When they find a live infant on their doorstep, Mortimer and Mildred are delighted at the surprise addition to their happy zombie family. Before long though, they realize that Sonny is not your average undead toddler: He sleeps at the wrong times; hardly ever cries; and doesn't seem to be developing into a hungry little monster. Fortunately, their fears are extinguished by his first giant screaming bout. With Scott Campbell's comically eerie watercolors and Kelly DiPucchio's "clever and delightfully gross" story, Zombie in Love 2+1 will warm the heart of every living thing that still have has one.
Zombie in Love 2 + 1: with audio recordingby Kelly DiPucchio, Scott Campbell
Happily married zombie couple Mortimer and Mildred are thrilled to be new parents. But having a baby/i>/i>
Mommy, Daddy, and a new baby makes three! A heartwarming—and hair-raising—tale of undead parenting from the bestselling author and illustrator of Zombie in Love, which Kirkus Reviews called “clever and delightfully gross.”
Happily married zombie couple Mortimer and Mildred are thrilled to be new parents. But having a baby isn’t what they expected. Sonny hardly ever cries. His teeth are coming in instead of falling out. And worst of all, he’s awake all day and sleeps through the night.
Mortimer and Mildred are dead tired, and very worried. Will their precious baby boy ever behave like a good little monster?
New York Times bestselling author Kelly DiPucchio and illustrator Scott Campbell team up once again to bring their lovable zombies the family they always wanted.
PreS-Gr 2—In this clever follow-up to DiPucchio and Campbell's Zombie in Love (S. & S., 2011), zombie couple Mortimer and Mildred don't know what to do when a bouncing, live baby shows up on their doorstep. Sonny, as they quickly name him, doesn't care for bat pudding or mud to eat, hardly ever cries or wails, and keeps them awake all day long. They fret over advice books like any new parents, consult the pediatrician, and finally, one day, the boy sleeps through the day. "You know what, darling?" Mildred says to her husband, "I think he has your nose!" And their new baby sure does—he's pulled the nose right off of Daddy's zombie face to use as a teether. That's just one of the icky-funny puns. This book lends itself well to family storytimes: kids will adore the zombie humor, and parents will recognize their own experiences in Mildred and Mortimer's struggles. After all, don't all new parents go through a phase where they feel like zombies?—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
Zombie lovers Mortimer and Mildred, last seen in Zombie in Love, have “a little problem” in the form of the baby left on their doorstep. They happily take Sonny in, but “His teeth were coming in instead of falling out,” he sleeps soundly through the night, and his skin is quite pink compared to their blue-green pallor. A trip to the doctor puts their fears to rest, and before long they are playing “got your nose” in the way only a zombie family can. DiPucchio and Campbell are in ghoulishly comic sync, with plenty of punning and visual gags (brains appear as everything from hobby-horse heads to table lamps) to keep kids cackling. Ages 4–8. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Jan.)
Zombie couple Mildred and Mortimer find a live baby on their doorstep. Although happy to be parents, taking care of a new baby often scares them to death. DiPucchio uses a deadpan tone to recount the couple's stressful transition into parenthood. "Having a baby wasn't what they expected. / Sonny was a fussy eater. His teeth were coming in instead of falling out." The young boy keeps them up all day while sleeping through the night. No matter what they do, the baby seems happy—which completely troubles them. Campbell's watercolor illustrations show gray-green scenes full of comic and faux-gory touches. Small, friendly worms cavort around the smiling baby, who plays with a train made of brains. Fretful that the baby is not well—he hardly ever cries!—Mildred and Mortimer take Sonny to a doctor, who pronounces the baby to be quite healthy. Finally, a growing Sonny tries to liberate himself from his crib and falls out. He erupts into tears and wails. His parents' reaction? " ‘Do you hear that, dear?' Mortimer asked, beaming with pride. ‘It's positively terrifying!' " Soon they are all smiling…and the final close-up shows all three with wide, gap-toothed grins. Rare is the entertaining story that has equal appeal at Valentine's Day and Halloween. Share with a slightly older audience who will fully appreciate the silly yet wonderfully gross details. (Picture book. 5-8)
Meet the Author
Kelly DiPucchio is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Grace for President and numerous other books for kids, including the Crafty Chloe books Crafty Chloe and Dress-Up Mess-Up, as well as Zombie in Love, Zombie in Love 2 + 1, Gaston, and Antoinette. She lives with her husband and three children in Michigan, and you can visit her at KellyDiPucchio.com.
Scott Campbell’s paintings have appeared in numerous shows and publications around the world. He has created award-winning comics, such as “Igloo Head and Tree Head,” which appeared in the Flight anthology, and is the illustrator of Zombie in Love and Zombie in Love 2 + 1 by Kelly DiPucchio; East Dragon, West Dragon by Robyn Eversole; and If Dogs Run Free by Bob Dylan. Scott lives in New York City. Visit him at PyramidCar.com.
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Both my sons (ages 4 and 5) enjoy reading this book, and having it read to them. As a parent, it is a fun book to read.