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The Little Vampire (Der kleine Vampir) is a children's fantasy series by German author Angela Sommer-Bodenburg that follows the adventures of the child Vampire Rudolph (Rüdiger in the original German version). The series 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 series of books, and the plot has been adapted to theatre, radio, cinema, and television.