I interrupt this blog to inform you that THIS IS MY 500th POST!! Who knew I had that much to say? (Okay, don’t answer that…) In seriousness, I’m so happy to reach this milestone because of you, dear readers. Thank you for allowing me to wax poetic about so many things for so long! And now back to the regularly scheduled programming.

I am so excited that Perfect Picture Book Friday has started again! I missed it much over the summer. Plus, I need to get caught up with books from our featured authors from July and August. It’s also a great way to wrap up Random Acts of Publicity week. So it is with great pleasure that I give you today’s selection, Hampire, by July’s 12 x 12 featured author Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen. I had the pleasure of meeting Sudipta this past June and getting our copy signed. Yay!


Written by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, Illustrated by Howard Fine

Harper Collins, July, 2011

Suitable for: Ages 4+

Themes/Topics: Animals, Farm Animals, Fractured Folk Tale, Vampires, Humor, First Impressions

Opening/Synopsis: From Kirkus: “Bardhan-Quallen spins a yarn equally suitable for a campfire gathering or a fireplace cuddle. The rhyming text’s ominous tone hooks readers right away: “On the farm, the critters knew / At night, while they were sleeping, / Past barn and pens, / Past lambs and hens, / a HAMPIRE went out creeping.” Kids will feast on this deliciously scary tale over and over.”

Activities:  Sudipta has a teacher’s guide on her website for all of her books, including Hampire.

Why I Like This Book: The premise of this book is so clever! The book has a brilliant build-up of tension that leads to a surprise ending. I am a complete sucker for a “punny” book, and this one is awesome. Howard Fine’s illustrations add to the drama, suspense and humor. There’s no doubt this book is mighty ‘swine.’ Plus I bought it in person from Sudipta and had it signed, which always makes a book extra special. 🙂

For more fantastic picture books and resources please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books.

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  1. Oh, I love that bit of text you quoted. Just creepy enough without being too scary. And if there are puns involved, I just HAVE to read it. Thanks, Julie! (and yes, it’s great to be back at PPBF.)

  2. Getting a sneak peek at this one is so cool. It sounds fabulous! Thanks Julie.

  3. Really fun book! I loved reading it to my kids in an ominous tone. The title alone makes me crack up!

  4. I just have to say that we just got Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen’s PIRATE PRINCESS out of the library yesterday, and it’s just as perfect!

  5. I love Hampire. It has major re-readability!!!

    Congrats on your 500th post!!!

  6. Congratulations on the 500th post! To 500+ more!
    Great choice for PPBF as we Halloween looms (at least in the candy aisles of my local grocery!).

  7. What a fantastic hook those opening rhymes are! Sounds awesome!

  8. Feel awful reading this post after just having eaten a delicious ham and cheese croissant!

  9. Really enjoyed the opening lines as they draw you in immediately. Love the rhyming. Sounds like the right balance of suspense. Love surprise endings. Will have to check it out.

    Congratulations on your 500th post!

  10. Yes Contratulations on your 500th post Julie.
    Love the sound of the book, the rhyming is beautiful, it had me hook, line and…. Thanks!

  11. P.S. I forgot to say CONGRATULATIONS, Julie on your 500th post! That is wonderful — and we are the ones who get to benefit from all those posts. Now THERE’S something for us all to be grateful for.

  12. Congrats also on 500! Wow, half-a-thou! Also, I love Hampire…I can SO identify with him. The book trailer, by the way, is hilarious-scarious.

  13. Congrats on you 500th post – WOW! And thanks for sharing another Sudipta special – I love all her books!

  14. Congrats on your 500th post. Did you review CHICKS RUN WILD too? We just read that book and loved it. I’ll have to get HAMPIRE as a follow up.

  15. Thanks so much for sharing this book and thanks for sharing your acts of publicity, too. This book sounds hilarious!

    And congrats on the 500th post! They add up don’t they? 🙂

  16. Congratulations on 500 posts! Wow. Hampire sounds fantastic. I love the opening lines, they’re perfect for reading aloud in a dramatic voice. Now I need to get the book to find out what happens.

  17. Sounds cute and funny! Congratulations on 500 posts! 🙂

  18. Congratulations for your 500th post! 😀
    Hampire sounds like a lot of fun, I’ll have to pick it up!

  19. Sounds like a fun read. And here’s to 500 more fabulous posts!

  20. Congrats on 500 posts! I love surprise endings. I’ll be curious to see if my guy thinks it’s scary.

  21. 500! Congrats and keep on writing, Julie…we love it!
    Love this book…funny and scary put together equals success with kids!

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