Authors: Van Jensen and Dusty Higgins. Pinocchio: Vampire Slayer. San Jose: SLG Publishing, 2009.
Genre: Graphic Novel, Young Adult Fantasy
Audience: 12 and up.
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Summary: Pinocchio: Vampire Slayer follows the protagonist, Pinocchio, as he hunts down the vampires that killed his creator, Geppetto. The story begins with the story of how Geppetto was killed and how Pinocchio learned that his nose can be used as a stake to kill the vampires that murdered him. He then works with Master Cherry and the Blue Fairy to vanquish the town of the evil vampires. The vampires hold the Blue Fairy hostage, and Master Cherry and Pinocchio go to save her. When they find the vampires lair, they discover that the leader of the vampires is none other than Geppetto.
Themes: A theme from this book is revenge. Pinocchio is on a vengeful hunt to find the killers of his creator. His quest is to find out who murdered Geppetto, and to rid the world of every last vampire. Another theme in this book might be self-identity. Pinocchio does not know what his purpose is in the world other than hunting vampires. Everyone in town thinks he is crazy, and they make fun of him for believing in the monsters. In the end, Pinocchio struggles to realize his true relation to Geppetto as he begins to understand why he exists.
Connections: This would be a good book to teach in the classroom because of the use of satire. If taught side by side with the original Pinocchio story, students would be able to see how the authors used different types of satirical methods to create a new spin on an old story. The book is also a graphic novel, which is a new form of media that the students might enjoy. It is nice to be able to teach a graphic novel, because it is a different genre of novel that allows students to read other things besides the classic novel form.
Reactions: I enjoyed the book a lot. As a person with a fairly good sense of humor, this book made me laugh throughout the entire story. The authors do a great job of poking fun at the original story by coming up with a different way Pinocchio can use his growing nose. The book is full of jokes that I am sure will make any reader chuckle. I think if this were not a graphic novel, so much would be lost from this story. Overall, it is a great book.
Reception: One review I read for this book was done by Trade Paperback Reviews. The reviewer, Mike, did not like the book at all because it was too corny. I personally think that corny jokes are the best and I know that if told the right way, a corny joke can be as golden as the corn it is named after. However he does say that the nose stabbings are funny but get old, so this would work well if I decided to only show a few examples from the book in a satire lesson.