HarperCollins Publishers, Hardcover, 9780061142390, 32pp.
Publication Date: July 26, 2011
On the farm, the critters knew, At night while they were sleeping, Past barn and pens, Past lambs and hens, A HAMPIRE went out creeping.
One dark night when Duck can t sleep, he ventures out in search of the perfect midnight snack. But when he runs into the dreaded Hampire, the chase is on, all across the farm Will Duck and his snacks make it safely back to bed?
From author Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and illustrator Howard Fine comes this madcap barnyard adventure, perfect for reading aloud.
“Building suspense and a sense of nocturnal dread, Bardhan-Quallen’s (The Hog Prince) rhymes are filled with puns (’”We’re sitting ducks,” the duck announced’), and the antics of the frantic duck and the animals he rouses should have readers laughing.”
“Kids will feast on this deliciously scary tale over and over. ”
“Fine’s paintings exaggerate the animals’ terror to comic effect (funniest is the pony cowering in the corner), and his canted angles give this just the right absurdist tone.”
“A deliciously macabre choice for a not-too-spooky classroom read-aloud.”
-School Library Journal