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Vampires and Cells
Vampires and Cells
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Reviewed Titles
Graphic Library

Vampires and Cells

In cartoon format, uses vampires to explain the science of cells.

PublisherCapstone Press
BrandGraphic Library
Age Level8-14 Years
Reading LevelGrades 3-4
Trim Size7 x 9
Page Count32



Mharvi Reads blog - Mharvi

"Okay, let me say up front I really like vampires. Even if, lately, I've developed a keen fondness for Zombies, I still have an undeniable soft spot for a rakish vampire or two (a la Anne Rice-sorry Twilight fans). I also should mention that I really like anything educational for children that makes it fun for them. So, when I saw that there was a vampire all poised and ready to explain the basics of life/biology well, the pun was not lost on me. It's a clever and cute way to teach kids a little bit of how the world functions in an engaging and easily accessible format. I stand by that assessment and I wholeheartedly love that there are authors out there interested and willing to put out this sort of material. However, this reviewer, does almost all her reading on a Kindle and unfortunately this book did not fair well in the translation. I do believe that as a physical book it is probably wonderful." - Mharvi Reads blog

July 28, 2011 - Angela Harrison

"This was just too cute! I've taught some lower level 7th graders that this would be wonderful for. I'm sure it is ment to be an elementary book, but could be adapted to any age child who is interested. Vampires and Cells discusses cell makeup and division. This is a basic concept covered multiple times throughout life sciences classes. The set up is much like a comic book and has wonderful color to attract most kids eyes. My two loved it and they are in 2nd and 3rd grade. I really enjoyed this and will be using it in my classroom for the lower level readers." -

August 17, 2011

Library Media Connection - Dora Castillo, Library Media Teacher, Hodges Elementary, Lubbock, Texas

"This wacky new series of graphic novels is geared to reluctant readers; it uses graphic books to teach science content like energy, cells, adaptation, matter, force, and motion. The information and graphics will keep readers engaged, and the word bubbles, sized panels, and layouts are easy to follow. The illustrations provide good content, making it easier for Second Language learners. The series will make a good addition to your collection, as well as providing good sources for research activities in science. Recommended." - Library Media Connection

March 1, 2012


The Lonely Book Club blog - Lindea

"Getting teenagers and children to read non-fiction proves to be harder and harder, books that just lists up pure facts and tosses them into the face of the reader makes non-fiction books long and boring. “Vampires and cells” makes the reader give the book some extra attention, in between small fun settings facts are provided to the reader. This way Biskup manages to keep the reader focused and entertained through the entire book, which makes it easier for the reader to absorb the information provided. In the end of the book there is a list containing the technical terms used in the book and you find them explained in a simple and understandable way. This way you don’t have to re-read the book to find one specific term, you can simply find them explained in the index furthers back in the book. The illustrations are simple and entertaining, there’s not too much but enough to keep a young teens attention. There is only one thing I find negative about this book that’s the fact that it at some points get a bit too childish, so the young teens who wants to be “oh-so-cool” might want to put it down. But for my eight year old cousin it seemed to be perfect, but he was a little too much in on the vampire-thing to really consume any of the information." - The Lonely Book Club blog

August 9, 2011

World of Book Reviews blog - Paul Allchorne

"Vampires and Cells isn't your typical science book. Its a fun book to read as it combines a science text book and a comic. The artwork by Jok is outstanding, if I had pictures to show you I would. I found Vampires and Cells to be very funny and really should be in every school on the planet, I would have paid more attention in my Science class if we had this book. As the synopsis states it is part of a series, and if the rest of the series are as good as this, then these books should do well. Overall Vampires and Cells is a very entertaining science book." - World of Book Reviews blog

