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The Little Vampire So, I dug up my 1987 beat up copy and I m rereading it I had forgotten how cute this was I want to have a vampire show up at my window and befriend me It seems that 25 years have passed and I still have the same dream I did at 8 Sadly, it hasn t come true yet My favorite childhood series Also, where my love of all things vampire was born at the tender age of 8 I still have the paperbacks of the whole series and I ll treasure them forever.First read So, I dug up my 1987 beat up copy and I m rereading it I had forgotten how cute this was I want to have a vampire show up at my window and befriend me It seems that 25 years have passed and I still have the same dream I did at 8 Sadly, it hasn t come true yet My favorite childhood series Also, where my love of all things vampire was born at the tender age of 8 I still have the paperbacks of the whole series and I ll treasure them forever.First read in 1987 For whatever reason, I loved this book But I got in trouble when I invented a game of vampire tag at my fundamentalist Christian elementary school. I checked these books out of my elementary school library over and over again This series created my vampire obsession. I read this so many times I was young So Many Times.The illustrations are still charming and maybe the best part of the whole book I remembered the illustrations long after I d forgotten the story itself The story is cute, and I can see why it appealed to me when I was young Tony, a 9 year old boy, has a vampire Rudolph visit his window one night and they become friends They go on late night adventures, including hanging out at the cemetery with the help of a magical cape, Tony can fly I read this so many times I was young So Many Times.The illustrations are still charming and maybe the best part of the whole book I remembered the illustrations long after I d forgotten the story itself The story is cute, and I can see why it appealed to me when I was young Tony, a 9 year old boy, has a vampire Rudolph visit his window one night and they become friends They go on late night adventures, including hanging out at the cemetery with the help of a magical cape, Tony can fly with Rudolph Rudolph s sister forms a crush on Tony Tony s parents are very suspicious but ultimately too clueless to figure out what s going on, etc But the writing itself is so so And I don t think I feel that way just because I m an adult who expects a different style of writing I read enough children s books that I know what to expect and how to adjust myself to that mindset, and ultimately, good writing is good writing no matter what the format, what my age, etc I think I ll read the second book in the series to make an ultimate decision on the Little Vampire series I loved these books when I was young, I used to read them over and over again I m sure part of my fascination with vampires as an adult comes from Sommer Bodenburg s Little Vampire Anton is a 9 year old boy who likes horror stories and befriends Rudiger, a vampire who looks about his age His parents don t believe in vampires and are skeptical about his new friend, while Rudiger s sister, Anna, joins the boys in their adventures Reading this so many years later, I was not disappointed at al I loved these books when I was young, I used to read them over and over again I m sure part of my fascination with vampires as an adult comes from Sommer Bodenburg s Little Vampire Anton is a 9 year old boy who likes horror stories and befriends Rudiger, a vampire who looks about his age His parents don t believe in vampires and are skeptical about his new friend, while Rudiger s sister, Anna, joins the boys in their adventures Reading this so many years later, I was not disappointed at all I still found it wonderful, funny, charming and quite unique in its premise I started reading this with my first grader and then finished it on my own, because I enjoyed the story so much Anton or Tony in the English version is a third grader who befriends a young vampire boy in this charming story They go on adventures together, visit Anton s family vault, go flying with a magic cape, and have a run in with the new cemetery groundskeeper I really enjoyed this story I was intrigued by the little vampire s name, Rudolph Sackville Bagg Now why, I thought, would he I started reading this with my first grader and then finished it on my own, because I enjoyed the story so much Anton or Tony in the English version is a third grader who befriends a young vampire boy in this charming story They go on adventures together, visit Anton s family vault, go flying with a magic cape, and have a run in with the new cemetery groundskeeper I really enjoyed this story I was intrigued by the little vampire s name, Rudolph Sackville Bagg Now why, I thought, would he be named after a disliked branch of hobbits from the world of JRR Tolkien Turns out that this is simply the English version of his name, and very English it is I would have much preferred his original, German name, R diger von Schlotterstein I think we English readers lost out here Nicely done Tony, a nine year old horror story addict is delighted when a little vampire called Rudolph lands on his windowsill one evening and, together, the two have a series of hilarious adventures involving visits to Rudolph s home The Vampire Family Vault where Tony narrowly escapes the clutches of Great Aunt Dorothy I thought my german was advanced enough for me to read a book I loved as a kid in its original language and I was pretty much right I had to look up some words though, but I managed to read most of it without a problem, and it didn t take me very long I definitely want to readchildren s books in german. Originally posted here.Nostalgia ahoy I think I was in the third grade the first time I read this book In fact, I m almost positive I was because that was the year that The Lost Boys came out, and I developed my first vampire obsession Of course, being in the third grade, I wasn t yet allowed to check books out of the library that would ve