Some fiends have sucked the jam out of Sam’s doughnut! Who are the perpetrators of this wicked deed? Jampires, of course.
Just like their more sinister counterparts in the Twilight vein, Jampires swoop down in the night and steal the sweet stuff, leaving only a telltale dab of red on their tiny fangs. But young Sam is more than a match for them. Setting a trap in his bedroom with a ketchup-laced doughnut as bait, he manages to trap the jam-thirsty pair. Together they fly off to a magical land of desserts in the sky, “where Jampire moms perched under a sugar frosted dome” and a giant jar of jam soars above mountains of blueberry pie and, of course,…doughnuts. The tale ends happily when the Jampire moms, delighted with the safe return of their two “jammy dodgers,” reward Sam with a flown-in daily supply of luscious, jam-packed doughnuts. British author-illustrator team McIntyre and O’Connell have succeeded in creating a highly original narrative with text engagingly arranged. Skillful use is made of speech balloons in varying shapes, and key words—“hullabaloo,” “Slurp,” “CLANG”—are visually highlighted. And it’s hard to beat these two little jam-smeared monsters for cuteness.
A satisfying concept, friendly, Sendak-inspired colored-pencil–and-pastel illustrations, cartoonish attractiveness, and plain old wackiness make this sweet story a winner. (Picture book. 5-8)