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The Little Vampire by [Sommer-Bodenburg, Angela]
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“Comical . . . humorous drawings spark the entertaining story.” —The Horn Book 
 
“The vampire trappings, the problems of having a vampire for a friend, and the humor will hold children´s attention.” —School Library Journal

About the Author

Angela Sommer-Bodenburg was born in Reinbek near Hamburg, Germany. She graduated from the University of Hamburg in 1972 and became a teacher of first through fourth graders at a school in Hamburg where she taught for twelve years. Since 1984, she has been a freelance writer and painter. To date, she has published more than forty books including poetry collections, picture books, novels, and the twenty-volume Little Vampire series. In 1992, Angela Sommer-Bodenburg moved to the United States. She now lives and works in New Mexico with Burghardt Bodenburg, her husband and business manager, and their two Hungarian sheepdogs. 

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  • File Size: 2167 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag (September 11, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 11, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0090WS0AQ
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Format: Paperback
The Little Vampire by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg and Nicholas Waller is the novelization of the movie of the same name (currently in theaters), which is based on the children's series by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg.
In this version of the story, elements that were not explored at great length in the film are able to be fleshed out more completely, giving the story a more well rounded feel. Also, there are several events which were excluded from the film altogether, including an ending with a shocking twist!
A nice touch also was how well Sommer-Bodenburg handled the changes between the characters as she created them and the way they were molded to fit the confines of the script. The vernacular of the book is a bit different from the film (which is a good thing), but it still suits the storyline very well.
If you or your children enjoyed the movie than this is a perfect extension which is sure to become a family favorite. If you haven't seen the film but are a big fan of Sommer-Bodenburg's series (or even if you just love vampires), then I highly suggest you give both the book and the movie a try. While it is true that the movie is quite different from the original books, the story that is told is still a good one (Sommer-Bodenburg herself says that they have "remained true to the spirit of my story").
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This was my favorite series of books as a youngster in the '80s. Shortly after reading James Howe's Bunnicula books, I was given this book by my local librarian. It was titled MY FRIEND THE VAMPIRE back then (in the USA... in the UK it was titled THE LITTLE VAMPIRE, and in Germany it was called "Der kleine Vampir"). I devoured the first five books in the series back then (in the US they were titled My Friend The Vampire, The Vampire Moves In, The Vampire Takes a Trip, The Vampire on the Farm, and The Vampire in Love). None of the other books in the series were released in the USA. Over time, I was lucky enough to get UK English-translated imports of almost all of the rest of the books in the series.

They've translated it really well, and the story flows nicely in English. The eBook version is the same translation (Sarah Gibson, translator), but I believe this eBook is the UK version of the translation ("flat" instead of "apartment" ... "pyjamas" instead of "pajamas" ... "mum" instead of "mom" etc...).
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Many years ago I read this series to my children in German and I bought the English version to read to my grandchildren at Christmas. We huddled in bed and read (I read from my Kindle) a chapter or two chapters a night. The kids couldn't wait to go to bed and listen. There were always questions and comments. When I finished the first book they wanted the second and we are half way through. The kids are six and three. I am sure the three year old does not get as much from the stories as the six year old, because he falls asleep in the middle of them. But they are great books either as stories to be read or beginning books for readers. Love this series as much now as 30 years ago
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What a wonderful book and series of books - Angela Sommer-Bodenburg has written a fun, imaginative, and thoughtful series of books with this being the first one. Unfortunately out of the 20 volumes, only the first 5 were officially published in the USA. If any English-Speaking readers are curious to read the rest, you can purchase volumes 6-16 from the UK as there are 16 volumes that were published in the UK. The last 4 volumes haven't been translated to English yet. United States readers be forewarned - these Kindle Editions use the UK translation and even though the same person (Sarah Gibson) translated both U.S. and U.K. editions there are language differences, although nothing beyond figuring out (and fun to compare!!). I did notice that 2 chapters that were in the original U.S. print editions are in fact missing from this Kindle version - maybe they were always missing from the U.K. print editions? I've forgotten the chapter titles however the first one is a Snow-Vampire Story that Anna talks with Tony about, and the second missing chapter concerns a dream that Tony has; luckily this is still a wonderfully enjoyable and fun book! Let's not forget the great Amelie Glienke's illustrations - they are fun to look at and add to the overall mood and story. I Highly Recommend it and I've only subtracted 1 star due to the missing U.S. translation and the missing chapters. I still highly recommend this to both adult fans and new fans, young AND old! Thanks Angela!
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