This 3rd book in the series just launched this week!
When noises shake Valentina’s bedroom in the middle of the night, and her resident ghost, Jerry, hides under her bed, the little vampire girl tumbles into yet another adventure.
Eager to investigate the source of the uproar, she bumps into her brother Vlad in the hallway. He’s as clueless as she is, but at least he’s not as terrified of the noises as Jerry.
The trio follows the noise to the museum room, where they find an opened sarcophagus, and a mummy wearing a mask….
Valentina and the Masked Mummy is the third in this fun and exciting new series for kids. Be sure to check out Book 1, Valentina and the Haunted Mansion, and Book 2, Valentina and the Whackadoodle Witch, both of which are now available.
Author Majanka Verstraete has dropped by to talk a little bit about her writing of Valentina and the Masked Mummy. This is the third children’s picture book in the Valentina’s Spooky Adventures series by Majanka, featuring colorful illustrations by Noelle Giffin. Anyway, we’ll let Majanka tell you how this entertaining series came to be.
Turning a Little Vampire Girl into a Kids’ Favorite
I came up with the idea for the Valentina series in the middle of university exams. I’d been studying for hours on end, and wanted to relax for a while. I saw some people on the AbsoluteWrite forums talking about picture books, and I thought, heck, why not give it a shot. I’d never written anything of the sort, but I’m always up for a challenge.
So I started brainstorming, trying to imagine something different, fresh—the kind of book I would’ve loved to read as a kid. I liked reading about monsters as a young girl, but I didn’t want to make the book too scary, so I thought…. How about a monster playing the main role? How about a monster that kids could relate to and empathize with, and even think of as a friend?
That’s how I came up with the idea of a little vampire girl playing the main part. Sure, she’s a vampire, but she’s still a little girl who gets scared by things just like regular little girls do.
After Valentina was born, the other characters quickly took shape. I wanted her to have a best friend, but I didn’t want him to be a vampire. Enter Jerry the ghost, Valentina’s best friend. In the second book, a whacky, slightly out-of-sorts witch made an appearance. In the newest series installment, Valentina finds a mummy wandering around her house.
So there’s a large cast of characters to entertain the young readers, and each of them is not only unique but, I hope, a character the kids can really sink their hearts and minds into. Are these adventures of a little vampire girl spooky? Sure, but in a fun way, not a scary way, so the kids will have a great time with them.