Vlad, the Fabulous Vampire

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$17.99  $16.73
Candlewick Press (MA)
Publish Date
9.9 X 11.4 X 0.5 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author
Flavia Z. Drago was born and raised in Mexico City. As a child, she wanted to be a mermaid. When that didn't happen, she began her career as a graphic designer and a children's book illustrator. The author-illustrator of Gustavo, the Shy Ghost and Leila, the Perfect Witch, she loves color, textures, and shapes and enjoys creating them with different materials and a bit of digital sorcery. Flavia Z. Drago lives in Mexico.
The message of celebrating differences is solid. . . The prose allows the charming, expressive cartoon art free rein in creating a world with a Halloween goth look. Affirming. . . strengthened by a lovable aesthetic.
--Kirkus Reviews

Drago (Gustavo, the Shy Ghost, rev. 9/20; Leila, the Perfect Witch, rev. 9/22) presents another offbeat, sympathetic, supernatural character overcoming insecurities. . . . the text is lighthearted, and the detail-filled mixed-media illustrations display energy-and style.
--The Horn Book

Drago mixes cartoon and folk-art style illustrations influenced by her Mexican heritage to expand the World of Gustavo series with a young vampire and his fashion prowess. Mixed-media techniques add textures and shapes to the elaborate clothing and accessories while brighter colors contrast neutral backgrounds, especially emphasizing the pink shade rosa mexicano (Mexican pink) in Vlad's cheeks to convey his feelings. . . . Fans of Drago's books will also find charming character cameos from her previous works in this new addition celebrating how 'it's better to love what makes us unique!'
--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Drago's illustrations are full of fun details and muted shades with touches of color (pinks, of course), making this picture book a fabulous new addition to bookshelves this Halloween and beyond. You also don't want to miss Drago's Gustavo, the Shy Ghost and Leila, the Perfect Witch.
--Amazon Book Review

Delightful in every way and sending a strong message of being true to yourself, 'Vlad the Fabulous Vampire' is uplifting and loads of fun.
--The Reading Eagle