Book review of Scream Street – Fang of the Vampire, by Tommy Donbavand

I have joined this blog tour to help highlight and support Tommy Donbavand’s fight with cancer. He was diagnosed back in March 2016 and you can follow his very honest and open battle with cancer on his blog listed below:

Website: www.tommyvcancer.com

If you would like to donate then please follow these link:

Patreon Link: http://www.tommyvcancer.com/support/

On this stop I opted to review the first book in the “Scream Street series – Fang of the Vampire”. Whilst Tommy has written over a hundred books, I decided to pick this one as I use to love reading the little vampire when I was a child and this book looked like it would recapture that magic for me.

Luke is a reluctant werewolf who has moved to Scream Street where he can possibly be himself. He’s made some friends with a wannabe vampire and a tomboy mummy but the problem is this might not be the neighbourhood for his parents, who he thinks would be better off back in the real world. As a result Luke and his new friends go on a quest to find the doorway back home. Ofcourse this might not be as straight forward when you live in a place called scream street.

Review

This is the first book in the Scream Street series. It’s a great read for children as it moves at a very good pace and keeps you glued to the adventure and rooting for Luke. The story is filled with lots of humour for all ages and the dynamic between the three friends is fun and enchanting with Cleo the, “jump in two feet first” mummy, being my favourite. This story will definitely appeal to those who love fantasy and enjoy having light gore served with their humour.

Published by Walker books Ltd  and available to buy online and in bookstores

About the Author:

Tommy is the author of the popular 13-book Scream Street series for 7 to 10 year olds, published by Walker Books in the UK and Candlewick Press in the US. His other books include Zombie!, Wolf and Uniform (winner of the Hackney Short Novel Award) for Barrington Stoke, Boredom Busters and Quick Fixes For Kids’ Parties (How To Books), and Making A Drama Out Of A Crisis (Network Continuum).

In theatre, Tommy’s plays have been performed to thousands of children on national tours to venues such as The Hackney Empire, Leeds City Varieties, and Nottingham Playhouse. These productions include Hey Diddle Diddle, Rumplestiltskin, Jack & Jill In The Forgotten Nursery, and Humpty Dumpty And The Incredibly Daring Rescue Of The Alien Princess From Deep Space. He is also responsible for five episodes of the CBBC TV series, Planet Cook (Platinum Films).

As an actor, Tommy played the Clearlake MC in the West End musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story for over eight years, in addition to roles in the movies Zombie Love Stories (where he battled hordes of Scottish undead) and Going Off Big Time (where he was beaten up on a bouncy castle). A veteran of pantomime, he has portrayed just about every comic character from Abanazer to an Ugly Sister.

Tommy lives in Lancashire with his wife and two sons. He is a HUGE fan of all things Doctor Who, plays blues harmonica, and makes a mean balloon poodle. He sees sleep as a waste of good writing time.

 

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