THE VAMPIRE OF VERDONIA by Miranda Seymour

THE VAMPIRE OF VERDONIA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Sarah Jane's mini-rebellion shatters the peace of a small mythical country. Sarah Jane is so nice that she receives a medal from the King on her ninth birthday--but it's not that she wants to be nice. Constantly persecuted by Aunts Alberta, Gertrude, and Dorothy (""Dotty for short and because she was""), she longs to strike back, but just doesn't know how to be bad. Never fear! Into her life comes Princess Louisa, a font of malicious ideas, and Sarah Jane soon earns such an evil reputation that the King doesn't mind sending her off to the local vampire in Louisa's stead. She is rescued by her cat, Rumbold, who can talk but definitely not sing; his rendition of a 20-verse song on eel pie leaves the vampire stunned and senseless. Once back home, Rumbold's encore performance drives the Aunts away, and Sarah Jane can look forward to a happy future. Pen-and-ink drawings look a bit gloomy, but illustrate some of the story's funnier moments. Light comedy with a plucky heroine and a pervasive British Flavour.

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 1987
Page count: 100pp
Publisher: Andre Deutsch/Dutton