Little Vampire Does Kung Fu!

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Jeffrey the jerk is a bully and everyone knows it.

Little Vampire isn't about to stand around and watch him pick on his best friend, Michael.

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Travel to the highest mountain and seek kung fu lessons from the master...

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Overview

Jeffrey the jerk is a bully and everyone knows it.

Little Vampire isn't about to stand around and watch him pick on his best friend, Michael.

There's only one thing to do:

Travel to the highest mountain and seek kung fu lessons from the master...

Little Vampire and his monster companions help their human friend learn to defend himself against a bully.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The little vampire of Little Vampire Goes to School returns in this comic strip format to help his friend Michael deal with a school bully. Off they go for help at night to an unusual kung fu master, Rabbi Solomon. He sends Michael to fetch his kung fu book from the top of a "Khmer-style temple" guarded by a Siamese dragon. Surmounting all obstacles, including putting the bully back together again after their monster friends have eaten him, Michael has an unusual end to his adventure when he returns to his real life. The action takes place inside irregularly shaped areas with considerable text squeezed into speech balloons, sometimes in a fine cursive style. The colored drawings are properly ghoulish, the characters weird, and the action non-stop, with some word-play fun included. The influence of Japanese anime is clear. 2003(orig. 2000), Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 9 to 16.
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Comic-strip panels tell the bizarre story of a boy's dreamlike adventures as he tries to get revenge against a school bully. Accompanied by a round-faced vampire and a few other weird but friendly monsters, Michael meets a rabbi/kung fu master, a Siamese dragon, the Captain of the Dead, and other odd beings. His monster friends mistakenly eat the bully, but then spit up the bits and sew the pieces together. When the nighttime escapades finally end, the bully has been brought back to life and Michael has learned a bit of kung fu. His new skills don't help him in the end, but the girl he likes rescues him and things work out just fine. The richly colored panels work effectively with the intentionally wild plot. Most of the characters look a little bit scary, a little bit funny, and definitely unique. The grinning, bright-red dog and the spooky/fatherly Captain of the Dead, for example, are intriguing characters because of the comic artwork. The story itself moves briskly from one adventure to the next, peppered with mild humor. When the rabbi offers to build a golem for Michael, the boy has to refuse because he's "not allowed to bring giant dudes to school." The mildly gruesome illustrations and off-the-wall storytelling will not appeal to all kids, but fans of comics, silliness, and dark humor will appreciate the unusual approach.-Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The spotlight shifts to Little Vampire's new human friend Michael in this mistitled sequel to Little Vampire Goes to School (p. 810). Beaten up in front of his girlfriend Sabrina by a bully named Jeffrey, Michael eagerly follows his undead buddy into a magic painting to meet Rabbi Solomon, feline "cat-balist" and kung-fu master. After a quick bout or two, Michael's ready to rumble; unfortunately, in the meantime a trio of Little Vampire's over-helpful monster friends have gone to Jeffrey's house and eaten him. Several misadventures later, Jeffrey's pieced back together-and though in the ensuing battle Michael's martial arts skills disappear as quickly as they came, Sabrina sends the bully staggering off in a daze. Illustrated in crowded cartoon panels, the newest episode in this freewheeling graphic mini-novel offers plenty of gags (in more than one sense of the word), but will be incomprehensible to readers unfamiliar with the first chapter. (Picture book. 9-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689857690
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/5/2003
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 11.84 (h) x 0.33 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2005

    Little Vampire Does Kung Fu!

    Giving this book a score of one star is way to generous, but it is the lowest I can go on this scale. I do not see that this book has an audience. There is subject matter in the book that is clearly for 13 and up,or at least how we rate our movies, yet it is marketed to 10 yrs and some reviews even lower. The main character of the book not only discusses that he would like to kill another child, but specifically how he would like to do it, 'with his Grandfathers shotgun'. He also talks about how he is depansed in front of a girl he likes then beaten, after he informs his assailants that he does have parents its just that they are dead. Then I don't see how the story line could keep the interest of a child 13 years or older. The author seams to be out of place righting childrens books for teenagers that won't read them. My six year old child brought this book home from the school library then brought it to me saying he didn't feel like he should be reading it. To which I quickly agreed after browsing it. Seeing as how if he were to say things like he wanted to kill another child at school with a shotgun, he would be expelled. It makes you wonder who in the world is out there reading these books before placing them into the hands of our children with a stamp of approval. At the end of the day it might not be what your children hear Marilyn Manson sing, or the fact that they play violent video games that cause you concern, it might be what they are reading from the school library. How ironic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2005

    Terrible and misleading

    I was shocked and appalled when my first grader brought this book home from his school's library. The first page speaks of Michael wanting to 'kill' his bully Jeffery. The book continues and Jeffery is killed and split into pieces by Micheal's monster friends. This book has a strong anti-chirstian, anti-jewish, anti-right and wrong agenda which should never be allowed in any elementary school in this country. Very bad. Any parent should read any book by this author before allowing their child to read it. I would love to give this book NAGATIVE 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2003

    Clever, funny, endearing, intelligent, zany

    This is great stuff. Sfar is among the few comic book authors who speaks to all ages. His books are full of heart, whacky and surprisingly smart. This is the second in the Little Vampire series. The first is also a must on the bookshelf of any 10 and up. One of the few comicbooks that's as popular with boys and girls.

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