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Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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11.2 X 9.7 X 0.6 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Lucy Ruth Cummins is an author, illustrator, and art director of children's books. She was happily paired with Jean Reidy for both Truman, which was named a New York Times Best Children's Book of 2019, and Sylvie. She also is the author-illustrator of Stumpkin, Vampenguin, Our Pool, and A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals. Lucy has swum in creeks, streams, gorges, rivers, swimming holes, pools (above- and in-ground), lakes (both Great and Finger), decorative fountains, and oceans. Her very favorite place to swim, however, is at her community pool in Brooklyn with her sons and her neighbors.


* "While at the penguin exhibit, the youngest member of the Dracula family discovers their resemblance to a similarly sized and colored emperor penguin. The two switch places, and readers are the only ones who catch this detail; the Draculas continue on their way through the zoo without ever noticing...little readers will love pointing out all of the things the text intentionally omits, like the animals that notice the penguin touring around in the Draculas' stroller. Cummins uses classic vampire tropes in a way that lands right with the preschool crowd: They frown when they should be smiling and hang upside down, for example.

Impeccable integration of text and illustrations makes for a book readers can really sink their teeth into." --- Kirkus, starred review
"The Dracula family heads out to a day at the busy zoo, baby Dracula firmly strapped into his stroller. Well, not too firmly, as it turns out, for as the distracted family enters the penguin house, the toddler slips out and trades places with a small penguin eager to explore the world outside its's a terrifically funny conceit, and the humorous gouache and colored-pencil illustrations make the perfect cartoonish accompaniment. Kids will laugh at the adorable antics, and their adults will appreciate the subtle sarcasm. A marvelous day out for any reader."--- Booklist
Cummins's loose lines and fresh palette emphasize the classic cartoon-esque concept's hilarity, and young readers will take great joy in noticing the entities hiding in plain sight--as well as the quiet case of mistaken identity.--Publishers Weekly, starred review
A deadpan narrator outlines the story of the Dracula family's Saturday trip to the zoo...the text hilariously drones on through the day's itinerary as expressive cartoon art creates mischief throughout...a funny (and often startlingly relatable) outing.
--Horn Book Magazine
* "A sweet tale of hidden high jinks that should have the whole family giggling."--School Library Journal, starred review