Vunce Upon a Time




Vunce Upon a Time by J. Otto and Siobhan Seibold

by J. Otto Seibold
illustrated by Siobhan Vivian

Vunce Upon a Time is so adorable!  It tells the story of little Dagmar, a shy little vampire who is actually afraid of humans!  But, he also LOVES candy, so when he finds out what trick-or-treating is all about, he decides to face his fears and venture out into the human world. 

This book is by the author and illustrator of Olive, the Other Reindeer. Don't miss this adorable book!

Publisher's Weekly called Dagmar "a promising holiday icon" and School Library Journal calls it "filled with kid-pleasing details. A fresh spin on Halloween." We love the story, but it's probably Vivian's bold, funky art that really makes this book stand out. The artwork is crisp and vibrant, with lots of little funny details.

And... we just learned that there's a sequel book called Count Dagmar. We haven't had a chance to look at it, but we'll try to soon. :)


Vunce Upon a Time: Reading Levels

Interest Level:  Kindergarten - Gr. 3                Lexile Measure:  520L          
Grade Level Equivalent:   2.1                          DRA / Guided Reading: ?


See Inside This Book

Below are two sample pages from inside Siebold's Vunce Upon a Time.  Fans of the adorable, popular Olive, the Other Reindeer will certainly recognize Siebold's fun, vibrant illustrations. The text is a bit longer than we usually read during read alouds, but it's such a fun story, the kids will be with you the whole time!

Our little sample pages below are kind of small, but hopefully you can still read the words. (If it's too small on your device, click on the Amazon link below, and then the 'see inside' link on the Amazon page for this book).

Vunce Upon a Time by J. Otto and Siobhan Seibold

Vunce Upon a Time by J. Otto and Siobhan Seibold


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Vunce Upon a Time: Related Activity

If you decide to read this book aloud in your classroom, there's a fun related writing craftivity at the blog Totally in Second Grade (here.)

We haven't tried it yet but plan to this year. The kids LOVE little Dagmar, so we wanted to capitalize on that excitement with a fun related writing prompt and art activity. :)

This sample one has kids naming their vampire and then explaining what makes their vampire different.



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You may also want to check out other books illustrated by J.Otto & S. Seibold. The style is so distinctive and adorable.  To learn more, click on the book covers below or the link above to see the book listings on Amazon.



Or see more books from our best Halloween kids books list?