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Little Vampire Paperback – April 29, 2008

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Excerpt from "Little Vampire Rises Again" published February 28th 2008 in Publishers Weekly

The series . . . centers on the title character and an orphaned boy, Michael, whom Little Vampire befriends after doing the boy’s homework at night. The pair, as well as a varied cast of monsters, embarks on adventures that include learning martial arts to combat a bully and rescuing dogs being used for cosmetics tests. The stories do not shy away from serious topics such as death or religion—in one scene in Little Vampire Goes to School, Michael says that he doesn’t owe God anything, if He even exists, because his parents had died. "Joann is very much in tune with his own childhood, and it’s not a rose-colored glasses view," Siegel says. "He is very deliberately trying to have a kind of release for some of the dark things that children need to cope with as they grow up."

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Review in Kirkus Reviews

 

Three episodes—two of which were originally published in English separately in 2003—feature the diminutive, grey-skinned bloodsucker, his human friend Michael and a haunted-houseful of spectacularly lurid ghouls and creepies. In the first, lonely Little Vampire meets Michael after going to his school at night, sitting at his desk and doing his homework. In the second Michael receives kung fu lessons from an eldritch instructor in hopes of ridding himself of a bully. The third, titled “The Canine Defenders Club,” has the two buddies, with help from Little Vampire’s gruff, scarlet pooch Phantomato, breaking into a cosmetics-testing laboratory to rescue three captive dogs. All three tales progress in small, brightly colored panels packed with brisk action, sight gags and dialogue in miniscule type. Fans of Emmanuel Guibert’s Sardine in Outer Space series, which is illustrated by Sfar, will find his solo outings just as appealingly off-the-wall. Libraries that bought the first two chapters (which were issued by a different publisher) will need this as a value-added replacement. (Graphic novel. 9-11)

Review in VOYA – 4Q 3P

This graphic novel includes three short stories about the friendship between a child vampire and his human friend.  In ‘Little Vampire Goes to School,’ Little Vampire is lonely and wants to go to school.  There he does homework for Michael, the human who sits at his desk during the day.  After leaving one another notes, they meet and become good nighttime friends.  In ‘Little Vampire Does Kung-Fu,’ Michael has been bullied at school and learns kung fu to get even.  The last story, ‘Little Vampire and the Canine Defenders Club’ finds Michael and Little vampire rescuing three dogs from a secret lab that tests products on them.

The first two stories were previously published in individual volumes (Simon & Schuster, 2003).  Sfar, a prolific French comic artist, creates a unique friendship story that reaches different aged readers.  The humor sprinkled throughout the panels will draw both young and old.  There is discussion of killing bullies, testing on lab dogs, and such, but in each instance, a mini-lesson is taught on tolerance and responsibility.  The cartoony, colored artwork uses dark greens, blues, and purples for the nighttime activities, which keep the tales’ moods from being too dark and scary.  The book is best suited for libraries with younger graphic novel enthusiasts.  – Kristen Fletcher-Spear

About the Author

The prodigious Joann Sfar has over 100 books in print and an international following that spans readers of all ages.  His works include Sardine in Outer Space, Vampire Loves, Klezmer, and The Professor's Daughter. He was recently declared a 2007 Eisner Award nominee in the category of Best Writer/Artist, and Citizen Films is producing a documentary about him.  He lives in Paris with his wife, two children, and cat.    
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: First Second; 1st American Ed edition (April 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596432330
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596432338
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kiera on February 20, 2011
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I read this graphic novel for an English Composition class and was surprised to see how great it was.
The subject matter is beyond your standard children's book and Sfar does a really great job at keeping the
mood light while dealing with such serious issues as the death of parents, religion, and animal testing.
Would recommend!
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The boys are crazy about the Little Vampire! Wonderfully illustrated and firmly holds the attention of a 6 and 8 year old. Thank you, Amazon, for your usual excellent level of service. The book came early and met all our expectations. Especially like the sturdy, attractive cover. It's a cross between paperback and hard cover. It will look new for a very long time.
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Fabulous book I read with my kids once and now they are hooked on it. I hope Sfar writes more in the series. This book contains three separate comics in one volume. Has sparked conversations about maintaining faith when bad things happen, animal cruelty, interpersonal relationships. Some of the humor is crude, but that makes it all the more appealing to the kids.
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This paperback vampire story is actually three stories in one - and is presented in full-color, graphic novel format to appeal to young readers and collections strong in high-interest graphic novel presentations. The stories LITTLE VAMPIRE GOES TO SCHOOL, LITTLE VAMPIRE DOES KUNG FU and LITTLE VAMPIRE AND THE CANINE DEFENDERS CLUB are whimsical, fun tales sure to draw in even reluctant readers.
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Bought this as a Christmas gift. I searched high and low for this and was hoping to find the dvd. Was just as happy to find the book. Stumbled upon this character on cable. My son (4) is a big fan.
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My kids (9 and 7) love this! This is one of their favorite graphic novels. The color illustrations are lovely, and the text is interesting for a wide range of ages, while still accessible to younger kids (6 and up). I bought this after we checked it out of the library - the kids didn't want to return it! Not to be missed.
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