A vampire who loves to skateboard has to up his game to convince his classmates and teacher that skateboarding can be spooky.
Vlad attends Miss Fussbucket’s School for Aspiring Spooks, which has a very diverse student body that includes a cyclops, a demon, a siren, and an anthropomorphic black cat in addition to other young ghouls and vampire Vlad. None of them share Vlad’s enthusiasm for skateboarding (they call him “Bad Vlad” the show-off), and Vlad just keeps racking up warnings from Miss Fussbucket about skateboarding at school until he earns a detention. As he writes lines on the chalkboard, he wonders why he can’t combine the two things he’s good at to please Miss Fussbucket. Well, the opportunity to do just that comes during the field trip to the natural history museum. Vlad sees the curving backbone of the giant dinosaur skeleton and just can’t resist—and the trick, combined with his screeching and hissing, sends the human museumgoers running away in fright, his classmates and teacher applauding him for being “radically terrifying.” Moldy green with highlights of red and the hot pink of Vlad’s skateboard pop against the more sedate backgrounds of the extremely staid school and pages of negative space. Readers will enjoy the prim-and-proper uniform-clad child monsters.
Would that every student could find a way to combine what they love with their schoolwork. (Picture book. 4-8)