Thursday, August 25, 2011

Zombie in Love

Zombie in Love
By Kelly DiPucchio
Illustrated by Scott Campbell
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011. Unpaged picture book.

Mortimer is a lonely zombie who longs for a date to Cupid's Ball. His attempts at love are delightfully gruesome, as he offers girls a fancy box of chocolates (laden with worms) or a shiny red heart (literally, a human heart). Nothing he does impresses the ladies, but Mortimer persists. He places a personal ad in the newspaper: "TALL, DEAD, & HANDSOME" and requests a meeting at Cupid's Ball for any interested parties. At the ball, he waits and waits for his perfect match, and lo and behold Mildred appears. She's a drop-dead gorgeous zombie! It is, of course, love at first "bite."

This is a strange but loveable book. Campbell's illustrations are interesting, and I loved the hilarious sight gags. All in all, a fun zombie tale for the younger crowd.

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