Review: Diary of a Wimpy Vampire

Posted on May 21, 2010

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Diary of a Wimpy Vampire: Because the Undead Have Feelings Too
By Tim Collins
Michael O’Mara Books, Ltd
May 2010
224 pages

If the title sounds familiar it’s because this hilarious new graphic novel is Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets Twilight. As vampires go, Nigel Mullet is so pathetic even the squirrels in the park beat up on him. Turned into a vampire as a gangly 15-year old, he never developed the usual vampire traits like mesmerizing beauty, lightning speed, or supernatural strength. As he approaches his 100th birthday, he has never even had a girlfriend. When Chloe, the new girl, shows up in History class one day, he is immediately smitten with her black eyes, pale skin, and long neck. Unlike the girls in the popular gang, Chloe is independent and has a mind of her own. Nigel has a long way to go before she’ll let him sink his fangs into her.

Tim Collins’ portrayal of teen angst through the eyes of a geeky vampire is laugh-out-loud funny. His comical black & white drawings add a cartoon layer to this brilliant parody. Diary of a Wimpy Vampire is destined to become a cult classic among middle school boys.

Copyright (c) 2010 by Peggy Tibbetts

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