Boys Book Club January Selection – Attack of the Vampire Weenies

For this month’s meeting of the Harleysville Books Boys Book Club, we read “Attack of the Vampire Weenies: And Other Warped and Creepy Tales” by David Lubar. Although I really wasn’t fond of the book (see my review below), I was really happy to be back at book club (we didn’t have one last month because of Christmas).  Pete (the AWESOME Harleysville Books employee that is our group leader) asked all of us what our favorite story was from the book (the book is a collection of sort stories). My favorite is “Family Time.” Pete then said we were going to make up our own stories using a game called “Tell Tale”. In the game you get a card with a subject or event on it and each person has to take what ever is on the card and build onto te story. It was pretty fun and we played that a while. It was cool to see how different people would change the story in ways I wouldn’t think of. Next we drew our own vampires in honor of the book. Here’s Gavin, Kevin, and my Vampires…

and this is Pete’s (that he drew after we all “convinced” him to) –

I don’t think he took it seriously 😉

Then Pete handed out a fun activity sheet that goes along with the book. You can get a copy of it at Mr. Lubar’s website HERE. We didn’t have time to do a lot on the sheet but I finished it when I got home. All us boys didn’t want the meeting to end (But they were closing the book store 😦 ). We’ll get to meet again next month when we talk about The Mega Mash-Up Series!

Now for my review of “Attack of the Vampire Weenies: And Other Warped and Creepy Tales”!

Attack of the Vampire Weenies: And Other Warped and Creepy Tales

By David Lubar

224 pages – ages 10+

Published by Starscape on May 24, 2011

What would you do if you were at a “vampire” party and actual vampires showed up?!? Well, you can read about it because it happens to a bunch of unlucky kids in “Attack of the Vampire Weenies”! The book is a collection of weird and scary-ish short stories. One of my favorite stories from the book is “Family Time”. It’s about a kid named Stephen who is trapped playing a game that his whole family understands except him. He’s been playing and playing and playing but he just doesn’t get it. The rest of his family thinks the game is great. Stephen doesn’t get all the strange rules. When his mom announces they can play even longer Stephen wonders how much more he can take!

I am not a huge fan of horror or scary stories so I may not be the best person to review this book. I do like scary stories that have a good mystery in them (like Patrick Carman’s Skeleton Creek). I wasn’t really fond of this book. I do like Mr. Lubar’s writing style, in fact he really creeped me out with some of his stories so he writes descriptions really well. I think kids who do like horror stories would really like the book. I also really liked the short story format, but I just didn’t like the stories. I think the book would be good for kids 10+ but there is some rude language (no cursing or anything) and there is a bunch of violence (nothing graphic but there was more than I am used to reading in a book- again I don’t like horror books).

 



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16 replies

  1. Your book club sounds terrific! No wonder you have so much fun! I hope you’ll like next month’s reading selection a little better 🙂

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  2. I enjoyed reading your review of this book Erik. There are times when one does not suit some kids and I like your honest feedback. Your book club sounds really neat, no wonder no one wants it to finish when the book store closes. Look forward to next months book club review. 🙂

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    • Thanks again for the interview! I think this book might be popular for some kids, but it just wasn’t up my alley (I don’t like to give bad reviews, but I have to be honest). I have another of Mr. Lubar’s books (Flip) that I want to read because it seems more like a book I’ll like!

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  3. Hi Erik,

    I enjoy your honest approach to your book reviews. It’s such a help to others, I’m sure, when they are considering these books.

    Since you discovered it, this is not new to you, but just to back it up and make it doubly official … I have awarded you The Versatile Blogger award. You are top of my list on my blog post for Jan. 22’12: http://www.lynnadavidson.wordpress.com
    I hope you have fun with it!

    Blessings on your day. 🙂

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  4. Good, honest review, Erik. Unfortunately, not every book is our cup of tea.

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  5. These are much harder to write than the ones we love. It’s considerate yet honest. (Book club sounds awesome!)

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  6. I’m not really into vampires either, but that book club you did sounds fantastic! All those activities are a hoot. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Terrific. Studies show boys read less than girls and the only way to get them to read is to a) get their interest in a series or topic and b) to have them read books where males are main characters.

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