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4.0 out of 5 starsLikely to Become a Favourite of Many a Youngster
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 November 2016
As an adult, it is probably very sad of me to be reading a pre-teen book because of the vampire connection but, given I run a vampire review blog and have written a chapter for a forthcoming reference book chronicling the mainstreaming of the vampire via the medium of children’s entertainment then I couldn’t resist.
As my own offspring is now well beyond such entertainment – having left childhood behind it is difficult for me to tell whether this is at the upper end of current children’s’ fiction. Suffice it to say, for parents so concerned, that there is nothing in the way of a horror theme. Isadora Moon is half vampire, half fairy (her father being the former, her mother the latter) and beyond making her father a slave to an overtly long grooming regime and making him drink “red juice” there are no untoward themes.
Perhaps a fault of my adult discerning but I did see a slight disconnect with the idea of keeping her powers and abilities hidden (and stated as such) and then telling her otherwise human class exactly what she got up to on holiday, describing said powers – though I pray for a wonderfully precocious six year old to ask the same – but in truth the text plays with that weirdness in plain sight that many of the parents (and grandparents) reading this to their child or grandchild will recall in such series as The Addams Family and the Munsters. Not as wide a family appeal as those two classics, I dare say, but likely to become a favourite of many a youngster.
4.0 out of 5 starsSomething a little different, and not too Halloween-y
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 October 2016
This is a sweetly different little mash-up of a story, blending clichés from fairies, vampires and mermaid stories yet still managing to be a quite straightforward tale of a Summer holiday beach adventure. It’s told in the first person and it rattles along at a moderate pace, with the main story essentially told through flashback, but in a way that’s not too difficult to follow providing you’re reading it all in a single sitting.
The illustrations are a good balance of bold lines and ornate details, and the consistent use of black-and-pink is thoroughly in keeping with the story, although some of the pink elements seem a little pale.
Without proselytising too much about the whole thing, it’s always refreshing with girls’ stories to get away from the pink-fairy-princess stereotypes, and on the surface the Isodora Moon stories are a refreshing change- the heroine is a down-to-earth brunette with tastes that are not “too girly”. It’s not a complete mould-breaker though- she’s still got a pink rabbit for a friend, and a wand with fairy magic powers thanks to her Mum who’s a fairy. So it might not be revolutionary but at least it’s a little bit different.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 November 2016
Recommended age range for this book on the product page is 6-8 years, but I think it's also a good story to read at bedtime when your little one is ready for a slightly longer and more involved story than they'd get in a picture book.
It's a simple story (4 chapters) of a little girl (Isadora Moon) who is half vampire and half fairy, and the adventure she has when she goes camping with her family on holiday. It is illustrated throughout in just four colours - black, pink, grey and white - but there are some pages which are just text.
I read this to my daughter (who is coming up four) over four nights - a chapter a night - and she liked it, but I wouldn't say she loved it. There are no big WOW! moments, the fact that it has vampires in it shouldn't put you off, it is a very gentle story. I think the vampire and fairy thing is basically there to allow magical moments to happen. But the family do all the normal things you do when you're camping - sleeping in tents, roasting marshmallows. There's also a message in there about how it's best to tell the truth.
Overall - it's okay. It's a nice story. However, I do think 6-8 is too old an age group for this book. (My niece who is 8 is reading David Walliams).
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 November 2016
Isadora is a half vampire/half fairy, and she does live in a castle with an interior decor heavy on the bat motifs, but apart from the odd supernatural encounter has a standard little girls life: The family castle appears to be situated in some nondescript suburb, and she goes to a normal school where everyone accepts her as she is, despite the teeth, bats wings, and the fact she dresses like a pantomime witch. That's very positive, and of course children like stories that reflect aspects of their own lives. In this one, she goes on a camping trip and meets a mermaid. There are three of the books in this series in the house now, and in truth I find them a bit dull and unimaginative, perhaps because one would expect a vampire/fairy family occasionally do some vampiric/fairylike activities. But my daughter really likes the books, with their glittery pink illustrations and gentle stories, so what do I know?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 November 2016
Why didnt they have books like this what i was a kid and growing up?
The books themselves are just beautiful, black and sparkly and full of nice colour illustrations, even the inside pages are black and pink.
The story is great, even at my age i really enjoyed it. Reminds me very much of monster high and i love the genre that is so easily readable nowadays, when i was a kid vampires were scary, but since twilight i guess they have become well sparkly and friendly lol
A gorgeous book, i will be buying the rest in the series.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 December 2016
Isadora Moon is a hybrid character - part vampire, part fairy but she goes to 'human' school with her friends Zoe and Oliver. And so the stage is set for ordinary events turning into extraordinary adventures. Harriet Muncaster has written a very funny, entertaining and enjoyable read for 6-9 year olds. It's a great mix of description and narrative, with believable and endearing characters throughout. My daughter loved it and read it over a weekend without prompting. Praise indeed!.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 November 2016
These books are fun They are colourful of pink and black and eye catching with there crazy fun style to children I expect . With parents who are vampire and fairy it's quite the story! - Good especially for children age 8- 11