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All is not what it seems at Bailey Elementary in the first graphic novel adaptation of this classic chapter book series. The third graders at Bailey Elementary are so hard to handle that all of their teachers have quit. But their new teacher, Mrs. Jeepers, is different -- to say the least. She's just moved from the Transylvanian Alps into a spooky old house in Bailey City. All is not what it seems at Bailey Elementary in the first graphic novel adaptation of this classic chapter book series. The third graders at Bailey Elementary are so hard to handle that all of their teachers have quit. But their new teacher, Mrs. Jeepers, is different -- to say the least. She's just moved from the Transylvanian Alps into a spooky old house in Bailey City. She wears a mysterious brooch that glows as green as her eyes. Could Mrs. Jeepers be a vampire? Featuring a beloved story by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones and fresh, funny artwork by Academy Award winner Pearl Low, Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots brings the Bailey School Kids into the graphic novel format for the first time. Graphix series are ideal books for even the youngest readers. With funny, simple text, unforgettable characters, illustrations that support comprehension, and approachable story lengths, these books grow newly independent readers' confidence and turn them into lifelong book lovers!


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All is not what it seems at Bailey Elementary in the first graphic novel adaptation of this classic chapter book series. The third graders at Bailey Elementary are so hard to handle that all of their teachers have quit. But their new teacher, Mrs. Jeepers, is different -- to say the least. She's just moved from the Transylvanian Alps into a spooky old house in Bailey City. All is not what it seems at Bailey Elementary in the first graphic novel adaptation of this classic chapter book series. The third graders at Bailey Elementary are so hard to handle that all of their teachers have quit. But their new teacher, Mrs. Jeepers, is different -- to say the least. She's just moved from the Transylvanian Alps into a spooky old house in Bailey City. She wears a mysterious brooch that glows as green as her eyes. Could Mrs. Jeepers be a vampire? Featuring a beloved story by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones and fresh, funny artwork by Academy Award winner Pearl Low, Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots brings the Bailey School Kids into the graphic novel format for the first time. Graphix series are ideal books for even the youngest readers. With funny, simple text, unforgettable characters, illustrations that support comprehension, and approachable story lengths, these books grow newly independent readers' confidence and turn them into lifelong book lovers!

30 review for Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots: A Graphix Chapters Book