May 28, 2011

The Paperback Pursuer blog - Allizabeth

"I received Vampires and Cells from Capstone publishers on NetGalley and was excited to read something pertaining to my field of study. It seems that the recent trend in literature is everything vampires, especially for the preteen through college crowd; and this trend is beginning to stretch to younger readers. That is why this book appealed to me, it makes reading about something scientific much more enjoyable for kids that would rather be reading about cops and monsters.   This book was smart, well written and illustrated, and very entertaining, (especially the vampire's comments and the depictions of Hooke and Leeuwenhoek). Being a student of microbiology I thoroughly enjoyed what it had to offer, and would recommend it to anyone who wants to get their kids interested in science.  I rate Vampires and Cells by Agnieszka Jòzefina Biskup  5/5 stars." - The Paperback Pursuer blog

August 27, 2011


Back to Books blog

"This is a new series by the publisher combining monsters and science. This book explains in detail the science of cells. The narrative is written in blocks of text while the pictures and comic balloons add humour to the information. The book is written at a low reading level (3-4) but information wise it is detailed enough to be useful up to Grade 9. In fact, I think the text may be a little dry for the younger age range of students unless they are already interested in the topic or studying it. I enjoyed the other book in this series I read better, Aliens and Energy, as it portrayed the aliens as the goofy instructors. This book comes off as having an unknown instructor speaking to us while a dimwitted vampire is in the background asking questions and making comic remarks. The illustrations are also not up to par with those by Aon in the other book. However, it accomplishes what it aims to do; introducing the science of cells with humour and would make a good addition to a classroom library." - Back to Books blog

December 31, 2011

Library Media Connection, "Getting Graphic: Curriculum Connections: Science and - Michele Gorman

"Most people would consider vampires and the study of life and living organisms to be strange bedfellows, but that’s really the whole idea behind this first book in a new series of graphic novels that use the intrigue and allure of the supernatural to introduce basic elements of science to young readers. However, don’t be fooled by the silly concept – the vampire character and his undead limitations provide comic relief, but this book contains a wealth of information about cells, including how the cell was discovered, the basic principles of cell theory, how cells work together, the two main groups of cells (eukaryotic and prokaryotic), the types and parts of a cell, how cells work inside the body and within a plant, and how cells reproduce. This book is a great fit for introductory science courses, but it will also be a solid addition to any school library." - Library Media Connection, "Getting Graphic: Curriculum Connections: Science and

October 1, 2011 - Wendy

"Vampires and Cells is a wonderfully illustrated graphic non-fiction book about cells, with vampires adding humorous commentary. The information presented about science is nicely paced, and the accompanying art is fantastic.   Since the reader needs to read the science material in order to understand most of the commentary from the vampires, there is little concern that the meat of the text will be skimmed over. The comic action, for the most part, reinforces the science text, and both should work together to help the child absorb and retain the material.   Suitable for ages 8 to 12, and great for reluctant readers, this, and the rest of the Monster Science series, should be a welcome addition to any Middle School Library." -

August 22, 2011


Back to Books blog - Nicola

"The book is written at a low reading level (3-4) but information wise it is detailed enough to be useful up to Grade 9." - Back to Books blog

December 31, 2011 - Maureen Chiloquin

"This book is very clever and will keep the reader's attention while giving snippets of good information. The drawings are fun and the facts are ....facts. Anything that can draw children in while getting them to engage in science is worth a second look. Definitely not your everyday boring science book. This is one that will appeal to reluctant readers. Good Job." -

July 19, 2011

Reading All Year Long blog - Sara Thompson

"The descriptions combine technical words with plain english explanations making it more universal than many other similar works." - Reading All Year Long blog

September 1, 2011

Agnieszka Biskup

Agnieszka Biskup

Agnieszka Biskup is a science writer and editor based in Chicago. She is a former editor for the science section of the Boston Globe as well as the children's science magazine Muse. In addition to children's books, she has also written many articles for newspapers, magazines, and websites. Her books have received awards from Learning magazine, the Association of Educational Publishers, and the Society of School Librarians International. Her book Football: How It Works (Capstone Press, 2010) was a Junior Library Guild selection.

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