A Vampire Is Coming To Dinner! 10 Rules to Follow

A Vampire is Coming to Dinner! 10 Rules to Follow by Pamela Jane, illustrated by Pedro Rodriguez. Price Stern Sloan/Penguin Group USA, 2010.

Mr. B cleaned our bedroom this week. Little Sis likes to relax in there when she doesn't like what we're watching on TV (football, Veronica Mars, etc.), and her favorite pastime is to draw. Under mountains of papers and sketchbooks, he unearthed this book, a favorite from when the girls were little. It's one of those cute, inexpensive holiday titles, but when I saw it new at the bookstore, it was one I just had to buy.

It's about the size of a board book. The premise is very simple: a vampire has invited himself to dinner! There are 10 rules of vampire etiquette. When you unfold the page, you see the little boy doing the exact opposite of each rule. It's cute and silly, and the illustrations are fabulous, which is probably why Little Sis had it among her art supplies. Unfortunately, this little book is out-of-print, although used copies are very cheap via Amazon.

The last rule involves letting the vampire nap. When you open to the last page, there's a surprise -

Yes! An adorable pop-up!

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Leave Me Alone!

Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol. Roaring Brook Press, 2016.

Autumn is sweater weather, and scarf and hat weather, right?  For the old woman in Leave Me Alone!, it is time to prepare for winter by knitting. Knitting, knitting, knitting, for "She lived in a small village in a small house...with a very big family."

"But it wasn't getting done."

Her grandchildren are fascinated by her knitting, or at least the balls of yarn.

Finally, the old woman reaches the end of her tether.  She must leave the village.

Isn't this the perfect fall scene? I want to go to there.

She tries the forest, but the bears are as bad as the kids.

 She scales a mountain, but the mountain goats want to eat her yarn. She climbs the mountain to the moon, but the little green men won't leave her alone, either!

What's an old woman who needs her privacy to do but travel through a wormhole to a deep void in space?

Okay, this book is rather hilarious, right? 

When she is finished, she comes back and passes out homemade sweaters to the grandkids.

Do you knit? I learned to knit (basic garter stitch) for a play in college, but I didn't even learn to cast off until many years later. I am not a good knitter. I have trouble "seeing" the work I have done, and I cannot pick up a dropped stitch to save my life. Big Sis wants to learn so badly right now. The artistic director/choreographer of The Nutcracker said something about the dancers knitting scarves for the homeless while they wait for their turn to rehearse. I don't know if she meant it (she is a knitter, though), but it definitely sparked something in my daughter!

Imagination Soup did a cool post on teaching children to knit a couple year ago,  and I found this video on the Martha Stewart website. A search for "knitting kits" in the toy section of Amazon yields tons of projects for knitting (and crochet, weaving, and assorted needlework).

Of course, somewhere I have a sack of yarn. Now if I can only find a matched set of knitting needles. Did I mention it's been years since I last tried to knit?

Wouldn't this book be a sweet gift for a young knitter-to-be? Perhaps paired with Extra Yarn?

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