Children's LiteratureThe best thing about this book is the inventive use of graphics. Crazy colored fonts add excitement to every paragraph and help hold the interest of reluctant readers. The silly illustrations and shortened chapters keep pages turning fast, but the promise of mystery is disappointing for those already familiar with vampire lore. It is a retold tale of Transylvania—more imaginatively known as Transratania in the mouse world of Geronimo Stilton, Editor of The Rodent Gazette. The adventure and action are innocent and slapstick. The wordplay is relentless, and much of the story's success depends on a reader's past relationship with Geronimo and his family. By this seventh book in the "Geronimo Stilton" series, there is enough history to support the plot without wasting any time on background. It will definitely appeal to current fans and leave the reader wanting more with a preview of the next adventure in the final chapter. 2004 (orig. 2000), Scholastic, Ages 7 to 10.