Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Review: Pete and the Five-a-Side Vampires by Malachy Doyle
Publisher: Firefly Press
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: September 18th, 2014
Pete and his faithful companion, Blob the Basset Hound, love to go a-wandering in the pitch-dark night. But they get more than they bargain for when they stumble across a Van-load of Vampires, a Weirdness of Werewolves, a Herd of Horrible Hell-Hounds, a Bangity-Banging Bwca and finally end up at the most frightful Fancy Dress Party in History! Can Pete and Blob save the day (well, the night), or will The Horrors win?
Pete and the Five-a-Side Vampires is a great little book for younger readers. It's fast and funny, with memorable characters (the little Bwca man is my favourite) and a whole host of supernatural creatures wreaking havoc on Pete's town.
Split into five separate stories, Pete and the Five-a-Side Vampires chronicles Pete's sleepless nights and the strange adventures he has with his basset hound, Blob. They play football with vampires, get turned into werewolves, meet a clock-fixing Bwca (a little mining man), find a horde of hell hounds and encounter a real rotting zombie. Nights are never quiet for Pete and Blob!
I enjoyed every story in this book, and particularly like that they can be read as standalone tales or as one big continuous story. Pete and Blob are amusing characters, taking all the weird goings on in their stride and learning lots of unusual facts along the way. Like, did you know you can kill a werewolf with silver? And did you know that vampire bites are deadly? If you didn't already know that, you do now!
Pete and the Five-a-Side Vampires is a fun read and one that will appeal to any little Halloween enthusiasts. It's also illustrated too, and I especially like the depiction of the Bwca and zombie Pete. They look so little and cute, but obviously they're not to be trifled with. Like Pete, you just don't know what's waiting out there in the pitch black darkness. Or do you? Aw-rooooooo!