Synopses & Reviews
Heand#8217;s limping strangely down the hall with outstretched arms and a groaning drawl. A zombie! Could it really be? You race to class, but turn to see heand#8217;s sitting in the desk right next to you!
But odds are youand#8217;ll probably be okay, because this is no ordinary zombie. This zombie doesnand#8217;t want to eat your brainsand#151;he wants to eat your books! Hide your textbooks and your fairy tales, because the little zombie is hungry and he doesnand#8217;t discriminate between genres. Will the school library be devoured, or will the children discover something the zombie likes to do with books even more than eating them?
This monster book is silly and fun, with a strong message about kindness and friendship. The little zombie teaches kids not to jump to conclusions and to give everyone a chance. And when a real-life mummy shows up, the zombie is the first to step up and offer the mummy his friendshipand#151;and to teach her a few things about the joy of books. This is the perfect monster book for little ones who want a thrill but arenand#8217;t looking for anything too scary.
For kids ages 3 to 6, this is not a scary monster book; rather, it's a great introduction to the importance of reading books and all that you can learn from them. This should have a big draw to librarians and booksellers as well as kids who enjoy books about monster. None of the monsters in the book are scary, however, and it's not a book about kids trying overcome the monsters in their house or fight them. Instead, the kids actually are kind to the zombie and draw him into their friend circle, which is a great lesson for kids to learn.
"The new kid at school turns out to be a green zombie, but he's interested in eating books, not brains. Parker contributes vibrant, chunky digital illustrations that evoke a sense of real chaos as the young zombie chomps his way through textbooks and paperbacks before setting his sights even higher. Unfortunately, Lefranc's rhymes tend to lurch around in a manner not unlike that of her green antihero ('The zombie stops and shoots a glare,/ then tilts his head to sniff the air./ His monstrous plan I quickly see/ is to devour the library'), sapping some of the fun from the story. The narrator, a boy in a striped shirt and glasses, is able to turn the zombie's attention from eating books to reading them, but the last-minute arrival of a mummy, who the zombie subdues in turn, feels tacked on and rushed. Ages 3 6. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
is a certified childrenand#8217;s yoga teacher and mother to three girls and one young boy. Karin grew up all over the world, living in Sweden, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. She attended Bard College in New York and had the opportunity to travel the world again while working for IDG Books helping to license the For Dummiesand#174; series into over thirty-five languages. This is Karinand#8217;s debut picture book. She resides with her family in Simsbury, Connecticut.
Tyler Parker received his BFA in illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art and also has an MA in Sequential Design and Illustration from the University of Brighton. He is the illustrator of more than seven childrenand#8217;s books including Monsters Meet on Mondays and The Ice Cream Shuffle. He currently resides in Seattle, Washington.