duck and the animals he rouses should have readers laughing. Younger readers, though, will likely need knowledge or explanation of the conventions of vampire lore to fully appreciate the joke.” Ages 4–8. (July) 


Author: Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Illustrator: Howard Fine

Harper Collins

ISBN-10: 0061142395

ISBN-13: 978-0061142390

  1. Book Description

  2. On the farm, the critters knew,
    At night while they were sleeping,
    Past barn and pens,
    Past lambs and hens,
    A HAMPIRE went out creeping.

  3. One dark night when Duck can’t sleep, he ventures out in search of the perfect midnight snack. But when he runs into the dreaded Hampire, the chase is on, all across the farm! Will Duck—and his snacks—make it safely back to bed?

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