Written by Joann Sfar
Illustrated by Joann Sfar
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Little Vampire by Joann Sfar
Living in a house filled with grown-up ghouls and monsters, Little Vampire is so lonely that he's even willing to go to school if that's what it takes to find friends. Unfortunately, school seems to be filled with children who are still alive. . . .
Little Vampire finds friendship with a boy named Michael, and they embark on adventures in the three stories in this collection. Included in this book are Little Vampire Goes to School (a New York Times Bestseller), Little Vampire Does Kung Fu, and Little Vampire and the Society of Canine Defenders (now published in the United States for the first time). Insightful and inventive, Joann Sfar brings Little Vampire and Michael's fantastical world to young readers in stories that both feed the imagination and resonate with emotional truth.
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 differen
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First Second an imprint of Roaring Brook Press
6th June 2008
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