  1. 4 out of 5

    alyssa

    the Bailey School Kids were probably the reason i got into reading when i was a kid (though i usually credit that to the Everest series by Gordon Korman), theyre fun little stories about a group of friends trying to determine who is and who is not supernatural in their small town/school. While i don’t remember the actual plot of any of the original stories (i vaguely have memories of the kids in a cave??), the formula for the stories is pretty self explanatory and i was excited to get back into the Bailey School Kids were probably the reason i got into reading when i was a kid (though i usually credit that to the Everest series by Gordon Korman), theyre fun little stories about a group of friends trying to determine who is and who is not supernatural in their small town/school. While i don’t remember the actual plot of any of the original stories (i vaguely have memories of the kids in a cave??), the formula for the stories is pretty self explanatory and i was excited to get back into the world after years of never seeing this fun little group. The graphic novel is, i would say, probably for younger readers than the original stories. It was a fairly surface level story that i read in 15 minutes, but i had a great time! I loved seeing the characters i grew up with drawn to life, and their outfits changed for different school days!! I also loved a small scene with Melody where she tells Eddie “you do NOT have permission to touch my hair”. Not sure if that was part of the original story or not, but I really liked the subtle messaging in this story. My only issue with the book is the ending, but that’s mostly because i don’t remember the original ending for this story! Will there be more of Mrs. Jeepers? Was that the end of her story? What was with her brooch? Anyway, i would like to reread the original series if i can ever get my little possum hands on them, but until then i will be waiting for more of these babies to come out!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I loved The Bailey School Kids books as a kid and read every single one that was available in my school, but Vampires Don’t Wear Polka Dots was definitely my favourite of the series. While the graphic novel isn’t as in-depth with the story it’s still going to be a little fun creepy story for young readers and hopefully get them excited about reading and want to pick up the original stories.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    August 3rd 2021 by Graphix The 1990s creepadelic series is back in a new graphic novel version. Eddie, Melody, Howie, Liza, Carey and Ben are back at Bailey school. Eddie and the class's bad behavior has scared off their previous teacher, so when Ms. Jeeper's arrives, they feel that they can take care of her quickly. However, there are things about the new teacher that give them pause. She is from Romania, has bought the local haunted house that seems to have coffins in the basement, and has an e August 3rd 2021 by Graphix The 1990s creepadelic series is back in a new graphic novel version. Eddie, Melody, Howie, Liza, Carey and Ben are back at Bailey school. Eddie and the class's bad behavior has scared off their previous teacher, so when Ms. Jeeper's arrives, they feel that they can take care of her quickly. However, there are things about the new teacher that give them pause. She is from Romania, has bought the local haunted house that seems to have coffins in the basement, and has an eerily glowing green pendant and a talent for subverting any bad behavior very quickly. The kids don't let this stop them, and sprinkle garlic in the classroom in order to try to get rid of the teacher. All of their efforts fail, and they come to terms with their unusual new educator. Strengths: Like Applegate's Animorphs, Roy's A to Z Mysteries, and Osbourne's Magic Tree House books, the Bailey School Kids books were something I was always on the lookout for at garage sales and the thrift store, and there are probably still most of the original 51 books in my attic! The graphic novels will appeal to a new generation of readers, for whom the original 80 page books are just too long, and too black and white. The characters are updated to include more vague diversity; the original characters were never identified as being of any specific cultural background, but the graphic novel shows more children of color. Low's illustrations have a good creepy edge to them, and the story seems to be fairly true to the original. Weaknesses: The 1980s were not a pleasant time, and I forget that the 1990s were perilously close to that time. Eddie's poor behavior seems particularly unpleasant and out of place in a post Wonder world, and I wasn't amused by the classes attempts to get their teacher to leave. (See The War Against Grandpa for comparative 1980s kidlit.) What I really think: Because my middle school readers want a lot more murder in their creepy tales, I probably won't buy this series unless the purported Netflix series becomes very popular and students ask for this, but this is a MUST purchase at elementary schools, where it offers just the right amount of creepy thrills for younger readers. (Unless you are my younger daughter, who was super creeped out by these and wouldn't even allow the books in her room!)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    The Bailey Elementary School third graders were not likable characters. They forced their previous teacher to quit with their mean pranks and planned to force their new teacher, Mrs. Jeepers, to quit as well. Eddie and Melody declined Mrs. Jeepers' invitation to visit her home and instead snuck into her basement late one night. They suffered no consequences for their trespassing. It made me feel uncomfortable that Mrs. Jeepers invited her students into her home in the first place. I wished there The Bailey Elementary School third graders were not likable characters. They forced their previous teacher to quit with their mean pranks and planned to force their new teacher, Mrs. Jeepers, to quit as well. Eddie and Melody declined Mrs. Jeepers' invitation to visit her home and instead snuck into her basement late one night. They suffered no consequences for their trespassing. It made me feel uncomfortable that Mrs. Jeepers invited her students into her home in the first place. I wished there were a conclusion to this novel. It was not directly stated whether or not Mrs. Jeepers was a vampire. I wished the students had solved the mystery and either determined that Mrs. Jeepers was a vampire or found some logical explanations for why she behaved like one. I loved the Bailey School Kids series as a child, but was ultimately disappointed when reading this graphic adaptation as an adult.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Casey

    I know I'm no longer the target demo for this series but I have super fond memories of these books and the graphic novel just didn't live up to them I know I'm no longer the target demo for this series but I have super fond memories of these books and the graphic novel just didn't live up to them

