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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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Excerpt from "Little Vampire Rises Again" published February 28th 2008 in Publishers WeeklyThe 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."For full text of the article online click here 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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