Children's & Young Adult Books

Nerdy fun: ‘The Curse of the Vampire Robot’ by Graeme Base

Who can go past a Graeme Base book, with their clever play-on-words humour and illustrations that you can simply fall into? This new one is especially fun and will bring a smile to parents and teachers, too, chock full as it is with references to all things tech.

In the Scottish Highlands, a modern-day take on an old folk story plays out. There’s a vampire in a grim castle atop a hill, fearful valley-dwellers, a humble cleaner. Littered throughout are tech references: there is a ‘baby ware-wolf’, a corrupted hard drive, range anxiety, a packet of ‘juicy little USBs’… you get the idea. It’s a playful mash-up of vampire tropes and the world of computers.

We think you had a virus’, said the ware-wolf.
“Or a worm.
We ware-wolves often get them –
you can feel the malware squirm.’

The Curse of the Vampire Robot

It’s a lovely addition to kids’ bookshelves for fans of Graeme Base and those new to his work.

The Curse of the Vampire Robot is published by Angus & Robertson, an imprint of HarperCollins, in September 2021.
My thanks to the publishers for a review copy.

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