WOW. There is so much I could say about Garlic and the Vampire by Bree Paulsen, but to be honest, “wow” is what would sum it up. This children’s graphic novel is a fun, gentle read that also made me feel seen and loved as a person with anxiety. Who knew I would get emotional about sentient vegetables? I certainly did not expect to when I first picked this book up!
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The summary, from Amazon:
An enchanting, farm-fresh debut graphic novel starring an unusual heroine who is braver than she realizes, for middle grade readers looking for a cozy, adventuresome read in the vein of Witch Boy or Be Prepared.
Garlic feels as though she’s always doing something wrong. At least with her friend Carrot by her side and the kindly Witch Agnes encouraging her, Garlic is happy to just tend her garden, where it’s nice and safe.
But when her village of vegetable folk learns that a bloodthirsty vampire has moved into the nearby castle, they all agree that, in spite of her fear and self-doubt, Garlic is the obvious choice to confront him. And with everyone counting on her, Garlic reluctantly agrees to face the mysterious vampire, hoping she has what it takes.
After all, garlic drives away vampires…right?
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Garlic and the Vampire by Bree Paulsen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
As a garlic-loving, witchy vegetarian with anxiety, I couldn’t NOT vibe with this book. A short, fun read.
Book Club Questions
- Why do Garlic’s friends choose her to confront the vampire?
- How are Carrot and Garlic good friends to one another?
- What is the message or theme of this book?
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