Jampires by Sarah McIntyre and David O'Connell

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Jampires by Sarah McIntyre and David O'Connell

Category: For Sharing
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Rachael Spencer
Reviewed by Rachael Spencer
Summary: Jampires come out at night to suck all the jam out of your doughnuts, but what will happen when Sam catches them? A fun book with a brilliant premise.
Buy? Maybe Borrow? Yes
Pages: 32 Date: September 2014
Publisher: David Fickling Books
ISBN: 9781910200124

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Jampires is a great book explaining why some of your doughnuts might not be as jammy as you’d perhaps like. This is a really funny premise for a children’s book and I really did enjoy reading it, on the whole.

I think it might just be me, but I do on occasion feel like some books don’t always benefit from the rhyming style of writing, and this is one of them. It isn’t that the rhyming is bad, overall it is actually done pretty well, it is more that I don’t really think it’s entirely necessary and so, on occasion, it feels a little like the authors are trying very hard to fit the rhymes in. The only reason I mention this is because I think sometimes there is a pressure felt to write rhyming picture book texts when a story like this is actually strong enough to stand alone.

Having ranted a little bit about that, I did still like this book a lot and am pretty sure that many children will be setting doughnuts under traps in their bedrooms in the hopes of catching some Jampires of their own. The illustrations are a lot of fun and what I thought worked particularly well were the different tones and colours within the pages, creating some really striking backdrops for the story to unfold in front of.

This is a fun romp with a very satisfying ending which should entertain a lot of children, although it might make them check under the bed before putting the lights out. There’s one thing for certain, it will definitely make you want a doughnut; I’m off to find one myself right now!

If doughnuts are your thing, then look no further than Doughnuts for a Dragon by Adam Guillain, Charlotte Guillain and Lee Wildish.

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