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Book Review: The Very Hungry Zombie: A Parody by Jonathan Apple and Micheal Teitelbaum

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There have been many parodies of classic children’s books, but The Very Hungry Zombie, based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is one of the funniest, cleverest, and most colorful I’ve seen.

However, if your child is young enough for The Very Hungry Caterpillar don’t give him or her The Very Hungry Zombie. You should wait until around age eight or so, when the child is old enough to get the joke.

Of course, for older kids, say between 20 and 80, this is an excellent idea for gift giving or for buying for yourself!

Everybody is interested in zombies these days, and everybody knows they eat brains. But if that was all they ever ate, that would be boring. So as you turn the pages of this book, you can count the other things the very hungry zombie eats on every day of the week, including fingers and other body parts, as well as different sorts of people, like clowns, rock stars and astronauts, which all affect his tummy in different ways. Brains are the dessert, of course!

The book even has the little holes to put your fingers as you count, just like the classic board book for little ones.

The illustrations here are more humorous than scary, and are charming in a dark sort of way, the bright colors being a brilliant choice for the subject matter. The pictures and the clever words will certainly make any zombie fan laugh!

This is a book that the reader will pick up and enjoy over and over again, and which will ensure many laughs. It may well become a family favorite. If you buy it for an older child or teenager, they may even pass it down to their children or teenagers one day.

Assuming, of course, that we don’t end up as dinner!

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About Rhetta Akamatsu

I am an author of non-fiction books and an online journalist. My books include Haunted Marietta, The Irish Slaves, T'ain't Nobody's Business If I Do: Blues Women Past and Present, and Sex Sells: Women in Photography and Film.
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