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Garlic and the Vampire Book Review and Homeschool Ideas

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Garlic and the Vampire is one of the graphic novels I chose for my kid’s graphic novel online book club in 2023. It was a surprising graphic novel choice as I didn’t anticipate enjoying it as much as I did.

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Garlic and the Vampire
Bree Paulsen

Genre: Graphic Novel Fantasy
Length: 160 pages
First Published: 2021

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Publisher’s Description: Garlic and the Vampire

“Garlic feels as though she’s always doing something wrong. At least with her friend Carrot by her side and the kindly Witch Agnes encouraging her, Garlic is happy to just tend her garden, where it’s nice and safe.

But when her village of vegetable folk learns that a bloodthirsty vampire has moved into the nearby castle, they all agree that, in spite of her fear and self-doubt, Garlic is the obvious choice to confront him. And with everyone counting on her, Garlic reluctantly agrees to face the mysterious vampire, hoping she has what it takes.

After all, garlic drives away vampires…right?”


My Goodreads Review

Garlic is highly anxious and always nervous she isn’t doing things correctly. Fortunately, she lives with the kind witch, Agnes, who always encourages Garlic and makes life in the garden a peaceful one for all of the vegetable people. One day, they learn that a vampire has moved into the nearby castle and they are terrified to know his intentions. Garlic is the obvious choice to confront the new neighbor so she must summon all of her courage for the challenge.
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{{SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW}}
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Honestly, I didn’t read this book for quite some time because there was a Vampire. I wasn’t sure it would be a great pick for kids. But I am so glad I decided to pick it up and read it because it is a great story to read with kids. The vampire is actually very kind to Garlic and has retired from his previous ways of living. Instead of attacking the vegetable people, he shares his knowledge of gardening and helps them.

The book was dedicated to “all of the anxious bulbs” so it is a great book for talking about anxiety with kids. Garlic is anxious about so many things but also shows the courage and determination to help her community.

My Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️


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Garlic and the Vampire: Discussion Questions for Your Homeschool Study

1. Describe Garlic using three words. Why did you choose those words?

2. What are some of the times that Garlic feels anxious? How do other characters try to help Garlic? Does it make her feel better?

3. What is surprising about the Vampire when Garlic meets him? How does she show bravery during her encounter?


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