“Cheese ‘N’ Chives! I’m a blood orange! I’m done for!”
Enchanted fruit and vegetables are simply going about their day helping Witch Agnes with her garden when smoke from the chimney of a long-thought abandoned castle is noticed. The castle had once been home to a vampire and the thought that the vampire has returned sends the living produce into a panic. When Witch Agnes’s magic confirms a vampire is in residence, it is quickly determined that someone should investigate if the vampire is a threat. The cantankerous grudge-holding Celery is quick to voice that “if anyone is going up there, shouldn’t it be garlic?” Poor plucky klutzy Garlic is a nervous wreck but she musters her courage and, with some items gifted to her by Witch Agnes, sets out to visit the castle.
This magical graphic novel definitely offers more chuckles than shudders. This lighthearted take on the vampire trope is perfect for third to sixth grade readers looking to celebrate the spooky season with a fun quick adventure. With great one-liners and expressive art, this comic panel story style is a perfect not-so-scary read.