22 November, 2011

Zombie In Love - Review

It's Picture Book Month and what better way to celebrate than with a review of a great new picture book? For more info on Picture Book Month, please go to the official site. Now onto the review!

Zombie in Love 
by Kelly DiPucchio (writer), Scott Campbell (illustrator)
Publication date: 23 August 2011 by Atheneum
ISBN 10/13: 1442402709 | 9781442402706

Category: Children's Picture Book
Keywords: Children's, zombies, love
Format: Hardcover, ebook

Thuy's review:

Mortimer is a lonely zombie looking for love. He tries everything he can think of to impress the ladies - from a box of delicious worms, a diamond ring fresh from the grave and even offers up a heart (newly deceased), but nothing works. What’s a ghoul supposed to do? Mortimer decides puts a personal ad in the local paper in the hopes that the perfect girl will see it. But does Mortimer’s dream girl show up at Cupid’s Ball or is Mortimer doomed to stalk the earth alone? 

I LOVE Zombie in Love! My friends will all tell you that I have a thing for zombies. I’m not sure what it is but I find them to be endlessly fascinating and zombies seem to be having a renaissance right now with the popularity of The Walking Dead and books like Warm Bodies and Ashes. However, these are all made for and older audience, leaving kids out of the zombie fun (yes, zombies are fun). Luckily for your children (and me), Kelly DiPucchio had the brilliance to write a zombie love story perfect for children and adults alike.

Zombie in Love is a sweet and funny love story full of quiet humor and visual gags and each page was a delight to read. The story is one that both children and adults will enjoy. Kids will undoubtedly like the gross factor of this book. There are plenty of hanging limbs, open wounds and protruding bones to giggle and poke fun at. There’s even a cute zombie dog and friendly worms to keep Mortimer company on his quest for love. Scott Campbell’s whimsical illustrations are the perfect compliment to DiPucchio’s story. I would be happy to read this aloud to a child and am, in fact, plotting to get a few copies as gifts for some recently born babies. This book is a great read for any child or zombie loving adult!

zombie art
A couple of months ago I went to the Scott C signing of Zombie in Love at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA. Scott was on hand to read the book aloud to a good size audience. The reading was followed by some interactive zombie drawing and a signing, finished off with a zombie prom party. There were some people dressed in really awesome costumes and a photo book was set up as well. Below is a small selection of pics form the event. For more photos, visit Nucleus' page here or go here to see all of the photos taken at the zombie prom photo booth.

scott c reading from zombie in love

drawing matilda
various incarnations of mortimer
look at that smile!
take a pic at the prom

brain cake (no i did not have any)

acting ridiculous
Thanks for stopping by. What do you think of Zombie in Love? Does it make you want to eat braaaaaaaaains?

You can find Kelly DiPucchio at www.kellydipucchio.com or on Twitter @kellydipucchio
 Find Scott C at www.pyramidcar.com or on Twitter @scottlava


  1. Thanks for all the zombie love!! What a great review & cool pics!
    Eternally grateful...

  2. hi kelly! ahhhh - thanks for stopping by! zombie in love is a new favorite picture book and i intend to buy it for all of my friends with kids. :)

  3. Absolutely adore Zombie in Love! I hope Mort and Matty have more adventures...