My son picked up this book and ran across the crowded room of people at his school's book fair to show it to me, "Mom, look! Zombies!"
"Holy Moly!" I said. I turned a couple of pages and pushed a couple of buttons and was like, "This book must come home with me." I told my kids to go pick out some books for themselves because this one was mine--MINE. I was going to put it on the book shelf next to The Zombie Night Before Christmas (oh, yeah! I own it. That's right).
I love zombie books! I love interactive books! I have the attention span of a gnat. This is my kind of book. It doesn't get much better than this. (Shameless book plug here: WANTED: Dead or Undead will be a pretty freakin' cool zombie book, too. Coming this March *bats eyes*).
The illustrations are to die for (ha,ha. I made a punny). There isn't any blood and gore, so the cartoon drawings are completely appropriate for kids who would get a kick out this kind of thing. There is an awful lot of oozing faces, worms, and brain eating though, so if you have a squeamish kid (wimp) then buy them Diary of a Wimpy Kid (ha,ha, another punny). I found the book stayed true to the whole zombie portrayal of grossness and wasn't sugar coated just because it was designed for kids. There is no such thing as a cute zombie, so I was grateful Travis Millard, the illustrator, took that into consideration.
The one truly sad thing I found about this book: it's lack of appreciation. I volunteered at the book fair for two whole hours and not one kid bought this book. What is wrong with kids now days? Come on! They are truly missing out. So sad. BUT, on a high note, MY KID grabbed it. Ahhh, the smartest boy in the school even if his grades don't reflect it :)
So on to the good stuff. A Youtube video for ya so you can get a taste of this truly awesome book (I sure wish I thought of this book idea--dang it. So clever. Mental note: be more clever).
If ever you are at the mall during an apocalypse (zombies are always found in malls.Every horror movie says so--if ever I'm a zombie, I will be at the mall. You can count on that) and should you need to speak with a zombie or need help in understanding what they might be trying to say. Practice this :
[BUTTON #1] Pronunciation: aarrrhhhZZZrrhhhzzraRRRzrrssaaahhhhlll
Translation: "Is this on sale?" (Zombies still want good deals)
If you're a zombie and have the desire to visit your local coffee shop for a caffeine fix, knowing this phrase will help. OR, if you're an employee at said coffee shop and a zombie comes in, take a moment and listen to what they're trying to say. They might only want coffee and not your brains.
Translation: "Skinny double half-caf soy latte."
The other buttons, well, you will just have to buy the book and find out for yourself.
Look what else I bought at the book fair...yeah, stickers.
I bought nine of them. "Why," you might ask. "Why not?" I would say. I'm keeping one. The others will be included in swag packages when my zombie book comes out in March (see how I slipped in another plug for my book). I've been collecting zombie goodies--brains, shirts, suckers, antibacterial wash, jewelry, and now STICKERS--to give away. Yep, I'm a bit obsessed. So what if I'm wearing my zombie t-shirt to bed as I write this. It's cool. And normal.
Oh, and another cool thing I noticed at this book fair, I didn't see one vampire anything. Take that vampires! Zombies are starting to catch up and kick your glittery behinds :)
If you love zombies as much as I do (and I know you do--it's okay to admit it. I just said it was cool and normal) then you need to check out the ZOMBIE CRAZE coming May 2012 hosted by THE BOOKISH BRUNETTE. She hosted one last year with lots of zombie giveaways. You definitely don't want to miss this undead party! I mean, just look at her cool badge over there in my sidebar---> She sure loves her zombies.
Leave a comment and tell me what your feelings are about the undead. I dare ya. I double dog dare ya.