Angela Sommer-Bodenburg

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Angela Sommer-Bodenburg (born December 18, 1948 in Reinbek, Germany[1]) 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."[1] 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.

Angela Sommer-Bodenburg studied education, philosophy, and sociology at the University of Hamburg. She was assistant master at intermediate and secondary school in Hamburg, Germany from 1972 to 1984[1] and wrote the first chapter of "The Little Vampire" as an experiment to get to see what types of literature could hold the interest of her students.[2] In 1984, she retired from teaching and dedicated herself to painting and writing. She has written more than forty books both for children and adults, from poetry to novels. She calls the success of the "Little Vampire" series a "mixed blessing" to her career as an author stating on her website: "I was pigeon-holed as the author of children's books and, within this pigeon-hole, I was further classified as the author of vampire books." [2]

She moved to Rancho Santa Fe, California in the 1992 after visiting the production company, Propaganda Films, in Hollywood that wished to make the film version of The Little Vampire. In 2004, she moved to Silver City, New Mexico.[2]



Little Vampire series[edit]

The first five books of Sommer-Bodenburg's debut series (original German title: Der kleine Vampir), when released in the United States, all excluded the word "Little" from the title. The first book was also released as My Friend the Vampire. Only volumes 1-5 were released in the United States. All other English translations were released in the United Kingdom.

Andersen Press[edit]
Simon & Schuster Young Books[edit]
MacDonald Young Books[edit]
Untranslated to English[edit]

These have yet to be released with an English translation.




  1. ^ a b c * Source: Angela Sommer-Bodenburg Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2002.
  2. ^ a b c Author's website

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