Little Spotlights: Jampires- Sarah McIntyre and David O’Connell

Jampires by Sarah McIntyre and David O’Connell

Book cover of jampires

Group: Picture Book
Published: David Fickling Press 2014
Key Words: Funny, Doughnuts, Jam,

Littlefae says:

I like it when they slurp the jam! There were castles of cake and gingerbread. Sam was really funny when he bit a dry doughnut urgh!! I wonder what flavour ice cream the moon is?

Tinyfae says:

I like the drawings! I love jampires, they’re my little darlings! I want to draw jampires.

Ok this one is a little higher in ratings than I usually feature and I referenced it as Tinyfae’s book in my WWW post BUT it has become THE hit since we purchased it prompting creative questions, art, storytelling and song writing making it certainly the Faevorite choice .

I got the best answer from David O’Connell when I put Littlefae’s to him about the flavours of the Moon

With Sarah McIntyre believing there may occasionally be a lemon sorbet moon on the rise too!

The story takes the very British saying ‘Who took the jam out of your doughnut?’ And answers with a Jampire. Jampires suck the jam out of doughnuts and live in a magical sweetie world in the sky with jam tart flowers and castles of cake.

It’s silly, a bit naughty and the Magical world has the feel of the candy and chocolate landscape in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory before Augustus Gloop gets overexcited.

This book was originally a purchase because of an in-joke regarding Tinyfae seeing any actor with ‘blood’ on his face and declaring in a concerned voice ‘He’s got Jam!!’ Which has become family canon to shout out for anyone bleeding in any film or telly now BUT it was THE best purchase because my girls absolutely ADORE this funny book.

Child’s drawing of a Jampire
Littlefae followed the instructions (with a little help) to draw her own Jampire

There is an official Jampires website dedicated to Jampires including activities and how to draw sheets, we have had some fun with those. Littlefae has also composed her own stories and songs about the Jampires with Tinyfae which extends their love of the books too.

I think Jampires is one of those books that the children can come back to and get more and more at different ages I will need to purchase a second copy for good measure!

Jampires by Sarah McIntyre and David O’Connell is published by David Fickling Press and available online or to order from bookstores.


5 thoughts on “Little Spotlights: Jampires- Sarah McIntyre and David O’Connell

  1. That tweet from David is brilliant!! Last October I did the Curtis Brown picture book writing course taught by Sarah and David – they make such a good team together and I think it shows in their picture books.

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  2. Love those responses to the flavour of the moon! And how fab that the girls have got so much out if it, though I’m not surprised – it’s such a fun book!
    I’ve never heard the saying “who took the jam out of your doughnut?” before though!

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    1. They have had so much fun with it and it’s still a source of fun!!
      Hmm it may be a London phase then, I know it was used in Guy Ritchie’s Snatch so I may be being Londoncentric in its usage!!
      I heard it growing up and still when I was teaching – it’s a cheeky sarcastic way of saying ‘why are you being so grumpy?’ Though is best used with discretion!!

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  3. I understood the gist, just never come across it. Though I’m notoriously bad at sayings – I may or may not have thought my partner invented the phrase ‘first up, best dressed’ for years til I heard it somewhere else! I confronted him, dumbstruck that someone else had said it and…well, he still laughs at me about it now!!

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