by Laura Marchesani (no website)
Grossett & Dunlap
See Dick play. See Jane play. See Dick and Jane play with a vampire!
Keeping with the current literary trend in mashups (see Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), Dick and Jane and Vampires does not disappoint! I was absolutely delighted to see this classic book (somewhat revised) on the library's shelf. I'm a little too young to have grown up learning to read completely off of Dick and Jane, but I'm very familiar with its story and art, and this book stays so true to the originals, it's amazing! Although the material may be a little too frightening for very young readers, adults will laugh out loud from the clever ways Marchesani has Dick and Jane interact with the vampire. This scene, for example, takes place in the store when Dick, Jane and Sally go shopping with Mother.
Mother wants something.
The man can help.
That is not a man.
That is something else!
Ahh, I love it. And there's a lovely event at the end which causes Dick and Jane to exclaim "Vampire is happy! Happy, happy, happy!" As I'm happily sure that these hilarious mashups will continue to be published, I'd like to offer a few suggestions:
Little Women and Werewolves
Gulliver's Travels to Transylvania
As I Lay Dying . . . from a Vampire Bite
The possibilities are truly endless! Anyone else have a good idea for a mashup?