Atheneum. Jul. 2021. 48p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534466982.
PreS-K–It’s a memorable trip to the zoo for the Dracula family, although it will be more memorable than some of them realize. After waiting on line, they head to their favorite exhibit, the Penguin House, where they are absorbed watching the adorable little fellows. Many other exhibits follow until finally they decide to head home. It was fun, but nothing special. Observant readers, though, will notice that one family member has a different experience. While the narrator describes the trip around the zoo, the pictures show that after sliding out of his stroller, baby Dracula mingles with the penguins and makes new friends. Baby Penguin, mistaken for the littlest Dracula, gets to enjoy a ride. It’s a concept made even more amusing by the uninformed but otherwise illustrative narrator. Adding further flavor to the tone is the endearing art style, which employs a minimalistic palette of several pastel colors and the black and white garb worn by the Dracula family.
VERDICT A sweet tale of hidden high jinks that should have the whole family giggling.

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