Synopses & Reviews
An enchanting, farm-fresh debut graphic novel starring an unusual heroine who is braver than she realizes, for middle grade readers looking for a cozy, adventuresome read in the vein of Witch Boy or Be Prepared.
Garlic feels as though she’s always doing something wrong. At least with her friend Carrot by her side and the kindly Witch Agnes encouraging her, Garlic is happy to just tend her garden, where it’s nice and safe.
But when her village of vegetable folk learns that a bloodthirsty vampire has moved into the nearby castle, they all agree that, in spite of her fear and self-doubt, Garlic is the obvious choice to confront him. And with everyone counting on her, Garlic reluctantly agrees to face the mysterious vampire, hoping she has what it takes.
After all, garlic drives away vampires… right?
"Both art and text are well-paced, and humor abounds....Especially notable is the cartoonist’s playful exploration of scale and perspective — as well as the story’s lighthearted approach to risk-taking, caretaking, and social-emotional growth." Horn Book (Starred Review)
"Gorgeous artwork featuring anthropomorphized plants and colors reminiscent of those used in Kate Greenaway stories make this a joy to read....this will delight anyone wanting a light adventure heavy on friendship and self-actualization." Booklist
"In this down comforter of a graphic novel, Garlic discovers that she is braver and more capable than she ever believed when she is called upon to save her friends...this is cottagecore through and through." Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (Starred Review)
About the Author
Bree Paulsen loves to draw silly vampires, monsters, and various veggies. She studied animation at LCAD. Illustrated children's books for Xist Publishing. Writer and illustrator of the webcomic Patrik the Vampire. Garlic and the Vampire is her debut graphic novel.