You'll Never Guess What Just Got Zombified

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, zombies
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Remember Mark Hill's list of Nine Reasons the Zombie Fad Must Die? You must - it's the second most-popular TR article since I've been here. And this quote from Mark's piece came to mind today:

"Remember, kids, Something Popular + Zombies = Success. No creativity needed! So go ahead and mindlessly contribute to the zombie takeover of all pop culture. "That's a thing I recognize, but as a zombie! Wow!!" your friends will say, after you become the thousandth person to zombify the Mona Lisa instead of doing something productive with your life.

So guess what just got its own zombie parody?

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Yes, George W. Bush's favorite children's book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has been undeadified. Rarely is the question asked: is our children zombie-killing?

In this dead-on parody of a children's classic, The Very Hungry Zombie (Skyhorse Publishing, October 2012), tells of a zombie who eats his way through a variety of his favorite foods, including clowns, astronauts, rock stars, fingers, and brains.

With vivid, playful art and amusing text, The Very Hungry Zombie will appeal to picture-book lovers of all ages. Adults will catch its slightly demented humor. Older kids who grew up on classic board books will love the fun of the parody. And because the art leans toward humor rather than truly graphic grossness, a new generation of little ones may just grow up loving a creepy zombie whose gluttony earns him a bellyache.

Oh, I get it - "dead-on" because it's a zombie. Maybe I'm misunderestimating the marketplace, but I'm not sure who the actual target audience will be.

If it's you, you can find it on Amazon right now. Though if you actually know of any book stores, do patronize them to help bring the dead (market) back to life in a good way.

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