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bella Rae

    Thanks to Edelweiss+ for providing a E ARC of this book! This graphic novel is based on the original Bailey School Kids books by Debbie Dadey. Actually, based might not be the right word; it's literally the exact same from what I remember. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing. **Eddie, Melody, Howie, Liza, and Carey are the five main characters, and they're probably around 3rd grade. The original characters were a little older; these kids look a year or two younger than the originals.** I say they'r Thanks to Edelweiss+ for providing a E ARC of this book! This graphic novel is based on the original Bailey School Kids books by Debbie Dadey. Actually, based might not be the right word; it's literally the exact same from what I remember. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing. **Eddie, Melody, Howie, Liza, and Carey are the five main characters, and they're probably around 3rd grade. The original characters were a little older; these kids look a year or two younger than the originals.** I say they're all main characters, but Liza and Carey aren't important at all, and Howie doesn't do a whole lot. They still get to be on the cover, though. Oh, yeah, and a kid name Ben is in the list of characters, but he only says 4 whole sentences in the entire book, and only on two pages. The book starts out with the kids in their classroom, talking about how Eddie chased off the last teacher by being a horrible spoiled brat of a monster. Err, I mean, by pranking her. Because a third grader pranking a full grown adult would drive her away. But apparently these were SERIOUS pranks. I mean, they threw paper balls, put some glue on her markers, and put a SANDWICH on her CHAIR! Could you imagine a more serious prank? Any adult would be scared away by sandwiches in their chair! Not. Anyway, enter Mr. Principal. He brings with him Mrs. Jeepers, their new teacher. She's always wearing a green necklace, and is super creepy. All her dialogue is in a creepy chiller font with green letters, which is a cool touch. NOTE: One of the kids says "Her accent is mysterious!" It felt super awkward and out of place; the 8-year-olds I know would say "Her accent is weird!" It felt strange and formal for little kids. While walking home, our main characters run across a creepy mansion with movers in front of it. Surprise, surprise, it's Mrs. Jeepers's new house! She invites them in, but the kids decline her offer. The next day at school, Eddie and Melody dare each other to sneak into Mrs. Jeepers's house that evening. They meet in front of the mansion at 9:30 PM. Their parents didn't notice because apparently they go to bed before 9:30?? Most parents I know don't go to bed until much later than that, but whatever. Anyway, they sneak in and find a coffin in the basement. When they hear a thumping noise coming from inside the coffin, Melody and Eddie chicken out and run away. The next day at school, Eddie is a pain in the butt, and Mrs. Jeepers rubs her necklace, and Eddie starts behaving. They decide that she's a vampire, and they prove their theory by sprinkling garlic everywhere and seeing if Mrs. Jeepers is allergic to it; she is. In the last chapter, Mrs. Jeepers gets fed up with Eddie's garbage attitude, so she takes him out of the classroom and does.....something. We're not told what; this book is written for elementary schoolers. It scares him, whatever it is. Serves him right, little brat. THE END Post-book thoughts This book was just the same as the original; that said, I liked the original -- back when I was in 4th grade. Now, it's a bit cringey and young, but it's still fine for the intended age group. I would honestly prefer this to a YA version of this book. If this was a YA book, Eddie and Melody would be a couple, and we would probably be told in exact, explicit detail what Mrs. Jeepers did to Eddie. So, yeah, it was juvenile, but better than YA vampires books (coughTwilightcoughVampireDiaries). The illustrations aren't bad. They remind me of the Babysitters Club Little Sister graphic novel illustrations, done by Katy Farina. They're a little exaggerated, but not bad. So, in conclusion, it's a little juvenile, but the intended audience age wouldn't notice the mistakes that someone older does. Because of that, I give this book the highest score: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kristine Kowalski

    The 8-year-old I babysit for absolutely loved this book - she excitedly read me the entire book out loud while we were practicing vocabulary and she loved explaining which kids were being mean and who just had overactive imaginations! She adores graphic novels and while she will tackle some chapter books, she devours books like this, which I think is wonderful. So she has no idea about the early Bailey Kids books, but if I can find mine in the attic I'll definitely introduce them to her. All the The 8-year-old I babysit for absolutely loved this book - she excitedly read me the entire book out loud while we were practicing vocabulary and she loved explaining which kids were being mean and who just had overactive imaginations! She adores graphic novels and while she will tackle some chapter books, she devours books like this, which I think is wonderful. So she has no idea about the early Bailey Kids books, but if I can find mine in the attic I'll definitely introduce them to her. All the universal charm of the series is still there, along with the light messages of compassion, so if you have a reluctant reader on your hands, give this a try!

  8. 4 out of 5

    S

    After their previous teacher leaves the school due to the mischief created by the kids, a new teacher is appointed. Her strange habits make the kids ponder whether she is a vampire. This adaptation is great. The illustrations are beautiful and vivid. I would recommend this to elementary school kids.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Courtney (pawsitivelybookish)

    This graphic novel was a really fun companion to the original book series. I love that the characters got to be brought to life on more than just the cover. I am going to re-read the book version now to see how it compares, but from what I can remember it seemed pretty spot on.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    Scholastic Book Fair nostalgia - the happiest era of my life, probably - was not properly lived up to.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Margaux

    What a cliffhanger. The class is trying to see if Mrs. Jeepers is really a vampire, hijinks ensue.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    This was cute, but I like it best when graphic novel adaptations add something extra or special to the original story, and this one didn't. This was cute, but I like it best when graphic novel adaptations add something extra or special to the original story, and this one didn't.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    The illustrations are good but having them actually took away some of the mystery from the books. Is she a vampire? Can she hypnotize them? It’s never conclusively shown.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  15. 5 out of 5

    cota1903

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brigette

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  18. 4 out of 5

    Julia Butler

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tom

  20. 4 out of 5

    Susan Graves

  21. 4 out of 5

    Katie Thomas

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anna Gray

  24. 5 out of 5

    ASE

  25. 5 out of 5

    Diane

  26. 5 out of 5

    Eti

  27. 5 out of 5

    Austin

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jess

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kris Cram

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