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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Nicu - The Littlest Vampire: Fangless (Nicu - The Littlest Vampire Series Book 1) by Elias Zapple is a spooky story with a good message for children. Nicu is a fangless vampire and lives in a house in the Carpathian mountains of Transylvania. He is always made fun of by his family and he wants to get his fangs back by any means so that he can silence all those who laugh at him. Even the dentist is not able to help nine-year-old Nicu. He meets the Fang Fairy and then things change. Will Nicu get fangs and be like other vampires?
It is an entertaining story for children which has humor and a good message rolled into one. The plot is original, spooky, humorous and crazy and will keep young readers glued to it. Nicu is the vampire everyone will end up loving. He is cute, he is adorable, and he is determined. The black and white sketches complement the plot and breathe life into the characters. The style of writing is simple, descriptive and detailed.
The author succeeds in getting across moral and ethical messages to readers and handles the topic of bullying refreshingly well. The hilarious moments, memorable characters, and incidents in the plot make the story fast paced and fluid. Bullying is a topic that all of us need to be aware of and the author raises awareness about the topic through Nicu's story. It is definitely a must-read for all children.