» » Little Vampire Does Kung Fu!

Download Little Vampire Does Kung Fu! epub

by Joann Sfar

When his best friend Michael is tormented by the school bully, gutsy Little Vampire concocts a clever plan that will teach the bully a valuable lesson, but his scheme soon goes awry--with hilarious results!
Download Little Vampire Does Kung Fu! epub
ISBN: 0689857691
ISBN13: 978-0689857690
Category: Children
Subcategory: Growing Up & Facts of Life
Author: Joann Sfar
Language: English
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (September 1, 2003)
Pages: 40 pages
ePUB size: 1791 kb
FB2 size: 1163 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 459
Other Formats: lrf lit txt mbr

"Little Vampire Does Kung Fu!" ("Petit Vampire fait du Kung-Fu!") begins not with the Little Vampire but his young human friend, Michael, who tells his grandfather how he was picked on, de-pants, and beaten up by the kids at school. Michael's Grandpa tells him he did the right thing by not fighting, but the young boy is not sure. He was humiliated and is so angry that he wants to kill his tormentors. When Michael tells his story again at the Little Vampire's dog Phantomat has a few brutal suggestions as to what should be done to Michael's chief tormentor, Jeffrey. But Little Vampire has a different solution and takes Michael to see Rabbi Solomon, the Kung fu master, who lives in a painting in Little Vampire's house.

You see, in haunted houses you can go in paintings, so they visit Rabbi Solomon who first suggests building a golem to protect Michael. But teaching Kung fu to Michael is the best plan, only the book is lost and Michael has to go and get it. Unfortunately, to get the book he must defeat a Siamese dragon call Lumpini with a nunchaku, which is rather difficult to do if you do not know any martial arts.

Now, at this point you might think you know what is happening in this story, but Joann Sfar likes to toss in a few twists and turns and in this case being a Kung fu master will not allow you to defend yourself from the attack of a bully if all of your monster friends have already eaten the kid. Since Albert Einstein and his science cannot be any help, they need a magician. Fast. So the Captain of the Dead sends them to the Felicity Tree and if you think you have any clue as to how this one is going to end you are going to be surprised.

After reading "Little Vampire Goes to School" I really did think that there was no way the next book in the series could be as great, and "Little Vampire Does Kung Fun!" is indeed not as great as the first one, but that does not mean it is not a first rate tale. The story is certainly as complex and Sfar's imagination is even more impressive this time around. But the story really is "Michael Does Kung Fu," and while the Little Vampire along with his family and friends are certainly involved they are really supporting characters (although the support offered by Marguerite, Claude, and Ophtamol is certainly more than most friends will do for you when confronted by a bully).

As for the lesson being taught here, I am not so sure that there really is a moral to the story as much as I think there is an attendant irony. Michael expresses the anger and frustration many of us felt when being tormented by bullies who added insult to injury by not only beating us up but by being stupid as well. This book, translated by Mark and Alexis Siegel, is intended for young readers ages 10 and up, but it is one of those delightful books that is really too good for kids because they are not going to get all of the humor.

So we need for Simon & Schuster to get the rest of the Little Vampire books translated toute-suite. Next is "Petit vampire et la société protectrice des chiens," and then "Petit vampire et la maison qui avait l'air normale," followed by "Petit vampire et la maison qui avait l'air normale" and "Petit Vampire et les Pères Noël verts." Then we can move on to the first volume of the Grand Vampire series, "Cupidon s'en fout." I can hardly wait.
There are some books that you read when you were a child and then, reading them to your children now, you realize that times have changed and that the book you loved as a child no longer reflects the values you hold.

This book is like that, but without the waiting part.

My six-year-old son brought this book home from the library at school, and we sat down to read it before bedtime. I made it about two frames into the comic book (or graphic novel) when I got to the part about him wanting to kill a kid at school. Normally, I will just slightly change the words of books when reading to him if it is something that we don't want him picking up (e.g., change "stupid" to "silly"). But with this book, it was impossible. How do you clean up "I want to kill that kid at school?" The violent and inappropriate words and general negativity permeated the entire storyline, and we didn't make it past the first page before I determined it was inappropriate for a six-year-old.

I thumbed through the rest of the book and saw a continuation of the violence and negative imagery as well, but I admit that I have not read the entire thing. It is possible that the book has some redeeming themes and a positive outcome, but I am not willing to subject my child to the violent and inappropriate words and images necessary to get there.

My philosophy is that we should be teaching our children positive behaviors. They will get enough of the negative from sources outside of our control.

I would not recommend this book to anyone of any age. I'd give it zero stars if that were an option.
Little Vampire Does Kung Fu is a sequel to the fantastic Little Vampire Goes to School, and it continues the story of Little Vampire and his friend, Michael. Here, Michael's having some trouble with some kids at school, who are beating him up. Little Vampire takes him to see a rabbi who lives in a painting in his house, who also happens to be a kung fu master. On the rabbi's instruction, Michael braves a multitude of attacking monkeys and a steep climb to a hill-top temple to ultimately fight a Siamese dragon. Now he himself is skilled at kung fu, and he looks forward to standing up for himself against the main bully at school. But there is a small problem: the monsters in Little Vampire's entourage ate the bully. A bit of grim madness ensues as Michael and Little Vampire talk the monster into regurgitating him and then sew him back together, with the goal of resurrecting him. This goes not very well until some magicians are called in, when things get really interesting. Fortunately, the Captain of the Dead gets involved to fix everything.

I have to say that the book is not as good as Little Vampire Goes to School, but is still very enjoyable. We see mostly the same hilarious characters from the first book, and there are more life lessons--in this case, especially about the use of violence to resolve problems. Again, goofiness reigns supreme, with absurd situations proposed and resolved in amusing ways. The art is colorful and handles the sometimes grim subject matter without glorifying or minimizing violence. As with the first Little Vampire book, I would recommend having a look at the book before buying it for a child in your life, as the topics might be a bit morbid for your preference.
Certainly not for children. The vocabulary used in the book along with notion of the boy wanting to take revenge on his tormentor by killing him is unacceptable.
Then there's also the suggestion grandpa killed a Gestapo agent (to save his life).
What kind of a book is this?
I am perfectly fine with broadening my child's horizons but this book is certainly not acceptable nor does it have anything I would want my kid to pick up.
Terrible, certainly not recommended.