October Chapter book of the month: Fangs, Vampire Spy: Operation Golden Bum by Tom Donvaband - Apply for free copy (CLOSED)

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 02-Oct-13 12:40:40

Gearing up for Halloween our October book of the month introduces Special Agent Fangs Enigma – the world's greatest vampire spy – and his werewolf sidekick Puppy Brown as they battle society's worst criminal monster minds.

Fangs: Vampire Spy is a new series of comedy horror adventures from the bestselling author of Scream Street, Tom Donbavand and we have copies of Operation Golden Bum to giveaway to 50 lucky mumsnetters.

Apply for a free copy before 10am 8 October and we'll email those who have been selected. Don't forget to come back and post your feedback over the month on this thread.

NoWomanNoCry Tue 22-Oct-13 22:12:06

Thank you for the book. I had to read this book to my children as they are a bit younger than the intended age. However they really enjoyed it as they have an interest in vampires at the moment! They said it was a very funny book.

missorinoco Wed 23-Oct-13 19:48:57

Thankyou for the book. DS couldn't get into it, despite trying three times. Strange given the reviews above, but I was very grateful anyway.

Willemdefoeismine Thu 24-Oct-13 11:25:15

Missorinoco, it didn't really do it for either DD or me either, so your DS is not alone!

LadyEnglefield Thu 24-Oct-13 12:02:28

My DTDs (nearly 8) didn't get it either. I thought they might as they love Spy Dogs but the opening chapter put them off.

I've passed it on to a friend with boys aged 8 & 9 and hope that it is more their cup of tea.

Just goes to show.

Willemdefoeismine Thu 24-Oct-13 12:15:30

I sometimes think some of these series of books (I'm not necessarily putting this one in the category) are very formulaic. It's less about a good yarn than creating a quirky style that may or may not appeal.

missorinoco Thu 24-Oct-13 19:26:03

Am reassured by that. I thought he would love it, so was quite baffled.

wheretoyougonow Fri 25-Oct-13 09:24:50

Thank you for the book. My 7 year old DS really enjoyed it and as a result my DS 10 read it to. My DS read it on his own which is a good sign and it made a nice change to Beast Quest!
Would be tempted to buy another one.

emmaoftroy Sat 26-Oct-13 15:52:28

I received my copy of Fangs, Vampire Spy last week so thank you v. much! I read it to my daughter, who is just below the 7+ age range it's aimed at but has started to enjoy us reading chapter books with her at night and I wanted to try something a bit different. It's a funny book that has a fast plot - there don't seem to be many spare words - and whilst my daughter was laughing at the bits that made her go "yuck", I enjoyed the clever word play and fact that it followed the plot of James Bond (and the like), only with Zombie, Werewolves, and Vampires. I will now be passing along to my friends little girl.

missingink Sun 27-Oct-13 11:50:35

Hi, thanks for sending (didn't get an email). DD, 6 enjoyed it a lot and said the best bit was where Fangs and Puppy were suspended over the pool of piranhas. Well actually she said the best bit was my voices for the characters grin - but unfortunately that's not very transferable is it? I actually really enjoyed reading it. All the James Bond references went completely over her head, and I did have to explain why a number of the jokes were jokes - but good fun.

BigGapMum Tue 29-Oct-13 21:27:06

Thanks for the book. I haven't read it yet to my 5 year old DS, as he is too young for it yet, and hasn't even got the attention span to listen to a chapter book.
However I've had a good look at the book, and its seems the sort of book that would appeal to a 7-8 year old child. It's a chapter book with a monochrome drawn picture every 2-3 pages. Looking through the book, both the writing style and the subject of the story would be that which would hold the attention of its reader and I certainly expect DS to enjoy this book when he is a little older.

babyowl Mon 04-Nov-13 21:53:01

Very Austin Powers with bad puns & slapstick monsters & bodily functions. It's great if it gets boys notorious for being disengaged with reading to actually enjoy books. Otherwise, it just seems like more stereotypical gross-superhero-monster-spy lit that specifically caters to boys 6+ these days.

Most of the narrative is from the clever female sidekick though which made the book more interesting for me.

cather Fri 08-Nov-13 14:39:46

Whilst we had never heard of Tom Donbavand before we loved this book and will be looking out for more of his books for stocking fillers. My son is 8 and he thought this book was hilarious. I even managed to get him into bed sooner so that we could read 2 chapters instead of the one we normally read at bedtime.

Dianec67 Wed 13-Nov-13 09:40:28

My son loved this book. Thank you for our copy, we will now be looking to read more in the series.

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