Mikey the Vampire Monkey 1: The Beginning of Mikey By Mike Gasaway

19 Sep

Mikey the Vampire Monkey 1: The Beginning of Mikey

By Mike Gasaway

53 pages – ages 8+

Published on Mar 15, 2012 by Amazon Digital Services

Mikey didn’t want to go to school. He would have rather stayed in bed and finished his dream about clobbering some huge evil snakes, but his mom got him up and told him it was time for his first day of school. Mikey was always homeschooled… until now. His mom got a job and Mikey is forced to go to school with all the other kids… ER, monkeys. Did I mention Mikey is a monkey and he lives in a world where all the monkeys act pretty much like humans? Mikey also is a vampire. Can Mikey survive his first day at school surrounded by kids who think he’s weird?

I kind of laughed when I got this book…vampire monkey, that’s pretty funny. After I read the book (which has some very funny parts), I thought, “Is that it?” I think the plot idea of the book and the Mikey character are really good but I was totally confused by this book. The story starts off with Mikey having a dream and then waking up having to go to school. There weren’t any details about the monkey world Mikey lives in or any mention that he is a vampire except he doesn’t like sunlight and garlic and he eats blood fruit. The story ends before Mikey’s first day of school is over. It kind of felt like I jumped into a story that I missed the beginning to. Even though there are other books in the series, I think there should have been more of an ending. I do think this book would make a great comic or a really good book (because I do like the plot idea) if it had more parts to it to really tell about who Mikey is.

I give “Mikey The Vampire Monkey 1 :The Beginning of Mikey” two out of five bookworms.

To learn more about Mikey the Vampire please visit the website by clicking HERE.

24 Responses to “Mikey the Vampire Monkey 1: The Beginning of Mikey By Mike Gasaway”

  1. Heather Newman (@HeatherNewman12) September 19, 2012 at 7:26 am #

    This one does sound like it would be a good graphic novel. The images could fill in some of the gaps in the story or set the scene for the monkey’s world. Thanks, Erik!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 19, 2012 at 7:36 am #

      I agree, pictures could add the missing parts of the story. Thanks for commenting!


  2. Joanna September 19, 2012 at 7:54 am #

    I like Heather’s thoughts. I have a bit of an aversion to vampires, so not sure how I would enjoy this one. I love how you review books that might not be so to your taste, but might just be spot on for someone else.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 19, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

      I don’t like vampires either btu vampire monkeys did sound kind of funny! 🙂


  3. Catherine Johnson September 19, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    Great honest review, Erik. Let ma know if you get lots of web traffic today, monkeys seem to be a popular search term 😉


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 19, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

      WOW! I did get a lot of veiws today! More than I got in a long time! I guess monkeys and vampires are really popular! I guess I’ll just start tagging my posts with “monkey” 😉 I am glad you like my review Ms. Johnson! 🙂


  4. Patricia Tilton September 19, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    My first reaction to the book was “Vampire Monkeys?” I like monkeys though. I always appreciate your honesty in your book reviews.


  5. Beth Stilborn September 19, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    Like everyone else here, I appreciate your honesty in your reviews, and that you review all kinds of books. You really provide a service for young readers!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 19, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

      Thanks Ms. Stilborn! I am glad you like my reviews! I try hard to tell all about the books I read! 🙂


  6. Michelle Isenhoff September 19, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    It can be really hard to write an honest review sometimes, can’t it? I have a post scheduled for next week about doing this very thing. But you always balance negatives with positives and you do it with respect and courtesy. Great job.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 19, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

      Thanks Mrs. Isenhoff! It is hard to write about stuff you don’t like in a book. I put in what I liked to balance the review (like the Yin and the Yang).


  7. patientdreamer September 19, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    Great honest review Erik! I like monkeys but not much on vampires. Thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 19, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

      Thanks Ms. Tulloch! I am glad you like the review. I don’t really like vampires either, but vampire monkeys, I think I can handle. 😉


  8. Renee C. September 20, 2012 at 12:40 am #

    Not even just monkey vampires…this one started as a homeschooled monkey vampire. Great review – I’m not sure I can even take that book seriously. lol


  9. parusbarbara September 20, 2012 at 1:14 am #

    Lovely monkey, lol~~


  10. KidLitReviews September 20, 2012 at 11:59 pm #

    Hm. What can you say about monkey-vampires with the same first name as the author?

    Every book I have ever read where the author uses her/his own name or the name of their child, was never a great book.

    Doctors are not suppose to be the doctor for their family or friends because objectivity tends to go out the window. I think the same might apply to writers and characters.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 22, 2012 at 8:18 am #

      Good point… I’ve read a couple of books with names from people’s kids or themselves that were pretty good, though.


      • KidLitReviews September 22, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

        You’re right Erik, there are exceptions. Is there anything you do not know? How old are you again? 55? 59? :-):-) Nice job on the review.


      • thiskidreviewsbooks September 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

        HAHAHAHA! Thanks Ms. Morris!


  11. Myra GB September 29, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    This is a good review, Erik. I always love your candor and your very tactful way of sharing your thoughts and views. You’re born for this, dear! I can’t wait until you write your own books. 🙂


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