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Sfar, Joann. Vampire loves.

SFAR, Joann. Vampire loves. First Second Books. 192p. illus. c2006. 1596430931. $16.95. SA

Ferdinand is a vampire who lives in a castle in Lithuania. He isn't a very scary Nosferatu: he bites people with one tooth so that they'll think it's a mosquito, and he's constantly sulking about his woman problems. Ferdinand can't seem to keep a girlfriend--he broke up with Lani, who is a mandragora (a combination of a girl and a plant), when he caught her in bed with his best friend. There's Aspirine and Ritaline, a pair of red-haired vampire sisters: Aspirine likes him, but he isn't into her, and he doesn't dare make a move on her sister. Ferdinand eventually goes on a singles cruise, where he meets a Ladies' Wolf, a Wailer, an Invisible Man, a troupe of mummies, and a Sherlock Holmes wannabe.

Vampire Loves is a fine graphic novel for older readers who like their horror mixed with comedy (or vice versa); younger readers might be bored by Ferdinand's girl problems. There is some action, most of it tongue-in-cheek. At times the story gets a little ironic; I don't like feeling that the author is winking at me. The full-color art is cartoonish, but lovingly detailed; Sfar does an excellent job of populating her world with a variety of bizarre, outlandish creatures such as golems, mandragoras, tree-men, ghosts, shades, goat-creatures, witches and putty monsters. Vampire Loves contains profanity (s-bomb and f-bomb) and comic book violence, and is recommended for libraries with collections that cater to older readers. George Galuschak, YA Libn., Montvale PL, Montvale, NJ

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Author:Galuschak, George
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Date:Jul 1, 2006
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