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Pinocchio: Vampire Slayer

by Van Jensen

Rated: None

by Van Jensen and Dusty Higgins

In accordance with recent retellings of other famous stories with zombies, werewolves, etc., we now get to see the world’s most famous puppet battle vampires. It is actually quite a bit more fun than it seems on the surface.

The story in this graphic novel picks up well after the events already chronicled in a number of fairy tales, and Pinocchio is still a puppet. However, now that the countryside has been overrun with bloodsucking monsters, he is not as keen as he once was to become a real boy. In fact, he has developed into a rather heroic figure, due not only to his lack of flesh and blood, but also his unique nose-growing talent.

Nearly all of the classic characters are in the story, with a few amusing differences and at least one very startling one. The artwork is mostly clear with strong usage of shadows and some very fresh angles. At times, it is like reading a storyboard of a well-done modern film. The action can be hard to follow at times, but the flow of the story is clear and maintains reader interest.

Rated: None. Cartoon violence and a single mild swear word.

— Reviewed by Craig Smith

Craig Smith is chief medical officer of Tacoma Cat Hospital. In addition to providing book reviews on Rated Reads, he podcasts about feline health issues through iTunes and www.tacomacat.com.

2 Responses to Pinocchio: Vampire Slayer

  1. […] the events in Pinocchio: Vampire Slayer, our hero is bordering on despondent. His personal world has been rocked, and he can feel himself […]

  2. Anka says:

    As a children’s liirarban, I absolutely abhor the practice of grade-leveling books, which is often seen in school libraries these days Mostly the fault of systems like Lexile and Accelerated Reader, parents often come in looking for a book for a 4th grader. Well what kind of 4th grader? A boy? A girl? A voracious reader? A child who is read to? A good read-aloud? A child who moves slowly through the pages?I have given books to 9 year-olds who have already read many books considered about their grade level. I agree that you know your child’s reading and comprehension ability better than any book or website. I always try to steer parents and children away from grade leveling by asking What was the last book you REALLY loved. The answer to this question always gives a better answer than any grade-leveling. If you want to do some research on good books to move onto, see if your local library subscribes to the Novelist database.

  • Pinocchio: Vampire Slayer
  • by Van Jensen
  • Rated: None
  • Genre: Fiction
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