Garlic & the Vampire by Bree Paulsen

Garlic & the Vampire
Garlic, book 1
by Bree Paulsen

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?

From her anxiety to her friendship with Carrot, Garlic is such a sweet and endearing character. Garlic is one of a small collection of produce brought to life by a witch who needed a hand tending to her garden. They each have their own little produce-sized houses and personalities. Garlic is nervous and unsure of her own abilities, so when she’s volunteered by another vegetable to see if the new neighbor, a vampire, is dangerous, she’s not feeling very confident that she’s the one for the job. Still, with the encouragement of Carrot and Witch Agnes, she steps up and makes her way to the vampire’s castle.

The art is lovely, the characters are so charming, and the story is wholesome. I love this little world of humanoid fruits and veggies. I enjoyed going on this little journey with Garlic, figuring out who the vampire is alongside her, and seeing her face something scary to help her friends.

Definitely recommend this series if you want something short and sweet and love vegetables.