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Little Vampire
     

Little Vampire

by Joann Sfar, Edward Gauvin (Translator)
 

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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
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

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Three stories are combined in this graphic novel. Told in comic-book format, the first story tells of Little Vampire's sudden wish to go to school. Alas, when he arrives, he finds that no other children are there at night. The other ghosts and monsters are obliging, though, and go to school with him. Little Vampire breaks one rule—he writes in one of the notebooks left on his desk. Once day breaks and the real pupils enter the class, Michael Duffin is amazed to see that his algebra homework has been done for him. Eventually, Little Vampire and Michael begin corresponding and finally meet. Some of the dialogue is fairly heavy—Michael tells the Flying Dutchman that he does not believe in God since his parents died and left him an orphan. An aura of loneliness surrounds both Little Vampire and Michael, so the reader is delighted that they find each other. "Little Vampire Does Kung Fu!" tells how Little Vampire helps his friend, Michael, deal with a school bully. Off they go for help at night to an unusual kung fu master, Rabbi Solomon. 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. New to readers is "Little Vampire and the Canine Defenders Club." It is a fairly complex story, because it is a rant against the use of animals, inthis case dogs, to test cosmetics and also a story of friendship. Little Vampire and his pal Michael do what they can to rescue the dogs from the laboratory and help them find new homes. There is plenty of action and characters from previous Little Vampire stories. Younger readers may not understand the message about using animals in testing, but older readers and adults will. All readers will be able to relate to the dog's rescue and their desire to find a loving home. The comic book panels are full of details, and the format is easy to follow. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot, Dr. Judy Rowen, Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
KLIATT - George Galuschak
Little Vampire is a young—maybe "small" would be a better word—vampire who dwells in a spooky old house with his mother, Pandora; a host of bizarre monsters; and a beet-red dog named Phantomato. One night Little Vampire decides to go to school; the other ghosts play along and soon the classrooms are full of ghouls, haunts and fiends. When Little Vampire starts doing the homework of Michael, a human boy who attends the same school during the day, it's only a matter of time before they meet and become best friends. Soon Michael is a regular visitor at Little Vampire's mansion, and they are getting into all sorts of trouble together. This volume of Little Vampire collects three tales: "Little Vampire Goes to School," "Little Vampire Does Kung Fu" and "Little Vampire and the Canine Defenders Club." My favorite story chronicles Michael's efforts to learn kung fu in order to fight a bully. Michael seizes The Great Book of Kung Fu from a boxing dragon, only to learn that the helpful monsters in the mansion have already eaten the bully. The monsters spit the bully up and stitch the pieces back together with Pandora's sewing machine, and a group of wizards restores him to life—as a giant. Joann Sfar's art is surreal, with vivid colors, busy panels and fabulous monsters—flying purple octopi, skull-pirates with huge hats, three-headed fiends and talking crocodiles. Little Vampire contains comic book violence and scary monsters and is recommended for graphic novel collections catering to younger readers who enjoy horror and fantasy. Reviewer: George Galuschak
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596432338
Publisher:
First Second
Publication date:
04/29/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
7.88(w) x 9.63(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet 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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