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Zombie in Love
Contributor(s): Dipucchio, Kelly, Campbell, Scott (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1442402709     ISBN-13: 9781442402706
Publisher: Atheneum
    OUR PRICE: $14.39  
Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: August 2011
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Annotation: When all his efforts to find a sweetheart fail, Mortimer the zombie decides to place an ad in the newspaper.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Zombies; Juvenile fiction.
Picture books for children.
Zombies; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Valentine's Day
- Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Halloween
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2009025640
Lexile Measure: 400
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.25" H x 7.00" W x 0.25" (0.75 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 147143
Reading Level: 2.3   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q53824
Reading Level: 1.3   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring)
Lonely Mortimer the zombie tries hard to woo a sweetheart using chocolates (with worms), a heart (real), and a shiny ring (still on a finger). A unique personal ad--"If you like taking walks in the graveyard..."--builds tension as Mortimer waits for a match. Muted watercolor illustrations take the edge off the macabre by infusing humorous details throughout the zombie love story.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 June #3)

Zombies have filtered down from YA to middle readers, and now there's a picture book for the youngest zombie fans. Campbell, a comics and video game artist, gives Mortimer the zombie just the right degree of repellant charm—he has pet worms who play cards, a headstone for a computer monitor, and a goggle-eyed dog who gnaws on a hand that may or may not be real. Mortimer's gifts for girls fall flat (a still-beating heart, a ring on a disembodied finger), and he fears he won't find a date for Cupid's Ball. Nobody answers his personal ad, written to the tune of Rupert Holmes's "Escape" ("If you like taking walks in the graveyard/ and falling down in the rain"); it might be his smile, to which Campbell devotes a closeup—greenish, with fuzzy peg teeth. After rejections that will make lovelorn readers flinch, Mildred the girl zombie shows up at last, and she's "drop-dead gorgeous." DiPucchio (The Sandwich Swap) exchanges zombie horror for romantic agony; instead of fearing him, the thin-skinned will suffer right along with hapless Mortimer. Ages 4–8. (Aug.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 August)

Gr 1–3—Mortimer the zombie is lonely and desperately wants a sweetheart, but every time he reaches out to a human girl, disaster strikes. The wormy chocolates disgust, the real heart terrifies, and the ring on a severed finger scares. He just doesn't seem to have that devil-may-care romantic dash. He places a personal ad, and, on the night of the Cupid's Ball, he waits and waits for the right girl to arrive. Finally, she does and makes a disastrous entrance, knocking over the punch bowl. She smiles at him with the same Frankensteinlike teeth he has and his heart melts. This silly story features loads of sight gags that sharp-eyed children will enjoy. When the zombie is working out and his arm falls off, chuckles are guaranteed. The color cartoon illustrations are over-the-top, which makes the comic effects even more obvious. This giggler will grab those children who like their zombies funny.—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

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