matched thematically with The Lost Boys, so I made do with what I could find, giving my librarian the elementary school version of the stink eye the entir Originally posted here.Nostalgia ahoy I think I was in the third grade the first time I read this book In fact, I m almost positive I was because that was the year that The Lost Boys came out, and I developed my first vampire obsession Of course, being in the third grade, I wasn t yet allowed to check books out of the library that would ve matched thematically with The Lost Boys, so I made do with what I could find, giving my librarian the elementary school version of the stink eye the entire time.Enter My Friend the Vampire, first published auf Deutsch as Der Kleine Vampir in 1979 That s this book I m not entirely sure why the first US edition had a different name than all the others, and right now I m too lazy to go digging through the internet to find out.Anyway I read the first book and then the next 3 or 4, then lamented the fact that there didn t appear to be any books about human boy Tony and his vampire friends Rudolph and Anna A few years ago, I decided to go looking for these books, thinking my oldest son would be into them, only to discover that they were out of print and people on the internet want to charge ridiculous amounts of money for them.I sighed with sadness Not just because I wasn t willing to spend upwards of 100 on a book for my kids, but because I learned that there were MANY MORE BOOKS that just hadn t ever made it over to the US They were translated into English and sold in the UK, but just never made it over here.AND THEN, late last year, I decided to go looking for them AGAIN when I was writing my own letter to Santa.I was overjoyed to find that this first book was available as an ebook, AND that Open Road Media was offering it up on NetGalley I pounced.When I was approved, there may have been okay, there totally was a squeal of joy.I kind of wanted to put off reading it, thoughbecause what if it wasn t as great as I remembered it being It d beenthan 25 years since the first time I read it, and I m definitely not the same reader I was then.I was worried for nothing.Not only is the story of how Tony meets Rudolph and his sister Anna, who hasn t got her proper teeth yet, so can only drink milk just as charming as I remember it being, but I d dare to say it s even better than I had built it up to be in my mind.Some things feel dated, but I think that might be part of its charm There s no internet for Tony to go looking up information about vampires, he and his family and eventually his vampire friends sit around playing board games together, there s still a late night scary movie on every weekendit s just a lot of fun.If you are interested in picking up The Little Vampire for yourself or a younger reader you may know , head over to Open Road for links to booksellers that have the ebook It s currently 5 or less at most vendors, which is a pretty darn good deal.I have my fingers crossed that eventually the rest of the books will be re released and make their way onto my reader Thanks again to Open Road Media for the eGalley and to Emily in the Children s Department for answering my questions about the possibility ofreleases The second installment of this popular series, The Little Vampire Moves In, was one of my childhood favourites, and even inspired me to make a vampire cape for a Halloween party Even though I have read the book countless of times, it s in an excellent shape I loaned some of the next installments from the library ages ago, but in a random order and I can t remember anything about them any It doesn t really matter that much if you don t read the books in order, but I have an obsession for i The second installment of this popular series, The Little Vampire Moves In, was one of my childhood favourites, and even inspired me to make a vampire cape for a Halloween party Even though I have read the book countless of times, it s in an excellent shape I loaned some of the next installments from the library ages ago, but in a random order and I can t remember anything about them any It doesn t really matter that much if you don t read the books in order, but I have an obsession for it I finally wanted to read this first one, and dive into the nostalgic world of the von Schlotterstein vampire family.This did have the familiar magic, although I didn t get the exactly same feeling of excitement that I used to The series was my first confrontation with vampires, and maybe partly because of this I prefer the traditional vampires that smell like sweaty coffins and soil Here vampires aren t too tame, as you would think from a children s book, but for example aunt Dorothee still had that creepy air around her It was interesting to realise that the feeding habits of vampires aren t even once referred to directly as biting Anton s family is charming, but not ridiculously perfect Mom gets a tad too curious all the time and dad gets angry easily A special mention goes to Amelie Glinke s illustrations, which stuck into my mind ever since I saw them for the first time The delicate gossamer pencil lines fit perfectly for the atmosphere, and the characters to the overall charming character of the book

  • Paperback
  • 168 pages
  • The Little Vampire
  • Angela Sommer-Bodenburg
  • English
  • 01 March 2019
  • 3499212803

About the Author: Angela Sommer-Bodenburg

Angela Sommer Bodenburg is the author of a number of fantasy books for children Her most famous contribution to the field of children s fantasy is The Little Vampire series which has sold over 10 million copies and has been translated into over 30 languages Sommer Bodenburg states that her vampire is not a bloodthirsty monster, however, but an affectionate little vampire with fears and foibles who will perhaps help free children of their own fears The novel, written in 1979, spawned a series of books, and the plot has been adapted to theatre, radio, cinema, and television A Canadian German TV series was released in 1986 and a film version, directed by Uli Edel was released in 2000.