Frankie D Vegan Vampire
Published by Kids Can Press
Written by Brian Dutra and Sally Dutra
Illustrated by Tiffani Brown

A new early chapter book series starring a lovable vampire who’s just trying to fit in [...]

Brian and Sally Dutra’s entertaining series – currently being developed for TV – offers a whole new take on what it means to be an outsider. With so many playful twists on vampire tropes, a compelling plot (with a cliffhanger ending!) and loads of deadpan humor, this book is sure to have enormous appeal for early readers. 

Tiffani Brown’s black-and-white illustrations on every spread bring just the right amount of vampire creepiness to the story, tempered by just the right amount of humor [...]

Praises for Frankie D.
"Readers new to chapter books will appreciate the simple sentence structure, likable protagonist, and straightforward plot [...]  Digitally rendered black-and-white illustrations and lists break up the short chapters. The main characters are illustrated with gray-tinged skin, while names and images of other classmates imply racial diversity. For kids hungry for a wholesome vampire story without the gore." 

"In this witty and whimsical early chapter book series launch, a debut by married collaborators the Dutras, vampire Frankie D and his family—including his three-legged pet wolf—are excited to emigrate from Transylvania to America. [...] Eager to fit in and rarely deterred by perceived setbacks, Frankie is a fang-tastic protagonist whose many triumphs and foibles will immediately endear him to young readers, even those without sharp teeth or pet wolves. Movement-filled grayscale spot illustrations by animator Brown depict characters with varying skin tones." 

Some of the awesome reviews from NetGalley

"He laughed at the wit. He awh'ed at the fun illustrations. He read the whole thing. And for that. I'm calling this win!" 
— Shara L, Reviewer

"My child loved the black and white illustrations that are just creepy enough to be delightful" 
— Eli P, Reviewer

"The illustrations were lovely as well, visually complementing the book with a dark, charming Addams family-type atmosphere." 
— Maria M, Reviewer

"This novel tackles topics of feeling different, tolerance, kindness, and self-acceptance to name just a few. I absolutely loved the illustrations, and am looking forward to sharing this novel with my class!"
— Lisa B, Reviewer​​​​​​


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